There's nothing quite like the first day of school feeling. 60,000 students experienced it Monday in Washoe County. 

"The first day of school is always exciting," said math instructor Marie Espin.  

Espin has been teaching at Sparks High School for 21 years. 

"I love the students," she said. "That one student who comes up to you and says, 'You made a difference. I now love math, I hated it before.' That's why I do it." 

Monday was the first day as a senior for Tevita Pooi. 

"It's a really big day," said Pooi. "It's the first day of our last time being here at Sparks High. It was very special."

He looks back on who he was three years ago: a freshman entering high school for the first time. 

"I was very nervous," said Pooi. "I didn't know where to go, who my teachers were. I didn't know anybody. I didn't know if I could trust anyone."

With the chime of the school bell at 8:00 this morning, the syllabuses were passed out, 

"Be proactive when it comes to your grade," read Espin. 

And the school year began. 

“The first day of school is such an exciting time for all of us,” said Washoe County School Board President John Mayer, who visited four schools on Monday. “It is wonderful to see our students return from their summer break ready to resume their academic careers in our schools. We have a great team of educators and staff members, and we stand ready to help our students accomplish their goals.”
“I have looked forward to this day all summer,” said Superintendent Traci Davis. “Our primary focus is on teaching and learning, and encouraging our students to achieve their dreams. We are preparing them—beginning from the time they start school as kindergartners—to earn their diplomas and move on to college or highly-skilled careers. All of us on the WCSD team gladly accept this responsibility, and we look forward to another great year of education in our District.”
Kindergarten students will begin regular classes on August 17, and Incline Village students will return to school on Monday, August 24.