First Day Of School For Most In Jefferson, Lewis Counties

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More than 500 youngsters, wearing backpacks and carrying lunchboxes, said goodbye to mom and dad and walked into Evans Mills Primary School for the first time this year.

Parents are cautious.

"It's a little bit bittersweet. She's ready to go back," said Melissa Verne, a parent.

Bus drivers are happy to be back at work.

"You got all the new kids and you get to meet them. It's exciting," said driver Dave MaCaulay.

The teachers are excited too.

Reggie Hafemann is experiencing her 23rd first day as a teacher.

She's optimistic this year will be as good as the previous 22.

"A lot of new changes coming in so it's going to be different for everybody I think this year. But it's going to be a great year as far as I'm concerned," said Hafemann.

Principal Pamela Knight has made a few changes this year.

"We've come up with a couple of new committees that are going to brainstorm on how to use data to inform the instruction in the classroom so that teachers have a criteria of what to look for," said Knight.

One day of learning in the books, many more to come.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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