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.