First Day for Students at Austin's I.J. Holton

Posted at: 09/03/2013 6:57 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It's always an exciting time.

But this year, the first day of school in Austin brought even more excitement than usual.

"It's like a well-oiled machine on the first day," said Superintendent of Austin Public Schools David Krenz.

When more than 700 fifth and sixth graders showed up for the first day of class at the new I-J Holton Intermediate school in Austin, it went almost without a hitch.

"They have locker combinations that they're not sure how to get in,” Holton school principal Jean McDermott told us. “But they all got here, they knew if they should be on first or second floor, they knew who their homeroom teacher was and they knew where to find some help if they needed it. I would say we had a successful morning.”

The first two days of the school year will be "get acquainted" time.

"They'll be meeting with their home room teacher for the first two hours of the day, and they'll help them get acclimated to their schedule, to the new building, to their lockers and just the routine of the school," principal Jean McDermott explained.

“Thursday they'll get into the full-fledged this is how it really is and know what things are like," McDermott added.

Ground was broken for the new school almost a year and a half ago, and work was still being done over this Labor Day weekend.

“There was a lot of staff and our own technology and custodial crew doing some final cleaning and getting the final technology up and running," Jean McDermott explained. “We have a couple of touch-up paint things still to do, some electrical to get going, however they're in minor areas that aren't impacting the day."

And now that it’s gone from being a “plan” to being a “school”:

“It has a very natural feel to it. There’s a lot of light,” principal Jean McDermott said.

"What I'm excited to see is the learning that takes place, and the engagement of the students,” added superintendent David Krenz.

As-of late last week, 739 fifth- and sixth-graders were registered to attend the Holton intermediate school.