COLUMBIA — Thursday was the first day of school for Columbia Public Schools. Missourian reporters fanned out to several elementary schools to ask children what they were excited and nervous about in the upcoming school year.
Shepard Boulevard Elementary
"I'm excited to see my old friends and nervous about meeting new kids and seeing if they like me or not. And my teacher Mrs. Hassamer is pretty cool." — Chase Dyer, fourth grade
"I'm excited I get to learn about math. I'm not really nervous about anything." — Kira Tatum, second grade
"I like the gym bus. I'm nervous about monsters." — Raymond Tatum, preschool
"I'm excited about everything. I like to read books and play on the playground. And I'm excited to see all my friends. I'm nervous about nothing. I love Shepard Boulevard Elementary School." — Jude Donoho-Lowry, second grade
"I'm excited about painting, going to the music room and being in the same class as my friend Alton. I'm not nervous about anything — just excited." — Addison Grace Kimbrough, kindergarten
"I'm excited about seeing all my friends. I'm a little nervous about going to adventure club." — Megan Baker, first grade
"I'm excited about taking a field trip to the capital in Jefferson City and kind of excited about the new math. I'm nervous about doing new things and meeting new friends." — Josh Luetjen, fourth grade
"It's a new school for me and I'm excited about meeting new friends, getting a new teacher and learning new stuff from classes. I have only one friend going in, so I'm nervous about making new friends because everything is new." — Cameron Perkins, fourth grade
"I'm excited to meet my new teacher and classmates. I'm nervous about MAP tests." — Lily Merrick, fourth grade
"I'm excited about recess. I'm nervous about going to a new school and my first day." — Tasjana Key, first grade
"I get to see new things." — Vicky Mendoza, kindergarten
"I am excited to meet my new teachers." — Mariana Mendoza, fourth grade
"Being able to be old enough for choir." — Jessica Touchatt, fourth grade
"I'm excited to meet new friends." — Lakiya Taylor, kindergarten
"I'm excited to meet my teacher." — Dejanae Taylor, kindergarten
"Everything!" — Zeke Feickert, kindergarten
"(I'm) excited to do science." — Max Stockman, second grade
"Playing at recess." — Aayush Paudel, kindergarden
"I'm excited about the park. I want to play soccer." — Sebastian Cortez, preschool
"I'm looking forward to seeing my friend, Isabelle." — Eittah'Jahne Marteen, second grade
Paxton Keeley Elementary
"I'm most excited about all the teachers. I've been here for a while and most of the teachers have a lot of experience. My sister was at Mill Creek and when she was in second grade," Danielle said. "Wow, they teach me two times more than Mill Creek." She is nervous about "all the new kids. There are a lot of new kids and there usually isn't any." — Danielle Poulin, third grade
"Math and writing. And meeting new people," excited Alyssa. She is nervous about, "starting a new grade." — Alyssa Merson, third grade
"Meeting new friends," is both exciting and nerve-racking to Isabella. — Isabella Ledoux, first grade
"I'm exciting about playing on the playground."— Sadie Spiller, kindergarten
"I want to play with my friend that I had in first grade. I'm interested in doing that. I'm kind of nervous about the homework every day." — Addison Spiller, second grade
"That I get the top floor — a hallway to myself. Making new friends. I could probably meet a new best friend," excites Tylar. He is nervous "that somebody might bully" him. — Tylar Byndon, fifth grade
"P.E. and recess. I'm not nervous." — Elliot Bone, first grade
"Probably names of people and the time of lunch," makes Carter nervous. — Carter Bone, fourth grade
"Going on the playground. I like when I met my teachers." Olivia is nervous about "when I go down the pole and it's too high." — Olivia Herman, kindergarten
Rock Bridge Elementary
“Reading,” excites Ethan. — Ethan Moosmann, second grade
“Everything — recess, playing on the slides.” — Jordan Moore, second grade
“Getting to see my friends.” — Allie Maltsberger, kindergarten
“Finishing my times 'cause I started in second grade and never got to." — Christina Maltsberger, third grade
“Playing with new friends.” — Jillian McCain, kindergarten
“Meeting new friends and seeing old ones. I hope my teacher’s nice.” — Ashlynn White, fifth grade
“Excited to meet new friends.” — Caitlin Evans, kindergarten
“Excited to make a name tag.” — Travis Evans, second grade
“That I have a new backpack.” Larod is nervous about "talking out loud.” — Larod Hughes, kindergarten
“I can’t wait to learn about cursive. I’m nervous about the new routine.” — Paige Farmer, third grade
When asked if he was nervous about school, Jay'veon nodded his head. — Jay'veon Miller, first grade
"I'm most excited about recess, I like to play jump rope with my friends." — Timia Wisley, fifth grade
She still had tears in her eyes walking up to the front doors. — Lillian Watson, first grade
"I'm nervous. Nervous about making new friends." — Clair Powelson, first grade
"I'm excited to learn about writing and reading, my favorite books are 'Curious George.'" — Rae Ann Allen, kindergarten
Malori Haskamp, kindergarten, is excited about going to adventure club to play. She said she's "not nervous about anything."
Lauren Stroupe, third grade, is "excited about seeing friends I haven't seen in awhile." She is nervous about "who is in my class and how they're gonna act."
Nathan Rector, first grade, is not excited about anything. He's not nervous either.
Braden Grathwohl, kindergarten, is excited "to meet new friends." He said he is "not scared at all" about his first day back at school.
KeAjon Brownlee, third grade, is excited "to see my friends again." He "didn't want to ride the bus" which he'll have to do tomorrow.
“Meeting our teacher.” — Jace Shackleford, fifth grade
“Getting to wear new clothes. I didn’t have time to get to know my teacher.” —Kiara Crossno, first grade
“Seeing my friends again.” Brayden is nervous about “division.” — Brayden Topash, fourth grade
“No, I’m not nervous except for math.” — Catherine George, second grade
“I’m excited about it. This is my first year at this school. The kids before picked on me, so I’m excited to start a new school. I’m kind of scared because it’s my first time at this school.” — Jarrett Wells, fifth grade
Mill Creek Elementary
Finley is excited about “math. I like pluses and minuses.” — Finley Binfield, first grade
“Homework” excites Filippo Penneall, second grade
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