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Hastings Students Call First Day Fun, Confusing

This story has been corrected. The name of the school is Farragut Middle School.

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Students in Hastings, Dobbs Ferry and Ardsley started the new school year Tuesday. After a long summer, students said the first day back in the classroom was fun, boring, confusing and awesome. With that many emotions packed into the first day, the rest of the school year is bound to be interesting.

Here’s what students had to say:

Ben Zion began his first day of fifth grade at Farragut Middle School in Hastings. Overall, it was “pretty good,” he said. “I have friends in my class, and my teacher is super nice,” Ben said as he walked home with his father.

William Bar, another fifth-grader in the same class as Ben, said the first day was fun, but he had a difficult time navigating in a new building. William also said his new teacher, Ms. Schnall, is nice.

“It was good, but it was a jumble trying to organize everything,” said Max Sasloff, William's friend and classmate.

Jordan Faragallah, another fifth-grader, agreed. Organizing was the most difficult part of the day, Jordan said, but a fun gym class made up for the confusion of the rest of the day.

His twin sister, Layla, said her first day was “really fun” and said her new teacher, Ms. Cavanaugh, seems nice. She said she enjoyed an assignment in which students were instructed to make up a short story.

“My favorite part was recess,” she said. “I talked with my friends, and we laughed a lot.”

Others weren’t as happy.

“It was OK, I guess,” said John Cancatore, a seventh-grader at the middle school. “I didn’t really like anything.” John said he spent his recess sitting on a bench until his friends intervened.

“We went over and got him at recess and then we talked with our friends,” said Alexa Brink, his classmate.

Alexa said the worst part of the day was all of the lectures. “There was like nine lectures, and they all told us the same stuff,” she said.

Others were hesitant at first but quickly found their place on the first day.

“At first it was really overwhelming,” said Joseph Roberto, a sixth-grader at Farragut Middle School. “Then I found my friends, and everything was great.”

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