Attributions: 
Lauren Bush

Fresh school supplies, a change of season, and fall colors emerging mean it’s time for a new school year. Over 32,000 students in Nebo School District returned to school this past week and while some may mourn the end of summer, many are excited at what a new year will bring. Across Nebo School District, teachers and staff welcomed the students back with enthusiasm.

“It’s been nice to have life back in the building,” Orchard Hills Elementary Principal Ryan Murray said. “You go all summer and it’s pretty quiet. I love feeling the excitement level come back.”

Walking through the halls of Orchard Hills and the other elementary schools, the energy from the students is tangible. Children are sharing their summer memories with friends, meeting with their new teachers, and admiring the fun decorations adorning the halls.

The teachers and staff have been adding to the excitement by putting on activities to welcome students back. For example, at East Meadows Elementary, the students participated in daily activities as part of “Mustang Week.”

“We had a field day, classroom activities, art projects, and we finished with a dance party at our back to school assembly,” said East Meadows Principal Celeste Gledhill. “We love having the kids back at school.”

Teachers have been busy over the 12-week summer break preparing for their new classrooms. Ms. Jaelle Judkins, third-grade teacher at East Meadows, said it feels great to be back and meet the students she’s been preparing for.

“I absolutely have loved meeting the kids,” she said. “We’ve been preparing all summer, we get our class lists but you don’t know who they are yet. And then at back-to-school night you get to meet them and know their personalities and put a face to a name. It just feels so good to be back.”

The students, too, are excited to meet their teachers. One second grader from Salem Elementary said that meeting his teacher and making new friends was his favorite part about coming back to school. Other students say they love coming back to their favorite subjects such as reading, math, or science.

Hobble Creek Principal Mike Johnson said that while most are excited, there are some who might be nervous about a new year.

“Emotions are high with a lot of firsts for people, and some students are kind of timid,” Johnson said.”But it’s been fun to feel the energy again. These buildings were made to have that kind of positive energy.”