A First Day For New Students And New Principal At Wolcott Elementary School

Wolcott Elementary School's 21 new students raised their hands Wednesday morning to show their classmates that they were among the new faces in their classrooms this year.

But they weren't the only ones who may have experienced some first-day nervous jitters.

Scott Dunn, Wolcott Elementary School's new principal, started his first day with his roughly 400 students on Wednesday morning.

"So if you're thinking, 'I'm a little nervous today' so too is your principal because I'm new and I'm meeting all of you for the first time," Dunn said to students, parents and teachers gathered outside the school.

Wolcott's students, as part of a first-day-of school tradition, stood in the backyard around a white gazebo and said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang "My Country, 'Tis Of Thee."

"School is really about a community because we have our family at home but we also have our family at school," Dunn said. "And when you look around to the people that are going to be in your class and the adults who are going to support you, we are, at Wolcott, a family and we are dedicated to you and your families and providing you not only a respectful and fun learning environment, but a safe one as well."

Julia Dube, a 5-year-old kindergarten student at Wolcott, stood next to her older brother Benjamin, a 7-year-old second grader, and cousins Melinda Ford, 8, and Mattingly Ford, 10, for a first-day-of school photo at the Wolcott Elementary School sign.

Though it was a hectic morning with a sense of nervous excitement, Richard and Jessica Dube said their children were excited for the first day.

In his first year at Wolcott, Dunn, 46, said in an interview that he looks to "engage the school community in a unified, focused vision where we embrace all children and each other."

Dunn previously worked as the principal at A. Ward Spaulding Elementary School in Suffield from 2013 to June. He also worked as an assistant principal in Simsbury at Squadron Line Elementary School and Simsbury High School.

In a welcome letter to Wolcott families last month, he talked about "really working together to support all children to succeed academically, socially, emotionally and never leave any child behind and making sure that parents are truly equal partners in the process of educating our kids."

Schools Superintendent Tom Moore said it was a "smooth" transition back for the roughly 10,000 students in the district Wednesday morning.

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