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The first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 3, for many students. Other return later in the week.

PMG PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Incoming freshmen get ready to enter the building on Tuesday for the first day of classes at Sherwood High School.On Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Sherwood High School, excitement could be felt all around, as faculty and administrators, many dressed in matching pink T-shirts, greeted incoming freshmen starting their first day at the school.

"Oh, I love it," Sherwood math teacher Dave Kilian said. "I get excited, getting the kids back. Summer kind of winds down, and I'm ready for my kids to get back to school and I'm ready to get back to school and I just love having the students here."

For Kilian, who is starting his fifth year at Sherwood High School, the first day of the new school year was something he's been anxiously anticipating.

"Once August starts, I'm ready," he said. "Once we flip that calendar, I'm ready for September to hit. I'm ready to get back in rhythm, back in routine. I teach because I love working with the kids, so it's fun to get back with them."

For Matt Collins, the new associate principal at Sherwood High School, Tuesday marks his first-ever school day at Sherwood.

"I've known most of the staff for just about a week, but they all seem really passionate about the kids, about building relationships with them, and just doing their best to help each and every kid succeed," Collins said. "I'm excited to be here in Sherwood. We moved over from Bend, so we're excited to be in the district. My kids start school today as well (at Middleton Elementary School)."PMG PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Math teacher Dave Kilian (left) and associate principal Matt Collins get ready to greet incoming freshmen Tuesday, during the first day of classes at Sherwood High School.

Meanwhile, Matthew Verkamp and many other Bowmen freshmen were adjusting to their first day of high school.

"It's normal. It just seems like middle school, only in a bigger school, with more people," Verkamp said. "Yeah, I'm excited for today, a little bit. I just want to see how high school works, getting a new experience."

And, while he's maybe a little apprehensive, Verkamp added that he's positive about high school.

"I'm looking forward to all the different classes you can take," he said. "I'm going to do basketball and track. I'm looking forward to that, too. It's been fun so far."

Tuesday's first day of school was actually the final first day of school, at least at the high school level, for the current Sherwood High School, as the new Sherwood High School is scheduled to open in fall 2020.

"I think that makes this a little extra special," Kilian said. "There's an excitement. I met with some of my club last night, and we talked about that, about what legacy you're going to leave, and how are you going to prepare this school for the middle schoolers next year."

"The excitement is awesome," Collins said. "I like getting to meet everybody and see all the students. And, as much as students deny it, they love coming back. They love catching up with their friends and seeing their teachers. Some even say they love getting back in the books."

Tuesday is the first day of school for Sherwood's elementary school students, including some kindergarteners; sixth-graders and high school freshman.

Students in the seventh, eighth, 10th, 11th and 12th grades, as well as a second group of kindergarteners, return Wednesday, Sept. 4.

The third group of kindergarteners starts school Thursday, Sept. 5.

Pre-K students in Sherwood don't start school until next Monday, Sept. 9.PMG PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Language arts teacher Rahim Tufts (left) and incoming freshman Matthew Verkamp get ready for the first day of school at Sherwood High School.

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