See moments from the first day back to school this week at schools in Burlington, St. Charles, Geneva, Buffalo Grove, Mundelein, and Gurnee

Woodland Intermediate School's new principal Derek Straight plays a name game with third grade dual language students in an art class Wednesday in Gurnee. First day of classes were held Wednesday for Woodland School District 50. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Woodland Intermediate School art teacher Marilyn Simons chats with third grade dual-language students Wednesday during first day of classes at the Gurnee school. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Fremont Middle School seventh grade student Nikki Cervantes tries to put toothpaste back in a tube during a first day of school demonstration by teacher Jacki Alberts about the best way students should talk to each other. Once the words are out there, Alberts said, you can't put them back. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Adam Lang's Spanish classroom is just one of many that have upgraded equipment including new desks, window treatments, carpeting and smart boards at Fremont Middle School in Mundelein. The first day of classes for this school year at Fremont District 79 was Wednesday. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Vincenzo Gapastione poses for his mom Yvette before his first day of first grade at Prairie View Grade School in Elgin Wednesday. Kids in grades 1-12 started today in District 301 with kindergartners starting next Monday. Rick West | Staff Photographer
Kaydence Phu gives her mom Stephanie a big hug while being dropped off for her first day of first grade at Prairie View Grade School in Elgin Wednesday. Kids in grades 1-12 started today in District 301 with kindergartners starting next Monday. Rick West | Staff Photographer
New principal Jill Schreiber high fives students as they head in for the first day of school at Prairie View Grade School in Elgin Wednesday. Kids in grades 1-12 started today in District 301 with kindergartners starting next Monday. Rick West | Staff Photographer
Certified school nurse Ann McCann talks to Violette Donatello, 5, Wednesday before the first day of classes at Anderson Elementary School in St. Charles. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
New Principal Nathan Jarot meets students as they arrive Wednesday for the first day of the new school year at Anderson Elementary School in St. Charles. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Pauletta Donatello, gives a giant hug to her daughter Violette, 5, Wednesday as they arrive for the first day of school at Anderson Elementary School in St. Charles. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
New principal Nathan Jarot greets Breanna Cook, left, and Jayden Salcido, both 8, Wednesday during the first day of school at Anderson Elementary School in St. Charles. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Carl Brightbill offers words of reassurance for his daughter Mae, 5, Wednesday before the first day of school at Williamsburg Elementary School in Geneva. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Third-grade teacher Natalie Schramer greets Colleen Higgins, 8, Wednesday on the first day of school at Williamsburg Elementary School in Geneva. Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Kaden Monsen, 9, hugs her friend Sari Baer, 11 of Buffalo Grove as they meet on the first day of classes at Longfellow Elementary School in Buffalo Grove on Wednesday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Violet Senne, 9, of Arlington Heights and Eden Mathai, 6, also of Arlington Heights meet up on their first day at Longfellow Elementary School in Buffalo Grove on Wednesday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Amaya Orozco, 10, and Ava Sander, 11, both of Arlington Heights, and Christina Batjuks, 10, of Buffalo Grove come together on their first day of the new school year at Longfellow Elementary School in Buffalo Grove on Wednesday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Meg Doucet of Buffalo Grove shares a moment with her son Aidan on the first day of classes at Longfellow Elementary School in Buffalo Grove on Wednesday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Gwenyth Logan, 10, of Buffalo Grove makes her way to the school building with her dad George at Longfellow Elementary School in Buffalo Grove on Wednesday. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer