It was back to school and back to the books for Newton City Schools Friday.
School Superintendent Dr. Mina Bryan said she hopes to increase the district's overall performance and procedures this year.
Bryan said the focus will be on preparing the whole child and meeting all academic standards.
"We want them to be able to move from one year to the next and be lifelong learners," said Dr. Bryan.
Bryan said this year's school opening was the smoothest one the district has had in the past seven years.