Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--Its back to school time, at least for some kids in the Northland.
Students and staff at the Duluth Edison Charter schools started their new year on Tuesday.
It's the big question that's on everyone's mind, where did the summer go?
From snow days to make-up days, it feels like summer break was cut short.
"Yep, it definitely flew by, ah, we got in everything we needed to get in and I'm happy to be back!", said Danielle Perich, Principal of DECS Raleigh.
Students and staff at the Duluth Edison Charter Schools kicked off the school year on a positive note, with 1,300 students, the highest enrollment the schools have seen.
"The terrific support that we get from our parents and the word of mouth they spread in the community and we get that reputation, because of the hard work and energy that our teachers bring to our student body and our students", said Bonne Jorgenson, Head of School at DECS North Star.
Through this first week, kids will participate in character–building exercises to get acquainted, plus they'll sit in on an anti–bullying program that focuses on how students should act in bullying situations.
"The program's really to empower the kids so they can stand up for themselves and give them the tools they need to stand up against bullies when they are approached in different situations", Perich said.
While school may have started Tuesday for the kids, teachers began preparing for the new year last week. But as teacher Bonnie Jorgenson says, it just isn't the same without the kids.
"Students always energize the building. They're really what school is all about, so it's great to have them here with us" said Jorgenson.
"The kids are super excited, the parents are excited. It's back into a routine, kids need routine, the staff needs routine and us adults need routine and this is why we do what we do, it's for the kids", said Perich.
So ready or not, school is officially in session!
Duluth and Superior public schools start their first day of classes on September 2nd.