SOUTHINGTON - DePaolo Middle School was abuzz with activity Thursday as parents dropped off students and other children walked over with friends to begin their first day.
Several students said that, despite on some level wishing it were still summer, they were eager to see their friends again and get back to learning about their favorite subjects.
Some were dropped off by their parents as teachers stood in the parking lot directing traffic. Many of them walked to school with friends or met up with others as they arrived and then walked to the school entrance with them, sharing summer stories and catching up on the way.
Teachers waited at the doors of the school to greet the students and gather them in the cafeteria.
“I’m glad to see all of my friends who I haven’t seen since the summer vacation started,” said Tyairis Woodbury, a seventh-grader who said that gym is his favorite subject. He added that he enjoys playing football and basketball.
Bartosz Giza, a seventh-grader, said his favorite subject is science.
“It’s interesting and it’s fun to do experiments,” he said.
Eighth-grader Frankie Martorell also said his favorite subject is science and added that DePaolo Middle School is “awesome.”
Stephanie Cheney, a sixth-grader, said that what she enjoys most about school is reading books.
Mohan Subramaniam walked his daughter, Sweta, to her first day of sixth grade Thursday. She said her favorite subject was math and when asked what she liked about it, she replied, “Everything.”
Subramaniam said DePaolo Middle School is a “very good” school for his children. He also has a son who is in eighth grade.
“The teachers are all good and there are a lot of activities for the kids to do,” said Subramaniam.
Superintendent of Schools Tim Connellan spent the day visiting each school in the district and welcoming students back.
“The first day for students in Southington was filled with excitement and energy,” said Connellan. “Students, parents, teachers and administrators were all smiling and very happy with how the day began and progressed. Everyone is looking forward to tomorrow.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.