Kindergartners at Pass Christian Elementary hit the ground running on their first day of school. One of the first lessons of the day -- P.E. The youngsters walked into class for the first time, not knowing what to expect.
Andrew Henske may be smiling now, but that wasn't the case just hours earlier. When asked if Andrew was nervous, he responded "Yeah, yeah, 'cause I don't want to go to school. I was scared".
Not as scared as Maria Maido. Maria said "I cried today, because I want my mom and dad and my sister. I miss them".
That's when their Kindergarten teacher stepped in to shake those fears away. Linda Windley said "We have some that are nervous and shy, so we just kinda talk to them, and kinda try to coax them away from their mother. I bribe them if I need to".
Students aren't the only ones who are anxious about the new year. Try teaching a class for the very first time, like Nicole Overman.
Overman said "I read Harry Wong. If you're an educator, everybody knows Harry Wong. I was reading his book, and going over classroom management, and just trying to think of a plan. I was very nervous. As soon as the kids started coming in, my nerves just stopped. All of sudden I wasn't nervous anymore and I realized, this is it! This is what I've wanted to do".
It seems some youngsters are slowly overcoming those first-day jitters too. When asked if she looked forward to coming to school the next day, Maria Maido said "Well, I'll have to think about it".
You can expect the same emotions at schools across South Mississippi over the next few days. Most students go back to school Thursday, Friday or Monday.