Moffat County High School juniors Kaddie Williams and Timberly Evans didn't have the most auspicious beginning to their school year Monday.
Williams didn't know what time the school day began, so she arrived late.
On her way back from lunch at Subway, she was pulled over and given a warning for speeding, and when she did get back to school, late again, she opened her door into another car.
"It's been a crazy day," she said.
Evans was given a warning because her shirt crept up past her belly button and was asked to call her mother to bring another one.
"The rules are a lot harder this year," she said.
Williams said the atmosphere at the high school was more like the last day than the first. Teachers patrolled the grounds, pulling down inappropriate posters that mocked freshman and dealt with an early morning smoke bomb efficiently.
"It was a great first day," MCHS Principal Jane Krogman said. "Any problems we had we handled just like we always do."
More than 2,000 students boarded buses, caught rides with parents or made their own way to Moffat County's eight schools Monday with mixed feelings.
"I'm nervous. I want my old school," seventh-grader Alex Hawks said as she prepared to enter Craig Middle School for her first year there.
Students surrounding her voiced a resounding "no," when asked if they were excited about going back to school.
Most students managed to find their classrooms in unfamiliar schools. Only a few students in Brynna Vogt's seventh-grade science class reported locker trouble or problems finding their way around. About half her students said they were ready to be back in school.
"The first half hour was pretty hectic, but after that it was smooth," said Toni Brown, a first-grade teacher at East Elementary School.
Her students, crowded around a book about snakes during reading time, were excited to be back at school -- something many elementary school students had in common.
"I wanted it to start; there was nothing to do this summer," fourth-grader Jake Bingham said.
Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.