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Tears, smiles at HUSD’s Mountain View Elementary as students return to school

Students look for their classes as the Humboldt Unified School District returned to school at Coyote Springs Elementary on Monday, August 5, 2019, in Prescott Valley.  (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Students look for their classes as the Humboldt Unified School District returned to school at Coyote Springs Elementary on Monday, August 5, 2019, in Prescott Valley. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

The only indication of the approaching fall season Monday morning, Aug. 5, was the arrival of schoolchildren, including those at the 10 Humboldt Unified School District campuses.

There were some tears, some tentative smiles and a lot of anticipation on the faces of the parents — and the children, too.

The district’s first day of school dawned bright and early with temperatures hitting the low 90s, and classrooms filling with excited students and teachers.

At Mountain View Elementary School, parents held the hands of their kindergarteners as they navigated the hallway into the assigned classrooms.

In Lynette Buskirk’s classroom, Graysen Horne and Andrea Rivera Aranda were drawing with color crayons; Luanna Krohn was totally focused on a “Cat in the Hat” book.

Cally Camacho, on the other hand, brushed away the tears streaking her cheeks. Her husband, Tyler, confirmed that, yes, she was finding this first day more difficult than daughter, Natalie, who soon settled down next to tablemate, Andrea, to start coloring.

Fourth-grader Isaac Quiroz greeted his buddy, Sammy Rojo, with a big hug. Both boys were disappointed to find they had different teachers this year, but delighted to see each other, nevertheless.

Mountain View’s enrollment on the first day was around 480, said Teresa Medrano, receiving clerk. Humboldt’s total enrollment stands about 5,700, Superintendent Dan Streeter said.

MVES Principal Kim Grant reported that the first day started off well.

“Everybody’s coming in happy; the parents have big smiles.”

And as these same parents trickled back out to the parking lot, Grant was heard to say, “We will send them home at the end of the day, I promise.”

Follow Sue Tone on Twitter @ToneNotes. Reach her at stone@prescottaz.com or 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.

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