Finding out school was canceled Monday before the year even began wasn’t exactly the best way to kick off the 2012-13 school year, especially after most students had already spent the weekend psyching themselves up for that first day back.
South Side Elementary School students Lucas Foster and Sophie Tester were on pins and needles as they waited to hear whether they would return to school Tuesday.
“I was happy, because, ‘Yay! No School!’ But then I was sad, because I didn’t get to see my friends,” third-grader Tester said.
“I wasn’t too happy, cause I was mad that couldn’t see my friends and stuff,” the 7-year-old said.
But on Wednesday, the two students got their wish as Johnson City schools were back in session for another year.
As one would imagine, there was lots of excitement in the air.
“I woke up at six o’clock, and I was like, ‘I’m going to school!’ ” Tester said.
Both Tester and Foster were excited to finally see friends old and new and get the chance to the meet their teacher.
First-year principal Dr. Ann Littleford couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the year.
“I would’ve thought it would have been a bit chaotic, because it is my first day as principal of an elementary school. ... From what I hear it was like any other first day,” she said.
Littleford said she couldn’t remember a time when an event like Sunday’s flood impacted the beginning of a school year.
Even with two days of cancelled school, systemwide grade reconfiguration and utilizing buses from Bristol City Schools to help transport kids, the first day of school came and went just as it normally would have.
“It didn’t seem any different when the kids came in. If we didn’t know about the chaos that happened, it just seemed like a normal day. Parents were happy, everybody was here and the kids were so glad to be here,” Littleford said.
Once the short week is over and students have had a chance to settle in, Littleford said the school year will really kick into high gear next week.