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  • Blake Hansen, 7, waves to his parents Natalie and John as he arrives via bus at Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School for the first day on Wednesday. Blake's parents met him as he got off the bus and saw him off to school.

       Blake Hansen, 7, waves to his parents Natalie and John as he arrives via bus at Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School for the first day on Wednesday. Blake's parents met him as he got off the bus and saw him off to school.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Danny Diaz, 9, talks with fourth-grade teacher Sara Stobart on the first day of class Wednesday at Field Elementary School in Wheeling.

       Danny Diaz, 9, talks with fourth-grade teacher Sara Stobart on the first day of class Wednesday at Field Elementary School in Wheeling.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Second-grader Brennan Sproule is consoled by his mother Tricia Wednesday morning before the first day of class at Westfield Community School, where Brennan is attending class for the first time. The Sproules moved to a different neighborhood in Algonquin over the summer, so Brennan wasn't sure about the new building, his new teacher and all new classmates.

       Second-grader Brennan Sproule is consoled by his mother Tricia Wednesday morning before the first day of class at Westfield Community School, where Brennan is attending class for the first time. The Sproules moved to a different neighborhood in Algonquin over the summer, so Brennan wasn't sure about the new building, his new teacher and all new classmates.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Grace Estes, 9, unpacks her school supplies on her first day back to school at Field Elementary School.

       Grace Estes, 9, unpacks her school supplies on her first day back to school at Field Elementary School.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Saks talks with former student Bryer Seibert as he enters the first grade at Copeland Manor School in Libertyville Wednesday during the first day of classes.

       Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Saks talks with former student Bryer Seibert as he enters the first grade at Copeland Manor School in Libertyville Wednesday during the first day of classes.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Special education teacher Pete Karamitos fires up students while wearing a buffalo costume during a first day of school rally at Buffalo Grove High School on Wednesday.

       Special education teacher Pete Karamitos fires up students while wearing a buffalo costume during a first day of school rally at Buffalo Grove High School on Wednesday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Prairie View Grade School principal Daniel Schuth runs down a line of second-graders getting fives as they head to class for the first day of school for District 301 in Elgin Wednesday.

       Prairie View Grade School principal Daniel Schuth runs down a line of second-graders getting fives as they head to class for the first day of school for District 301 in Elgin Wednesday.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • New kindergartner Ava Tousey jumps into the arms of third-grade teacher Michelle Soland as she arrives with other students at Westfield Community School last Wednesday for the first day of classes. Ava's father Mike is pictured at left.

       New kindergartner Ava Tousey jumps into the arms of third-grade teacher Michelle Soland as she arrives with other students at Westfield Community School last Wednesday for the first day of classes. Ava's father Mike is pictured at left.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Haiden Paulsen gets her hair twirled by her older sister Payton as they wait for the bell to ring to start the first day of school at Prairie View Grade School in Elgin Wednesday. The sisters are in first and third grades respectively. Haiden made the mask in summer camp a couple of days ago and decided to show it off for the first day.

       Haiden Paulsen gets her hair twirled by her older sister Payton as they wait for the bell to ring to start the first day of school at Prairie View Grade School in Elgin Wednesday. The sisters are in first and third grades respectively. Haiden made the mask in summer camp a couple of days ago and decided to show it off for the first day.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Roger and Allyson Brewer walk with their daughter Anya, 7, who was on her way to her first day of second grade at Davis Primary School in St. Charles Wednesday.

      Roger and Allyson Brewer walk with their daughter Anya, 7, who was on her way to her first day of second grade at Davis Primary School in St. Charles Wednesday.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Busses unload during the first day of school at Davis Primary School in St. Charles Wednesday.

      Busses unload during the first day of school at Davis Primary School in St. Charles Wednesday.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Fourth grade teacher, Michelle Welsh, greets new students at Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School for the first day of school on Wednesday.

       Fourth grade teacher, Michelle Welsh, greets new students at Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School for the first day of school on Wednesday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Laura Ryan takes a picture of her daughter, Alyssa, 8, as she and her younger brother, Ethan, 6, (hiding behind sign) take turns in front of the school sign for Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School on the first day of class Wednesday.

       Laura Ryan takes a picture of her daughter, Alyssa, 8, as she and her younger brother, Ethan, 6, (hiding behind sign) take turns in front of the school sign for Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School on the first day of class Wednesday.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Eighth-grader Allie Mandel, center, cheers as she learns what "team" she is in this year as she and fellow eighth-grader Jala Micic arrive at Westfield Community School for the first day of classes last week. At right is seventh-grade teacher Matt Skidmore. Students are grouped into "teams" of students for their core classes with certain teachers, and those details aren't known to the students until they show up on the first day.

       Eighth-grader Allie Mandel, center, cheers as she learns what "team" she is in this year as she and fellow eighth-grader Jala Micic arrive at Westfield Community School for the first day of classes last week. At right is seventh-grade teacher Matt Skidmore. Students are grouped into "teams" of students for their core classes with certain teachers, and those details aren't known to the students until they show up on the first day.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Freshman Kaylee Hanebuth, left and junior Lauren Spiwak chat in the lunchroom during the first day of classes at Grayslake North High School Thursday.

       Freshman Kaylee Hanebuth, left and junior Lauren Spiwak chat in the lunchroom during the first day of classes at Grayslake North High School Thursday.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Students at Bartlett High School hurry to their classes on this first day back to school on Monday.

       Students at Bartlett High School hurry to their classes on this first day back to school on Monday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Senior peer leaders Joe Butler, Justin Busch, Kelly Walsh, and Colin Piper walk the hallways helping out freshman who are having trouble finding their classes on the first day back to school at Bartlett High School on Monday.

       Senior peer leaders Joe Butler, Justin Busch, Kelly Walsh, and Colin Piper walk the hallways helping out freshman who are having trouble finding their classes on the first day back to school at Bartlett High School on Monday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • New principal Mark Ostop hands coffee to a parent as school officials serve coffee to parents who drop off their children during the first day of school Monday at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein. The school started the practice several years ago and it has become a regular tradition.

       New principal Mark Ostop hands coffee to a parent as school officials serve coffee to parents who drop off their children during the first day of school Monday at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein. The school started the practice several years ago and it has become a regular tradition.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Giles Phillips, left, greets Jake Petersen for the first day of Business Incubator Startup class at Barrington High School on Tuesday.

       Giles Phillips, left, greets Jake Petersen for the first day of Business Incubator Startup class at Barrington High School on Tuesday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Thomas Murray is greeted by Spanish language teacher Lisa Nardiello for Spanish II class during the first day of school at Barrington High School on Tuesday.

       Thomas Murray is greeted by Spanish language teacher Lisa Nardiello for Spanish II class during the first day of school at Barrington High School on Tuesday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 

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