Byron Center — Fifth-graders Deborah Emmitt and Madisyn Smith chose desks near the front of their new classroom on the first day of school at Nickels Intermediate.
The two opened new packages of glue sticks, loaded their pencil pouches and organized their folders, while discussing what they were most looking forward to that day.
“Recess!” Deborah said, and Madisyn agreed.
Deborah also said she was excited for her new teacher, Ellie Snyder.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know all of my students, and it’s been fun watching them explore their new school,” Snyder said.
In the hallways, fifth- and sixth-graders found their lockers and followed their maps to find the right classroom. Staff positioned themselves as guides around every corner.
Assistant Principal Stephanie Hare greeted students at the front doors with high-fives and a smile.
“Anything new is a mixture of nerves and excitement,” Hare said. “We have so much space here and it’s great to see it all come together for the first day.”
After the first bell rang, Principal Tom Trout’s voice came over the intercom for morning announcements.
He ended by saying, “This is the first time we’re going to stand for the pledge of allegiance in our new building.”