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School Year Kicks off in Missoula

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It's the tail end of summer, and Wednesday marked the first day of school for thousands of students in Missoula County.

Students tried to shake the first day jitters as they posed for pictures and said goodbye to moms and dads before entering the busy hallways of Cold Springs School.

Fifth-grader Keaton said, "Nervous and… that's it pretty much."

Hitting the books again isn't Keaton's idea of a good time, but he said he is keen on reuniting with friends he's missed over the summer.

"I'm excited to see them because I can actually hang out with them for a while," he added.

Keaton's mom, Rebecca Glidewell, said it's a bittersweet first day, because it's Keaton's last year at Cold Springs, as he'll move into 6th grade and a new middle school next year.

Glidewell said, "We're going to miss the school, because I went here myself when I was younger, so it's kind of in the family!"

More students were reunited as they made their way across the playground. Others were more anxious to get inside the classroom to seek out rewards… not necessarily related to academics.

"I'm really excited for the first day of school because when I first met my teacher she said there was going to be lots of parties!" another student said excitedly.

Missoula County boasts nine elementary schools, three middle schools, and five high schools. School officials said enrollment numbers are still being tallied, as many parents and students start the process today.

And as the clock hit 8:25 a.m., 4th graders officially kicked off the school year inside Beth Schieber's classroom.

Schieber said, "It feels like 4th grade's the year they just really take off, and they're so excited about different things, they really take off with reading, or just different subjects, social studies, science, different things, and their personalities really come out -- I'm really excited to see that this year."

Only high school freshman began classes on Wednesday in Missoula. Sophomores, juniors and seniors, and students at Willard Alternative High School start Thursday morning.

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