LONDONDERRY — Opening day in the community's schools was a good one.

That's the word from school principals who gave school board members an update on how the first day went.

The Londonderry School District opened its doors for the new year Aug. 27 with principals and staff welcoming back students into freshly painted classrooms and a new year of studies and learning.

For the school's administrators, all was ready to go.

Moose Hill School's new kindergarten coordinator Sandra Mack said her school opened its doors with 261 kindergarten students in morning and afternoon sessions.

She said things went smoothly with buses arriving on time.

Londonderry's Early Education Program, also housed at Moose Hill, saw 125 students coming on day one, but those numbers many continue to change as the year gets started, Mack said.

"And I did not see any tears," Mack said. "Children were excited and ready to go.

North Elementary School welcomed back 485 students, principal Paul Dutton said. And over at South School, 455 students started on the first day.

Matthew Thornton Elementary School welcomed 513 students and officials also reported smooth sailing with children excited, finding their classrooms successfully and buses running on time.

"There were a lot of smiles," said Matthew Thornton Principal Amity Small, adding the school's colorful mural on the front doors is very popular for photo opportunities. 

"It's the most photographed door," she said.

South School Principal Linda Butler agreed opening day went well.

"And we were so pleased to see our veteran bus drivers," Butler said. "They've been on those buses for years and it helps the kids feel comfortable."

Londonderry Middle School welcomed its new principal, William Van Bennekum, who said opening day was positive with students excited to be back in the classroom.

"The student body was exemplary today," Van Bennekum said. "The energy was contagious throughout the building."

At Londonderry High School, Principal Jason Parent said 1,473 Lancers came on opening day, with 350 students making up the senior Class of 2020. The freshman class of 386 students also included 50 from Hooksett.

"They are Lancers now, and I'm excited for all of them," Parent said.

Parent said this year's Mack Plaque traditional sporting events against Pinkerton Academy will be played at Pinkerton Sept. 27 and 28. That event will culminate with the Londonderry Hall of Fame celebration.

District Business Administrator Peter Curro noted that the first day of school traditionally has its bus glitches, but all will be smoothed out as the days move forward.

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