On Sept. 3, the seven schools in the North Babylon School District re-opened their doors to begin a new year. Students filled the halls, meeting new teachers, getting accustomed to new buildings, and for some, shedding a few tears as they nervously began their school careers.
    
At Belmont, William E. DeLuca, Marion G. Vedder, Parliament Place and Woods Road elementary schools, students in first through fifth grade waved goodbye to their parents before immersing themselves in the lessons of the day. The kindergarten students were welcomed to the buildings at special PTA-sponsored events. For the first time this school year, the district offered a pre-kindergarten program at Parliament Place as part of collaboration with SCOPE.

At the Robert Moses Middle School and North Babylon High School, it was business as usual as students met their teachers, decorated their lockers and rotated to their various new classes.