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Graves Co. School District's 7 elementary schools celebrate first day

(Photos taken by Paul Schaumburg/Graves Co. Schools) (Photos taken by Paul Schaumburg/Graves Co. Schools)

Seven elementary schools in the Graves County School District celebrated the first day of the 2015-16 school year in a variety of ways.

Graves County Central Elementary School third grader Kailee Winfrey, left, and her younger sister, Abby Grace, couldn’t resist posing for a picture for their dad, Barry Winfrey, as they started the 2015-16 school year with the school’s knight mascots.

Lowes principal Rachael Adams greeted first grader Chloe Reynolds as she visited teacher Shelia Ledgerwood’s classroom, meeting some of her students for the first time. Adams came to Graves County after living in a county just north of Louisville, where she was principal of Trimble County High School.

Fancy Farm fifth grader Karissa Tyler, speaking at far right, had everyone’s attention as she shared one of her favorite “likes,” with her new teacher, Whitney Hayden, and classmates. The group started their day getting to know one another better.

Wingo principal Scott Bradley listened after calling on a student in a cafeteria discussion. After teaching and working as an assistant principal at the high school level for a number of years, Bradley said he’s excited to interact with elementary students who often are forthright in expressing themselves.

Sedalia sixth graders, from left, Sarah Wessel, Frantasia Starks, and Kennedy Lamb chose the career directions they’re considering with principal Robert Braden. He explained that the “Wall of Direction” was created late last school year and is part of Sedalia’s emphasis on college and career goals. Besides careers, the wall also lists several colleges.

Farmington second grader Bella Culver was all smiles on her first day in teacher Missy Jones' class. Jaime Prince (right), the school’s speech/language pathologist, was handling the camera. She said, “I have taken first day of school pictures of every student at Farmington every year since 2007!”

Symsonia sixth graders, from left, Josie Powell, Emma Hancock, and Elizabeth Irions took a moment after lunch to window shop in the cafeteria for future “purchases” of items they hope to make with Rough Rider points they accumulate this school year.

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