School officially got underway Thursday for Meridian Public Schools. Students went back to the classroom for the 2009-2010 school year.
At Oakland Heights Elementary, parents were not only bringing children but also accompanied them to their rooms and found out about any additional supplies that will be needed.
"My goal for the year is to make sure my students understand that knowledge is power, And they can do anything that they put their minds to but it takes determination," said 4th grade teacher, Carla Desmond. "So, coming in, being organized, having all of their supplies and just having a great year."
Desmond says being prepared is a key to success, because it reduces stress.
Newscenter 11 also visited Harris Elementary. Principal Wanda Kendrick said students seemed excited to be back after a longer summer than usual.
Kendrick said, among her goals, is strengthening relationships between students, teachers and parents.
"We're working on building the capacity of our teachers still, to continue to excel in their academic areas so that they can teach the kids," said Kendrick. "And we are just expecting some great things in increasing our test scores this year."
This year's school calendar is different from previous years. Since school started later, it will also end later. The last day will be June 17, 2010.