Students, family and parents line up at Willow Elementary in Grantsville. Students attending first through 12th grade in the Tooele County School District began the 2018-19 school year on Tuesday morning. Kindergarten students will begin class next week.
Avery Nielson searches for her name among the stars lining the entrance to the Willow Elementary in Grantsville.
Hadleigh Strickland gets a warm welcome from Melinda Firth.
Tre DiPadova gets some last minute grooming from mom Aubrey DiPadova.
Oaklee Hunt walks her daughter Jonnie Water for the first day of school. Hunt brings a number of supplies for the third-grade classroom.
Nikko Drake clings to his father Kevin Drake’s leg on his first day of second grade at a new school.
Summer vacation ended today for students in the Tooele County School District.
Teachers, both in-person and online, are expected to great an additional 1,000 students this year, as early enrollment projections exceeded 17,300 students, according to school district officials.
Neighborhood roads this morning were once again filled with car loads of students on the way to school, students waiting for school busses, and students walking to school.
Early morning and afternoon drivers will need to exercise caution, observe school zone speed limits, and remember to follow safety laws when encountering school busses.
Along with Tooele County School District schools, August is also back-to-school month for Tooele County’s three charter schools; Excelsior, Bonneville, and Scholar academies and St. Marguerite Catholic School.
Francie Aufdemorte is photo editor for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin. A Tooele County native, she graduated from Tooele High School in 1989, and with a degree in English from the University of Utah in 2001. She next studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy in 2005, from which she earned a certificate of completion. Her ties to community journalism begin in 2005 when she worked for the Magna Times for two years, handling everything from classified advertising to editing and proofing news stories. While there she also created and maintained a new website for the newspaper. In 2007, she opened a Salt Lake-based studio called Book Cliff Photography. As principle photographer, she worked both editorial and commercial assignments, including portraiture and weddings. As photo editor, Aufdemorte photographs news, features, sports and advertising for the Transcript-Bulletin and supplemental publications, while also managing and assigning the newspaper’s freelance photographers.
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