Story by Julien Gourgue
Summer can be a relaxing break away from school, but when you have to go back, it can be exciting or scary -- especially for new students.
“I was kind of nervous about the first day of school because my locker and my binder were unorganized, so I didn’t know what to do and my classes were very far apart," Jackson Bui, sixth grade, said.
Lena Orahood, sixth grade, said that she was anxious about the first day of school because of all the classes, the people, and the teachers.
After a month, Orahood is getting used to school. “I think I’ve kind of mapped out the school in my head as much as I need to right now so that definitely helps on getting to class on time,” she said.
“At first I was scared and stuff, like about my locker, but then I figured out everything and it went really well," Nava Navarete, sixth grade, said. Isabelle Simmons, sixth grade, said she's adjusting, but it's starting to become more fun.
"I made some new friends," she also said.
Some sixth graders are already in sports which is a good way to start off the school year and to be involved in something.
Bui, Luke Ross, Amory Spence, and Orahood all joined the Cross Country team this year. “I’m feeling really comfortable about the sport so far, especially since the coaches are very nice, and I’ve made some new friends," Spence said.
Romic Cansino, seventh grade, returned to Clay Middle School and said, “I feel that I stay organized in school by remembering my classes and having a daily routine. This has helped me stay even more focused in class.”
Isiaah Gourgue, eighth grade, isn’t a rookie either. This will be his second year at Clay. “I feel better this year about the school than what I felt last year because I have adjusted even more," he said.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.