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Back to school in Summit County

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SUMMIT COUNTY – Eight-year-old Bridgette Hough isn’t showing any signs of the jitters as she gets ready to begin her school year as a third-grader at Frisco Elementary School on Monday.

On Thursday afternoon, the young Frisco resident visited her new classroom, found her new desk, reunited with old friends and chatted with third-grade teacher Jennifer Wishchmeyer, during Summit School District’s “First Hello.”

“I’m really excited about taking home the guinea pigs,” Bridgette said, referring to the two little rodents housed in the back of the classroom. “I’m excited about science too. I like to do lots of experiments. Back when I was in kindergarten, I remember looking forward to third grade. We were doing little-kid stuff, and I wanted to do more advanced things.”

Each of the district’s six elementary schools participated in the open house events, giving children a chance to get accustomed to the environs in which they’ll spend the next nine months. After Frisco students and parents checked in with their new teachers, they happily slurped on popsicles outside and played impromptu ballgames with their parents in the school’s grassy field, enjoying one of the final days of summer.

“It helps the kids transition on that first day,” Frisco teacher Heidi Sodetz said of the open house. “And it relieves the anxiety for a lot of us, too. I love this time of year – it’s so exciting.”

One of Sodetz’s new students, third-grader Dylan Huston, was already looking forward to the time-honored tradition of donning the latest back-to-school fashions. He plans to wear his new DC shirt, along with a snappy black fedora and teal-rimmed sunglasses.

Down the hall, first-grader Abbygale Banks settled into Marguerite Ritchey’s classroom, eager to begin reading books and learning new words.

“My head is exploding with ideas!” Abbygale exclaimed.

Abbygale was feeling plenty confident about returning to school, having just hit her summer goal of reading 100 books. The list of titles, affixed to a wall in her home, stretched from floor to ceiling, she said.

Abbygale’s classmate Sarah Pappas was thinking ahead to the social challenges of a new school year, anxious to help her kindergarten pals and other new students acclimate to Frisco Elementary.

“I’m going to help them look around,” Sarah said.

SDN reporter Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-4630 or

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