Memorable moments in going back to school

Education

1 Half of the seventh-grade class at St. Joseph's School in Moorhead, Minn., raises their hands to indicate task completion during the first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. The private Catholic school added a number of Microsoft Surface tablets for classroom use only this year. In addition, all middle school students will be checking out compact laptops for use throughout the school year later in the week. (Ann Arbor Miller for MPR) 
2 Seventh-grader Eric Estrada tours a Microsoft Surface tablet during the first day of classes at St. Joseph's School in Moorhead, Minn. The school has made strides in recent years to expand technology offerings to its middle school students, according to Andrew Hilliker, assistant principal and social studies teacher. "The kids are adapting really well," said Hilliker. 
3 A portion of the first day of school is outline on a white board in a classroom at St. Joseph's School in Moorhead, Minn. Classes at St. Joseph's started Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. St. Joseph's School is a private Catholic school that serves more than 200 students in grades pre-kindergarten to eight. 
4 A group of seventh-grade friends compare schedules before entering Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Elementary and Junior High School for the first day of classes in Morristown, Minn. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. 
5 WEM Elementary and Junior High School principal Bernardine Sauter and other staff and community members welcome students to the first day of school in Morristown, Minn. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. 
6 Applause and cheers greet the WEM elementary and junior high students as another school year begins. 
7 Waterville-Elysian-Morristown senior Natalea Trump is all smiles while she waits for the bus at WEM Elementary and Junior High in Morristown, Minn. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. 
8 Staff and community members at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Elementary and Junior High School have been greeting students on the first day with a school-colored green carpet and applause for 10 years. 
9 Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Elementary and Junior High School staff and community members welcome students to the first day of school in Morristown, Minn. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. 
10 Centennial Elementary School students arrive for their first day of class Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 in Richfield, Minn. State Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and the school's principal, Lee Ann Wise, not pictured, greeted them as they got off the bus. 
11 Literacy coach Cathy Schnackenberg, center, helps students find their classrooms on the first day of school Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 at Centennial Elementary School in Richfield, Minn. 
12 Students wait near the door at Centennial Elementary School before finding their classrooms Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, the first day of school, in Richfield, Minn. 
13 Horizon Middle School principal Lori Lockhart welcomes sixth-grader Najib Mohamed to school on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. It is a tradition at Horizon for teachers and staff to greet students outside the building and also hand each one a pencil. 
14 Sixth-grade teachers Christy Leier, left, and Lynn Johnson, right, distribute pencils and greet students outside Horizon Middle School in Moorhead, Minn., on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. Tuesday marked the first day of school at many Minnesota schools, including for Moorhead Area Public Schools. 
15 Horizon Middle School teachers and staff, including principal Lori Lockhart, right, stand at the ready to welcome students to the first day of school in Moorhead, Minn., on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. 
16 Connie Enders, right, speaks to students during freshman orientation at Kasson-Mantorville Senior High School Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. 
17 Ashlyn Liebenow laughs as she is greeted by a familiar face during their orientation at Kasson-Mantorville Senior High School Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. Students had a chance to meet new classmates before their first day of classes begin tomorrow. 
18 Holly Hackenmiller, a junior, gets the party started as staff and upperclassmen welcomed the incoming freshman class at Kasson-Mantorville Senior High School Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. 
19 Students greet each other during freshman orientation at Kasson-Mantorville Senior High School Tuesday. 
20 Staff and upperclassmen cheer as they welcome members of the freshman class to Kasson-Mantorville Senior High School Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. Upperclassmen and staff welcomed the freshman class to the school with activities and music.