BOUNTIFUL — Even though she’s been teaching for 25 years, Marcia Thompson still had the first-day jitters when school started Tuesday.
“I still get butterflies the first day,” said the Holbrook Elementary teacher. “I couldn’t sleep last night.”
Thompson was one of many teachers across Davis School District to start school this week, alongside 68,500 students who returned to school Sept. 4.
Lucy Bushel, a fourth-grader at Holbrook Elementary, said she was excited to return to school and that she’s always had great teachers at the school. Her favorite subject is art, she said. Her least favorite: math.
Once her best friend Ruby Swenson arrived, Lucy brightened up even more.
At Centerville Junior High, friends greeted friends as buses dropped students off bright and early, in time for first period at 8:10.
Student body officers gave high-fives and an arch of balloons welcomed returning students and new seventh graders.
At Holbrook Elementary, parents accompanied their students to an opening flag ceremony, a tradition at the school. After scouts raised the flag, families joined in the Pledge of Allegiance, then students found their teachers and were led to their classrooms.
Parents were flashing cameras, giving hugs and, in some cases, shedding tears as their children started the new year.
Class sizes are “huge” this year, according to Principal Darryl Denhalter. Right now, Holbrook’s kindergarten classes have 28 students and some older grades have even more.
Besides large classes, another challenge teachers face in many classrooms is the lack of air conditioning.
Fans were running in Thompson’s room, where 34 fifth-grade students will learn U.S. history and continue to improve their math and reading skills.
For more information check out the Sept.6 edition of Davis Clipper.