School is back in session

Students in the Anoka-Hennepin, Spring Lake Park and St. Francis school districts headed back to class Sept. 5.

With a mix of anxiety and excitement, students filed off school buses and into area schools bright and early Tuesday morning.

Kids gave hugs and high-fives to friends and teachers, bubbling over with stories about their summer experiences.

Some sixth-graders struggled with combination locks and finding classrooms in new larger middle school environments.

All-school assemblies kicked off the new year in some buildings. Anoka High School Principal Mike Farley rode into the field house on a motorcycle dressed as Elvis.

“Our theme this year will be ‘Ohana,’” he said, after showing a clip from Disney’s “Lilo and Stitch.” “We are one family; we take care of each other.”

In a video released this morning, Anoka-Hennepin Superintendent David Law led elected officials, staff and retired staff in bus karaoke, a parody of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment on “The Late Late Show.”

“We know we don’t dance well and sing well, but we do care a lot about our kids and are willing to get out of our comfort zone to make sure kids have a great school year,” Law said.

Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View firefighters stopped by schools in their coverage area, welcoming kids and families.

It was a first for the department and could become a new tradition, according to the firefighters.

Send us your back to school photos

We know you moms and dads enjoy taking and sharing first-day-of-school photos. Now we’d like you to share them with us. We’ll use as many as possible in the Sept. 15 edition.

Share them on our Facebook page from Sept. 5-9, or email them to [email protected].

Photos must include your child’s first and last name, grade level and hometown.

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Katie Storlie welcomes her kindergarten class to Northpoint Elementary School on the first day of the new school year.Photo by Olivia Alveshere Mohamed Mire Mohamed and his family just moved to Minnesota from Tennessee. His children Abdullahi Mire Mohamed and Deega Mire Mohamed are entering the fourth and second grades respectively at Franklin Elementary School in Anoka. Photo by Eric Hagen Daphne Louden gets a helping of peaches before starting her first day of school as a second grader at Franklin Elementary.Photo by Eric Hagen Anthony Czyson, a third-grader at Franklin Elementary, walks his brother Jonathan to school on his first day as a kindergartner.Photo by Eric Hagen Franklin Elementary fifth-graders Leah Amsler and Julie Orth quickly pose for a photo as Ava Gilles, 2nd grade; Ariella Gilles, kindergarten and Ashton Gilles, fourth grade, cross the street.Photo by Eric Hagen Angie Keen takes a selfie with her son Keagin on his first day of school as a kindergartner at Franklin Elementary, Anoka.Photo by Eric Hagen Franklin Elementary School Principal Brian Erlandson greets students on the first day of school Tuesday, Sept. 5.Photo by Eric Hagen Autumn Clark, Kejohnae Berry and Semaj Williams pose for a photo on their first day of school as third graders at Franklin Elementary, Anoka. Kim Madrid hugs her son, Elijah, on his first day of school Tuesday. Elijah Madrid is a second grade student at Franklin Elementary, Anoka.Photo by Eric Hagen Kaden George, kindergarten, was greeted by his grandmother, Jennifer Asmussen, and his aunt, Ashley Palbicki (not pictured), on his first day of school at Franklin Elementary.Photo by Eric Hagen Franklin Elementary School students were anxious to get off the bus and see their friends and teachers on the first day of school Tuesday, Sept. 5.Photo by Eric Hagen From left to right, Nasra Haboaimana, Dalayah Saydee, Amaja Jones (front), Florance Uwizeye, Delana Washburn, Tatyana Saryee and Camille Washburn pose for a photo in front of Coon Rapids Middle School on the first day of classes Sept. 5.Photo by Olivia Alveshere Coon Rapids Middle School students file off of the buses and into the school on the first day.Photo by Olivia Alveshere Social studies teacher Sara Zimowicz points students in the right direction on the first day of school.Photo by Olivia Alveshere Seventh-grader Jadian Gallegos puts his backpack in his locker before the bell rings at Coon Rapids Middle School.Photo by Olivia Alveshere Erika Barnes, left, and Gabbie Bernstrom are all smiles on their first day of seventh grade at Coon Rapids Middle School.Photo by Olivia Alveshere CRMS eighth-graders in Jessica Malm’s AVID core homeroom prepare for the first day.Photo by Olivia Alveshere Northpoint Elementary School students grab some breakfast before class on the first day of school Sept. 5.Photo by Olivia Alveshere Reading specialist Mari Dahlke high-fives third-grader Colten McManus as he arrives at Northpoint Elementary School for the first day of class.Photo by Olivia Alveshere Kindergartner Sarah Karger is bubbling over with excitement as she hops off of the school bus.Photo by Olivia Alveshere Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View firefighter Matthias Gosch high-fives students as they enter Northpoint Elementary School for the first day of the 2017-2018 year. This is the first year SBM firefighters have been on hand to greet students.Photo by Olivia Alveshere Northpoint Elementary students exit the buses and head inside to meet their teachers.Photo by Olivia Alveshere Continuous improvement coach Erin Stalsberg hears about third-grader Reagan Nelson’s summer.Photo by Olivia Alveshere First-grader Jonathan Liss shows off his coloring skills.Photo by Olivia Alveshere Sunny Guimont hangs up her backpack in her first-grade classroom at Northpoint Elementary School.Photo by Olivia Alveshere Elizabeth Hultgren monitors her third-grade students as school starts back up Sept. 5.Photo by Olivia Alveshere
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Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View firefighter Matthias Gosch high-fives students as they enter Northpoint Elementary School for the first day of the 2017-2018 year. This is the first year SBM firefighters have been on hand to greet students.Photo by Olivia Alveshere