Bells ring for first day of school in Weston

Ms. Cebulski greets one of her new students, Alex Ardizzone, on the first day of school Monday, Aug. 27, at Hurlbutt Elementary School

The first day of school in Weston was as bright and warm as the weather on Monday, Aug. 27.

Weston Middle School opened with no delay from a summer door and window construction project, and all four school campuses were bustling with energy.

“Welcoming the students back to campus yesterday for the new school year brought excitement and life back to our previously quiet summer campus,” said Superintendent Colleen Palmer.

She said students returned with smiles and some sleepy faces and got a warm reception from teachers and staff members. “We look forward to another wonderful year with our students and families,” Dr. Palmer said.

Hurlbutt teacher Mrs. Fernandez greets, from left, Samantha Lowe, Sophia Witkin, and Karl Schulz on the first day of school

Hurlbutt teacher Mrs. Fernandez greets, from left, Samantha Lowe, Sophia Witkin, and Karl Schulz on the first day of school. —Bryan Haeffele photo

Weston High School students decorated their cars, many seniors proclaiming pride to be part of the Class of 2013. Inside the high school was a banner in the main hallway welcoming the students back.

For Weston’s youngest students at Hurlbutt Elementary School, things also went well on day one, which for many is their first time at school.

All the teachers at Hurlbutt gathered outside to greet each student as they stepped off buses and out of cars.

“We began with ‘all hands on deck’ where every staff member, along with parent volunteers, helped guide our students to where they needed to go,” said Joanna Genovese, Hurlbutt principal.

The rest of day one at Hurlbutt was filled with classroom community meetings to familiarize students with expectations and learn more about their classmates.

“We are thrilled with the amount of energy and excitement for this upcoming school year,” Ms. Genovese said.

On Friday, Aug. 24, Dr. Palmer greeted administrators and teachers at a convocation assembly at Weston Intermediate School and said she looked forward to the school year.

In a PowerPoint presentation, she explained how she went from a school leader to a student herself this summer as she learned how to sail for the first time.

The group was also treated to a musical video parody performed by the administrators of all four schools.

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