Students at Noah Wallace Elementary School were all smiles Monday morning as they kicked off the 2017-18 school year.
Gathered on the newly repainted blacktop of the school playground, students greeted their new teachers and classmates — and new principal, Carrie Huber — in an opening ceremony.
"We are so happy to have you at Noah Wallace," said fourth-grade student Nithin Solomon during a speech at the ceremony. "We will do our best to make you proud of us and to show you around."
Huber, who lives in Wolcott, said she was excited to join the community and usher in the 114th school year at Noah Wallace.
"It's an amazing experience," Huber said. "The staff and families of the Farmington school district have been extremely welcoming."
"I can't wait to be able to meet the newest learners at Noah Wallace, and those who have been here for many years now," she added.
Students of all ages — even the new kindergarteners — received nametags from their teachers and lined up single file. After reciting Noah Wallace's "I Care" pledge, they marched off to start the day, giving high-fives and hugs to familiar teachers and waving goodbye to parents.
Huber, who was previously principal of Redding Elementary School, was selected at the end of a national search to replace Kelly Sanders, who served as principal of Noah Wallace for four years.
On April 4, the Farmington school board appointed Sanders as principal of West District School, effective July 1, according to meeting minutes.
Superintendent Kathleen Greider, who announced Huber's appointment in a news release earlier this summer, wrote that Huber has experience planning and facilitating professional development workshops, faculty meetings, instructional leadership team meetings and parent presentations.
Huber won the 2016 Connecticut PTA Dawn Hochsprung Elementary School Principal of the Year Award, and worked as assistant principal of Redding Elementary for four years before being promoted.