Students head back to class for first day of school

Wearing backpacks and carrying school supplies (and a few stuffed animals here and there), Marblehead students headed back to class this morning.

“We’re so excited,” said Finna Walsh as she and friend Londyn Ball walked toward the Village School to start sixth grade together. “We met each other in preschool and this is the first time we’re in a class together.”

Asked what she was looking forward to the most, Ball answered, “Learning new things and meeting new people.”

Oliver Pizzaro is starting second grade at the Brown School. “I’m excited to play football at recess,” he said. His brother Leo, starting fourth grade at Village, said he was looking fowward to having a lot of fun this year.

Myla Goncalves is also starting fourth grade and hopes to play a lot of soccer ths year. She’s already missing summer, though. “We went to the Cape two times,” she said.

Acting Superintendent Michelle Cresta and Assistant Superintendent Julia Ferreira greeted students at the Village School.

Cresta said she’s outgrown her back-to-school jitters. “I’m looking forward to a great year and working with the team,” she said.

Ferreira added, “I’m excited to see how all the work we did over the summer with teachers will pay off,” she said referring to professional development. “We invested so much.”

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Editor Leigh Blander is an experienced TV, radio and print journalist who has written hundreds of stories for local newspapers, including the Marblehead Reporter.

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