Jacobie Owens stood with his sister in front of North Augusta Elementary School on Monday morning as he waited to start his first day of school.
Before leaving home, they took pictures and said a prayer for the school year, said his sister, Shatara Jones.
“We wanted to make sure he started off the school year in the right way,” she said.
Jacobie was excited about the first day of school and was looking forward to having fun, making friends and learning a lot, said the fourth grader.
Near the school’s cafeteria, Principal Laurie Reese greeted pupils and their parents as they arrived. Seeing the pupils arrive and their excitement is the best part about the first day of school, she said.
It also sets the tone for the school year.
“I’m looking forward to seeing our students succeed and continue their great achievements,” she said.
In the first grade pod area, teacher Katie Gates welcomed pupils and provided directions on what they are to do when they arrive each morning.
“I enjoy seeing their excitement,” said Gates, the school’s teacher of the year. “I’m excited about what’s ahead this school year. I want them to be successful and meet their individual goals.”
By the start of lunchtime Monday at North Augusta Middle School, the school day was in full swing without any problems, said Principal Wendy Jacobs.
Sixth-grader Trenton Butler was a little nervous coming into the day, but that didn’t last long, he said.
“It’s been a really good day,” said the 11-year-old.
He’s most excited about what he’ll do in his math and science classes, which are his favorite subjects, he said.
Eighth-grader Carly Wolf wants to “be a good role model for those going to sixth and seventh grades,” she said.
She also has set her academic goals for the year.
“I want to get all A’s”, she said.
It was exciting to see everyone on the first day, said fellow eighth-grader Emily Biebesheimer, adding that she’s excited about the year ahead.
“I’m looking forward to learning how to speak Spanish and cheering,” she said.
With the school year underway, it’s now time to focus on academic excellence, said Jacobs.
“North Augusta Middle School has a tradition of academic excellence that has been established and I’m looking forward to maintaining and building on those academic standards this year,” she said.