"I don't mind going back," said fourth-grade student Taylor Breckins. "But, I do wish we had more summer. School's sort of fun, but I like playing with my friends."
While Wednesday marked the first day of school for most students, eight elementary schools opened July 23, as year-round schedule began.
And one last school, Ellison Park Elementary won't begin its school year until Oct. 1, due to a construction delay.
Because of the delay, students there will attend school 15 minutes longer per day than other elementary students and will have an extended school year, lasting until June 20.
The Davis School District has 82 schools, including 8 high schools, 14 junior high schools, 56 elementary schools and 4 alternative schools.
And this year, the district opened three new schools: previously mentioned Ellison Park Elementary, located in Layton; Snow Horse Elementary, also located in Layton and Syracuse High School, located in Syracuse. Each school was paid for by voter-approved Building Improvement and Construction Bonds.
Syracuse High, a 386,000-square-foot school, will house more than 1,000 junior and sophomore students. The school includes 97 classrooms, 2,000 lockers, 1,000 parking stalls and a 1,158-seat auditorium. Construction on the site began April 2005, with the final touches finished on June 15, 2007. Last week, the school held a ribbon-cutting ceremony, celebrating the school's opening.
As school begins, school officials and police are reminding drivers to slow down and pay special attention to crosswalks.
To celebrate the beginning of the 2007-08 school year, many schools will be hosting back-to-school events. Check with your student's school to see what activities are happening. Or visit, the Davis School District's Web site www.davis.k12.ut.us.