First Day of School for Most of the Joplin School District

By Gretchen Bolander

Published 08/25 2014 10:30AM

Updated 08/25 2014 07:19PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- "I love going to church and school," said Trinity McFadin, Joplin student.

It didn't take long for Trinity McFadin to make up her mind about Cecil Floyd Elementary. She's one of about 580 students starting school there today. 

"It's going great. A lot of excited children, a lot of excited families," said Gayle Hennessey, Cecil Floyd Principal. 

Even Joplin Schools Superintendent Dr. C.J. Huff was in class, taking pictures with kindergartners as the future Class of 2027. The annual tradition is even more special this year, with his youngest daughter starting school for the first time. He expects a few start up snags, but says everyone is ready.

"Once we get the kids to school, the teachers do their job. And I'm sure there will be some hiccups at the end of the day with the transportation system as well. but I'm, we're really excited about kicking off this new school year and getting into all our new schools and getting back to normal," said Dr. C.J. Huff, Joplin Schools Superintendent.

Five-years-olds aren't the only ones starting a new school today. At North Middle School, designated 8th graders are helping the 6th graders get used to a whole new way of learning.

"They've had several tours, an open house. So they're pretty comfortable with it, but when you put 580 kids in a building, things look different. So that's one thing that they're working on, getting that schedule figured out," said Brandon Eggleston, North Middle School Principal. 

Enrollment estimate is slightly down for North, but over at Joplin High School, it looks like there could be an increase in enrollment. Those numbers will firm up during the next few days.  

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