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Md. Leaders Greet Students As They Head Back To School

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—One day down, nine months to go. Monday, many students in Maryland started their first day of school.

Marcus Washington has more on how the first day went for everyone.

Monday morning set the tone for the next nine months for Maryland school students and parents.

Monday kicked off the first day of the new school year and new CEO of Baltimore City Schools, Gregory Thornton, greeted students and parents at Holabird Academy.

"Our big priority is really re-engaging in curriculum at the highest level. We have Common Core coming to us here in the district and we are excited about the fact that our kids will get more opportunity, we think, to get them college and career-ready," Thornton said.

It was a full day for the little ones at Medfield Heights Elementary School, but the big question: was the first day harder for the students or the parents?

"Very anxious. I almost cried, teared up a lot just to see him go," said parent Quinton Brown.

Parents wanted to capture that first day of school so Medfield Heights set up a photo booth for parents and students to remember the first day of scohol

The first day of school brings out emotions of excitement and fear of starting school.

"It was actually nice. Math got a little bit boring but that's just because we're starting school. Reading, we got to play games and get introduced to our new teachers," said Alphonso Nollie.

To help get things off to an encouraging start, Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts visited Kipp Harmony Academy Monday Morning. Governor Martin O'Malley and Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lillian Lowery were at Holabird Academy with Thornton.

"Our kids deserve to see leaders and role models in their building that hold these positions so they can aspire to them themselves," said Natalia Walker, Kipp Harmony Academy.

Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot schools start Tuesday. The last school system to start in Maryland is Baltimore County on Wednesday.

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