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Harrison County Celebrates First Day of School
Written by Andrew Havranek
Last updated on August 15, 2014 @ 12:00AM
Created on August 14, 2014 @ 6:47PM

The middle of August normally still means a few more weeks of summer, but lately, it definitely feels like the "first day of school" outside.

That is exactly what Thursday was for students all across Harrison County!

Overall, teachers and principals say they didn't have too many problems other than fixing some schedules for a few students at high school, and some kids missed the bus, but other than that, everyone seemed to have a great day back in class.

With the Pledge of Allegiance, the 2014-2015 school year is underway, and even though its early, everyone seemed happy to be back.

For the most part, our kids seem very excited. It doesn't seem any different than the past 30 some years, so I really don't think that comes into play,” said Mark DeFazio, Principal at Bridgeport High School.

Schools in The Mountain State started earlier this year to help the problem of snow days in the winter. The teachers are excited, parents are excited, and even though they may not all admit it, students are happy to be back, and Superintendent Dr. Mark Manchin says that is what makes Harrison County schools some of the best in the state.

We've walked through the school, we see some outstanding classrooms,” Manchin said. “We've seen some really neat things happening, we have motivated teachers and custodians and bus drivers and cooks and everybody who makes this school system, what I consider one of the best school systems in the state of West Virginia. I'm proud to be part of this.”

Dr. Manchin also said there are high expectations for students this year, and teachers agree.

Expectations are as always, just that we open a window of learning for the children and that they do the best that they possibly can, and that we push each student to their highest ability,” said Nutter Fort Fifth Grade Teacher, Lillie Junkins.

Teachers also had some advice for students to help them get back into the swing of school. Go to bed early, eat healthy and don't skip breakfast, stay active and exercise to relieve stress, study and go to class daily.


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