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Mundelein elementary students nervous, excited during first day of school

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  • Mundelein Elementary District 75's new superintendent, Andy Henrikson, shakes hands with Giselle Hernandez as she exits the bus for the first day of classes at Mechanics Grove School in Mundelein. Henrickson and Principal Kathleen Miller greeted students Tuesday.

       Mundelein Elementary District 75's new superintendent, Andy Henrikson, shakes hands with Giselle Hernandez as she exits the bus for the first day of classes at Mechanics Grove School in Mundelein. Henrickson and Principal Kathleen Miller greeted students Tuesday.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Mechanics Grove Elementary School Principal Kathleen Miller talks with fourth-grader Brandon Jimenez, as his father, Antonio, drops him off for the first day of classes in Mundelein on Tuesday. Miller and Mundelein Elementary District 75's new superintendent, Andy Henrickson, greeted students when they arrived.

       Mechanics Grove Elementary School Principal Kathleen Miller talks with fourth-grader Brandon Jimenez, as his father, Antonio, drops him off for the first day of classes in Mundelein on Tuesday. Miller and Mundelein Elementary District 75's new superintendent, Andy Henrickson, greeted students when they arrived.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Video: Supt. Henrikson greets student

 
By Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com

Nervous children stepped off the bus Tuesday and were greeted with a warm smile and a handshake at Mechanics Grove Elementary School in Mundelein.

Principal Kathleen Miller and Mundelein Elementary District 75's new superintendent, Andy Henrikson, handled the welcoming duties on the first day of the new school year.

"I remember every first day," Henrikson said. "I always promise that this is going to be the best year ever for each student. That is our goal."

Mechanics Grove has an enrollment of 528 students this year in grades third through fifth.

The new students hugged friends and rushed to get to their classrooms as they began the process of learning new names and discovering the challenges they would face in their new classes.

"I think I am going to have a good year. I am really excited about band and playing the trombone. And, I am excited about going to Camp Duncan later this year," fifth-grader Gavin Fiedler said.

During a morning assembly, Miller discussed the school becoming a Lighthouse School for Leadership, a process that has taken three years to accomplish.

The program empowers children to take ownership of their learning and behavior through the principles of the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Steven R. Covey.

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