Twenty new first-graders at Pine Hill Elementary School in Cottage Grove open their first day of school in Scott Alton's class by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner)1 / 5
Hillside Elementary School student Darren Lirn (at right) meets his kindergarten teacher Alison Gauster. The school year started Tuesday, Sept. 3. (Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner)2 / 5
Hillside Elementary kindergartener Kara Lien, (shown above) shies away from her teacher, Janet Groskopf, at the school’s recent open house in Cottage Grove. A short time later, however, Lien was smiling and becoming familiar with her classroom. (Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner)3 / 5
Pine Hill Elementary School teacher Nicole Iverson welcomes Brayden Peterson to his first day as a second-grader. South Washington County Schools opened Tuesday. (Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner)4 / 5
South Washington County Schools opened Tuesday morning with teachers greeting their new students. Scott Alton had his first-graders at Pine Hill Elementary School line up before entering class. (Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner)5 / 5
Students in south Washington County and across Minnesota filed back into their classrooms Tuesday for the start of the 2013-14 school year.
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.