With pencils sharpened and backpacks packed, students return to school

Aug 31, 2022

It was all smiles as the buses rolled into the Potter School parking lot for the first day of school on Wednesday.

As the students clambered off, ready to start the new year, Principal Rick Porter was there to greet each of them with a smile before shepherding them off to their respective teachers.

“I’m feeling really good,” he said about the first day.

Porter said that even if none of the technology works and all the copy machines jam, the day would still be a success if they could just meet the students and start getting to know them.

“Today is all about building relationships with the kids,” he said.

While Porter helped the kids off their buses, the school’s new music teacher, Cam Siegal, serenaded them with a special song about the first day of school.

“We brought entertainment,” Porter said with a laugh.

Teachers too stood in front of the school, waving to students as they walked in and giving out the occasional high-five.

On the north side of the building, kindergarteners were let off the bus in a special area where their parents and teachers were waiting to introduce them to their new school.

When the final bus was gone, teachers headed inside to start the day and the school year officially began.

Dartmouth Schools Superintendent Dr. Bonny Gifford said the day went just as smoothly for the town’s other schools.

“All went extremely well,” she said. “I visited all schools and witnessed them running like well oiled machines. We were very pleased with transportation among other things.”