It’s back-to-school day in Niskayuna (with photo gallery)

Students and teachers upbeat, despite the dreary weather.

Despite this morning’s dreary weather, Niskayuna students and teachers heading back to school were upbeat.

“Good morning and happy first day of school!” said Rosendale Elementary School first-grade teacher Courtney Andrews. “Did everybody have a great summer? I was so excited I could barely sleep last night.”

Students with fresh clothes and backpacks stepped into the classroom, eager to see their friends again.

One new student was 6-year-old Quinn Harrigan, who was enrolling in Niskayuna schools after attending a private school for kindergarten.

Her father, Tim Harrigan, was on hand with a camera to capture the moment. “I didn’t want to miss it,” she said.

Quinn said she had fun during the summer. “I went to the Great Escape and I went to New Jersey,” she said.

Schoolwork for these students would have to wait.

“For now, I want everybody to have a chance to play this morning,” Andrews said.

Also heading back to school today were students in Albany. Most districts begin classes Wednesday or Thursday.

For more on the first day of school, see Wednesday’s print and online editions of The Daily Gazette.

Categories: News, Schenectady County

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