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The Heilmann family – mom Jennifer, second-grader Gillian, dad Jim and kindergartner Gretchen – walk to the kids’ respective classrooms on their first day of school Monday. Students in the Marana Unified School District began school on Aug. 8, while Amphitheater School District classes began today.
On her first day of kindergarten at Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary School, Mikalie Crandall carries her backpack over to a hook to hang it up Monday morning.
Isai Rios says goodbye to his son, Nicholas Moreno, and gives his shoulders a fatherly squeeze as Nicholas starts his first day of kindergarten at Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary School Monday morning.
Brooklynn McCaslin is all smiles on her first day of school in Mrs. Holly Lopiccolo's fifth-grade class at Coyote Trail Elementary School on Monday. Brooklynn loves fifth-grade so far because it's "really fun," her teacher "is really nice," and she and her classmates are already working on fun projects, such as creating a drawing of the United States using salt dough. Brooklynn has attended Coyote Trail since kindergarten. She is the daughter of Shayne and Jim McCaslin of Marana.
First-grader Rudy Mendoza takes his hot lunch to his table on the first day of school Aug. 10 at Harelson Elementary School.
Harelson Elementary School special education teacher and principal assistant Shauna Thomas talks with Ellen Schladweiler as Camryn Macneil, right, and Carson Carrillo eat their lunch.
Harelson Elementary School kindergartner Kyle Tunison enjoys his lunch during the first day of school Aug. 10.
Special education teacher/principal assistant Shauna Thomas takes kindergartner Van Anderson to get his milk on the first day of school at Harelson Elementary School Wednesday.
Harelson Elementary School Principal Andy Heinemann makes his rounds in the lunch room, making sure things run smoothly and kids are able to open their milk cartons on the first day of school, Aug. 10.
Kindergartner Diego Checchi makes his way to a table after getting his lunch on the first day of school at Harelson Elementary School Wednesday.
Juyeop Lee climbs on the kindergarten playground equipment during the students' lunch break on the first day of school at Harelson Elementary.