Welcome Back! August 28, 2018It was a dreary, rainy day as students headed back to class on Aug. 1, but that didn’t dampen these smiles on the first day of school! Wyatt, starting fifth grade at Cherokee Charter Academy. Adelyn and Brinley head back to school! Sarah Jade Blake and exchange student Kaya Heinicke (from Germany), both juniors at Etowah High School. Samantha (eighth grade) and Drew Burmeister (sixth grade) at Woodstock Middle School. Ryan Rowell, a senior at Etowah High School. Kate Rowell, seventh-grader at E.T. Booth Middle School. Preston, headed to his first day as a fifth-grader at Bascomb. Olivia Kirkland, starting sixth grade at Cherokee Christian Schools Bascomb fourth-grader Nick Azzarello. Matteo’s first day of second grade at Bascomb. First day of school at E.T. Booth for seventh-graders Madison and Marissa. Lorenzo T. Agosto-Garay, a third-grader at Carmel Elementary. Lincoln, 7, and Willow, 8, are in first and third grades at Woodstock Elementary. Inman and Maddie Ragsdale, pictured with the family dog Dooley, started fourth grade at Bascomb. Lauren had a little fun at R.T. Jones Memorial Library before beginning pre-K at Hillside Preschool and Academy. Etowah High School students Laurel, freshman and Holly Kate O’Brien, sophomore. Keira and Brendan Golden, 4-year-old twins, at Towne Lake Academy. Julianna Roderick, first grade at Bascomb Elementary. Preschooler Trey, Discover Point – Towne Lake. First-grader Kira, Bascomb Elementary. First day of fourth grade at Woodstock Elementary for Graham Burmeister. These E.T. Booth seventh-graders kicked off the first day with breakfast at Chick-fil-A. Emma beginning her sophomore year at Etowah High SChool. Ava Azzarello, Abby Billings and Caroline Kapcsos begin their sophomore year at Etowah High School. First-grader Cooper Ruffino, Carmel Elementary. From left, Cherokee Christian Middle School students Avery Peacock, Olivia Ward and Amelia Oliver. Cherokee Christian High School students, from left, Nolan Scoretz, Walker Wilson and Patrick Jamison. Cherokee Christian School school students were ready for their first day back to school. Teacher’s assistant Lara Hudak with kindergarten students Rylee and Reagan Thomas. Ashley, seventh grade at Cherokee Charter Academy. Bascomb Bobcats, from left: Charlie, second grade; Aaron, kindergarten, and Lizzy, fourth grade. Allisyn was excited about her first day in first grade. Woodstock Middle School students, from left: eighth-graders Meg Needham and Grace Needham, and seventh-graders Morgan Ruffino and Emma Beggs. Carmel Elementary students at the bus stop were Laney (fifth grade), Hailey (second), Macie (third), Morgan (second), Cooper (fifth), Drew (second), Nick (fifth) and Ryan (fifth). They had support from Woodstock Middle School students Karsyn (sixth) and Ben (seventh).