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First day of school: students ready with later start

Renee Shadforth
Colin FisherStudents at Glenshire Elementary take took to the halls Tuesday on the first day of school.
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With school starting the day after Labor Day this year, rather than the week before like previous years, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District students and parents were more than ready for the first day of class.

From the class of 2004 (this year’s seniors) to the class of 2018 (this year’s kindergartners), roughly 3,000 Truckee students showed up for the first day of class Tuesday, according to school district demographic study estimates.

At Glenshire Elementary School, excited students walked to class with their parents, who were also thrilled about the first day of school.

Parent Kris Kuyper expressed her enthusiasm while standing outside her son Nico’s third-grade classroom.

“I’m even more excited (about the first day) than him,” she said. “And you can add three exclamation points to that,” she joked.

“He even combed his own hair,” Kuyper added. “He’s anxious to find his friends and find out when recess is.”

Nico’s teacher, Ms. Haddy, greeted all her students and parents with a hug on the way inside the classroom.

Many parents followed their children around with cameras to record their child’s first day of class.

The Glenshire Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization had coffee, juice, doughnuts and bagels out for the parents and students.

As they stood by the snack table before class, third-graders and best friends Katie Herrington and Fiona Delforge said they set goals to read and write faster than anyone this year.

Herrington and Delforge said they are excited about joining band and chorus.

“You can just sing your heart out,” Delforge said.

At recess, most students saw their newly paved playground for the first time to meet up with their friends and talk about what they did over the summer.

“Everybody is ready for the first day,” said Glenshire Elementary Principal Kathleen Gauthier after the students were settled in their classrooms. “I really truly am excited about starting. I miss everyone over the summer.”


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