"Our school year theme this year is Charting a Course for Excellence," said Hamblen County Director of Schools Dale Lynch.
"We promise our parents that when their kids come here they are good, but when they leave we want them to be great," said Lincoln Heights Middle School principal Joseph Ely.
"I'm always excited about coming back after summer break, and just the excitement of first day of school," said sixth grade math teacher Beth Weatherall.
"I'm basically looking forward to being the big dog on campus pretty much," said eighth grader Jackson Wilson.
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