â€œItâ€™s was a super first day,â€™â€™ said Principal Bill Greene as the dismissal bell rang and 550 students poured out of the Tarrytownsâ€™ Washington Irving School. â€œWe had the usual confusion about lockers and schedules and buses, but we just managed to get everyone to the right place and, hopefully, weâ€™re going to get everyone home.â€™â€™
A week ago, Greene wasnâ€™t sure the school for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders would even be presentable for the first day.
A classroom remodeling project and work in the auditorium left the building full of dust and debris.
Outside Washington Irving School, sisters Clare and Elyse Johnson compared notes and disagreed over who had the tougher first day.
â€œI had the most stress because Iâ€™m in the sixth grade now and we have to switch classes more, said 10-year-old Clare.
â€œI donâ€™t know the school or the rules,â€™â€™ explained Elyse, 9, a fourth grader. â€œI thought I might get lost or might break a rule and get in trouble.â€
Their mother, Joanne Johnson, chuckled when asked how her day went, after watching her 5-year-old son start kindergarten at Tappan Hill while her â€œbig girlsâ€™â€™ headed off to Washington Irving.
â€œI cried when I left Luke, but he didnâ€™t,â€™â€™ she said. â€œHe was very excited and he had a great day.â€
— Rich Liebson