By LISA CAPOBIANCO
Plainville Community Schools opened its doors for elementary, middle, and high school students last week to kick off the new 2013-2014 school year.
School administrators and teachers greeted students outside Linden Street Elementary School, as parents said farewell to their youngsters. The students then gathered together in the playground to greet their peers before the school bell chimed.
For student-teacher Carey Simone, the new school year is an exciting time since this is her first year at Linden. Simone said she is a student-teacher for the Pre-K program at Linden as well as a student-teacher for grades K through five at Wheeler Elementary School.
“This is my first time seeing the kids, since last week was prep week,” Simone said. “I am excited to interact with them.”
Students also felt excited to start the new school year. First-grader Nia Green arrived to Linden with a pink ruffled shirt along with a sparkly cowboy hat to match it. Nia said she looks forward to “learning everything” because she enjoys a variety of subjects in school.
Abby Huard is also a first-grader at Linden. She said besides recess, she also is looking forward to gym class, especially when the weather holds up.
Her mother, Alycia Huard, attended the old Linden Street School during her elementary school days. Huard recalled all the “good times” she had at Linden.
“It is a sweet memory,” Huard said.
Huard also said she hopes Abby continues her excellent academic performance this year.
“I hope she continues to excel,” Huard said. “She thrived last year in kindergarten.”
Principal Paula Eshoo of Linden said the new school year had a wonderful start, as staff members, teachers and students expressed a positive attitude and were “dressed to impress in their attire.”
“Scholars enjoyed summer and seemed genuinely happy to be back,” Eshoo said. “I visited every classroom and children were learning routines, getting to know each other and doing their best.”