Batavia Local School District had a smooth start to the school year Aug. 29.
All students returned to class Wednesday except kindergartners who will return Aug. 30 and Sept. 4.
“I thought it was a very smooth opening,” Superintendent Jill Grubb said.
Grubb said she began the morning at the high school, then went to the middle school and then to the elementary school on the first day. She said overall the morning started well at each location.
At the elementary school, students arrived excited to begin the year.
“I like it, it’s pretty good,” Brayden Zenni, a fourth grader, said about going back to school.
Brayden said they spent most of the morning learning about the rules. He said he is excited to learn more about math and science and how to do weird experiments this year.
Koren Moore-Runck, also a fourth grader, said she was excited to come back to school to see her teachers and friends and is also looking forward to learning new things.
“I am excited about learning about animals and science experiments,” Koren said. “I want to learn more division and multiplication and I want to read at a higher reading level.”
Principal Renee Munro said things have changed a bit for third and fourth graders as well as some second graders this year because they will have different teachers for different subject areas.
Munro said the transition will help with common core standards and the Third Grade Reading guarantee and will also enable them to put experts in each subject area.
She said other than that, things are pretty much the same at the elementary school, and the first day went well for students and teachers.
“So far it has been a really smooth start,” Munro said.
Munro said kindergartners will begin school on Friday, Aug. 30 and on Tues. Sept. 4 and all students will be in the building beginning Sept. 5.
Grubb said across the district, there are few changes this year.
“Schedules and times are pretty much identical to what they were last year,” Grubb said. “We welcomed a few new staff but we’re pretty much just building on last year.”
Students are scheduled to be in school until June 5 this year with Christmas break Dec. 24-31 and spring break April 1-5.
For more information about the schedule or the district visit www.bataviaschools.org.