MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- As the doors opened bright and early Monday morning, it wasn't just the students who were excited about starting off the new year.
WREG visited Ridgeway Middle School to get an idea of what the school year will hold.
"I'm excited about my students coming in," said 7th grade teacher Norie Cotton. "I couldn't sleep last night because I was so excited about students getting here this morning and the new learning experience that there going to have."
But Ms. Cotton wasn't afraid to admit there were even some last minute jitters- something she understands her students face too.
"Emotions that six graders perhaps have on the first day school, I would think - happy, anxious, scared, excited, anxious, I'm mean all the above."
Ridgeway Principal Corey Williams said he also looks forward to the beginning of a new school year.
"Get a chance to see especially in middle school how our students matured over the summer time."
Now that students are back in class, he said it's their turn to help them mature further.
"We provide them with a lot of opportunities to do different things through out the building other than just be students. They get a chance to take exploratory courses, which consist of choir, band, art. They get a chance to participate in sports."
To help them in their studies, Williams said they were able to obtain some much needed school supplies like pencils, folders, notebooks and binders from the good people at the United Way.