St. John Bosco Catholic School welcomed its students back for a new school year Wednesday morning.

Elementary and middle school students arrived at the school 30 minutes before the first bell rang, which was at 7:45 a.m., to start the school year on the right track.

Principal Dr. Marie Axman greeted families near the school’s entrance and wished them a wonderful school year.

Axman, who is entering her second year as principal, said she was looking forward to the school’s new installments such as Connect to the Future, a schoolwide technology initiative that puts 144 iPads in the hands of students and teachers across pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

“It started last year and it’s a continuation of the implementation of technology in the school,” she said.

Many parents who arrived early took the chance to chat with their child’s teacher and took photos of the first day of school.

Jody Harris, whose son is in kindergarten, decided on John Bosco Catholic School (SJBCS) because she wanted a smaller classroom setting for her son.

“We just fell in love with SJBCS, so it was an easy decision for us,” she said.

Harris’ son was able to acclimate himself with SJBCS in the weeks leading up to the school year by attending K-Kamp, a summer camp for incoming kindergartners.

“We’re excited that this transition is going to be really smooth and easy,” she said.

Once the school day began, parents were invited to a Mass at St. Benedict Catholic Church for additional information about the school year.

It was the first year that SJBCS decided to host a parent Mass, hosted by Pastor Bob Binta, and Axman said it was a way for parents to get excited about being part of the school’s community.

“We teach and work together with the parents … they’re the first educators and have the most important influence on their children,” Axman said. “They’re an extension of the programs we have here.”

For additional information about SJBCS, visit www.sjbosco.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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