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First day of school offers excitement for everyone


POTSDAM - It’s the start of the school year, a day that signifies the beginning of a long journey for some students and the first day in a series of lasts for members of the Class of 2014.

Potsdam senior Noah Chichester said the fact that this is his last year at Potsdam hasn’t quite set in yet.

“It hasn’t really hit me yet,” he said. “Once we get into it, I’m sure I’ll realize I won’t be coming back, but it hasn’t sunk in yet.”

Mr. Chichester said his favorite part of the first day is newness of the everything.

“It’s a new year and everybody is back. We have to get used to it, but pretty soon we’ll all fall back into the same routine,” he said.

Two other students at Potsdam though were a bit nervous heading into their first day.

“I don’t know if I’m going to get lost or not,” said Nickolas Moore.

Logan Foster agreed.

Both Logan and Nickolas are freshmen this year.

“There’s a lot of walking,” he said. “The high school is a big building and we have classes all over the place.”

To help combat that and because “the lockers are smaller,” Nickolas said he was planning to carry his books and supplies with him throughout the day.

At Colton-Pierrepont, senior Wyatt Cole said he was looking forward to attending BOCES, where he is in the metal working program.

He also said the though that the realization he won’t be returning to school next year is “definitely different. It’s my last first day. It’s definitely different,” he said. “I haven’t really thought about it.”’

In the elementary wing, Nathaniel Smith and David Fangan were looking forward to their first day in second grade.

When asked what their favorite part of the school day was, Nathaniel replied, “Recess,” while David simply said, “Everything.”

David added that in anticipation of the first day he could barely contain his excitement Wednesday.

“Yesterday I was screaming because I like school so much,” he said.

And while the boys agreed first grade was hard, they said they were looking forward to the challenges in store for them this year.

“First grade was super hard,” David said.

When asked if they thought this year would be easier, Nathaniel replied, “No,” and David said, “It will probably be a little bit harder.”

Sydnie Phippen,a sixth grader at Parisvhille-Hopkinton, and Katelyn Dewey, a sophomore, also both said they were glad to be back at school.

“Now I can see all my friends again,” Sydnie said.

Ms. Dewey also said she was excited to see her friends again, but she was also looking forward to “getting back into learning.”

And while she said she enjoys learning, Ms. Dewey did say the return of homework was her least favorite part of the school year resuming.

As for what they’re looking forward to, Ms. Dewey said she’s looking forward to the Winter Ball.

Sydnie said she’s already looking forward to next year.

“Sixth grade is basically the same as fifth grade,” she said. “Next year, we get to walk the halls on our own.”

Students though, aren’t the only ones excited for the first day.

“I never get tired of the first day of school,” said Potsdam High School Principal Joann Chambers. “There’s an energy and excitement. It makes you feel good that the kids want to go back to school and are looking forward to a fresh start.”

“Superintendent Patrick H. Brady agreed.

“There’s always a lot of excitement surrounding the first day,” he said. “One of the great things about education is there is always a new start.”

Comments from Parishville-Hopkinton Superintendent Darin P. Saiff and Colton-Pierrepont Superintendent Joseph A. Kardash were nearly identical, with both men noting the students breathe fresh air back into the building.

“The school comes back to life. A school’s not a school without the students,” Mr. Kardash said. “The staff does a nice job of starting the year off with energy and creativity for the students. The first day is like no other.”

“Having the kids back in school breaths live back into the building,” Mr. Saiff said, adding the energy isn’t only coming from students.

“I think the teachers are more excited than the kids today,” he said.

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