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Classmates Brandon Janson, 12, Alyssa Johnson, 11, and Liam Hollowski, 11, joke about the ease of 'mastering the Master lock.' The sixth grade students learned to use a combination lock for the first time at Marco Island Charter Middle School Wednesday.

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Classmates Brandon Janson, 12, Alyssa Johnson, 11, and Liam Hollowski, 11, joke about the ease of "mastering the Master lock." The sixth grade students learned to use a combination lock for the first time at Marco Island Charter Middle School Wednesday.

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  • Classmates Brandon Janson, 12, Alyssa Johnson, 11, and Liam Hollowski, 11, joke about the ease of 'mastering the Master lock.' The sixth grade students learned to use a combination lock for the first time at Marco Island Charter Middle School Wednesday.
  • Theo Baran, 9, won't forget which bus he needs to get on after school. Eymy Grisko, a librarian assistant at Tommie Barfield Elementary School, writes the bus number on  every child's hand in permanent marker so they don't get lost after the first day of school Wednesday.
  • A member of the 'texting generation,' Haley Vince, 7, walks with her mom, Beverly Vince and sister Chloe Vince, 5, into Tommie Barfield Elementary for the first day back to school. It was Chloe's first day ever Wednesday and her mom said the 'shy one' was just a bit reluctant to start kindergarten.
  • See you later mom: Kayla Mackenzie plants one on mom Jamie before settling in for her first day as a kindergarten student at Tommie Barfield Elementary School on Marco Island. The new school term got underway one day late because of Fay's visit to the area on Tuesday.
  • Diana Rojas shows a little apprehension about attending her first day of school by staying close to mom, Luz Stella Moreno.
  • Armando Anaya isn't too enamored with this separation stuff on the first day of school, but like some other apprehensive kindergarten students, he was full of beans when class got underway.
  • New Marco Island Charter Middle School science teacher Mary Jo O'Regan opens the new year by telling her students about the school's disciplinary standards.
  • Kindergarten student Sam Nemeth has something to say to dad Mark just before the start of class on his first day of school.
  • Marc Rutledge assures his mom Vera that everything's fine about his first day. He was a Pre-K student at Manatee Pre-K school last year.
  • Tommie Barfield Principal Jory Westberry talks with student Zuli Toro on the opening day of school.
  • Greg Carlisle goes through some last-minute business with his son Reeves at the Marco Island Charter Middle School.
  • Listening to their science teacher's opening announcements on Day 1 are Brennen Pinter, Sarah Reisinger, Mayra Ortega, Joann Nguyen, Santiago Ospina and Jesus Palacios.
  • New science teacher at the Marco Island Charter Middle School, Mary Jo O'Regan, acquaints herself with her students on the first day of school.
  • Six-grade student Claudia Caceres gets to grips with her locker combination lock at the Marco island Charter Middle School.
  • Marco Island Charter Middle School as it is today, compared with trailers that housed the school for the past nine years.
  • Kayla Kalmanek sits patiently awaiting the start of school outside her Kindergarten class at Tommie Barfield Elementary School.

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