Students in several East Tennessee counties return to class

Students in several East Tennessee counties return to class

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"Our school year theme this year is Charting a Course for Excellence," said Hamblen County Director of Schools Dale Lynch. "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. "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 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. "I'm basically looking forward to being the big dog on campus pretty much," said eighth grader Jackson Wilson.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - Students in several East Tennessee counties went back to school Wednesday. Schools reopened in Anderson, Claiborne, and Cumberland and Hamblen counties.

"Our school year theme this year is Charting a Course for Excellence," said Hamblen County Director of Schools Dale Lynch. "We are very excited for the first day of school. A lot of nervous energy for students coming back. We are just excited to welcome our students and families."    

Teachers at Lincoln Heights Middle School in Morristown say the transition from elementary school to middle school can be difficult.

"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. "They're nervous, so I want them to feel comfortable and feel at ease."

"I'm basically looking forward to being the big dog on campus pretty much," said eighth grader Jackson Wilson. "I'm just looking forward to overseeing everything."

Though Wilson is one of the "big dogs" at Lincoln Heights, he admits to having some worries.

"I'm definitely worried about algebra because I heard from the other eighth graders that algebra is pretty tough," said Wilson.

Still, everyone said they feel it will be a great school year.

"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. "That's what we are going to promise our parents and that's what we are going to do this year."

A new program being started in Hamblen County this year is a universal breakfast. Every student in the county will have the opportunity to eat breakfast at their school.

About 65 percent of the students in the county qualify for free or reduced rates. At one school, 99 percent of the students qualify.

The new program paid for in part through U.S. Department of Agriculture funds. The school system picks up the remainder of the cost.

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