The first day of school in Eastern Kentucky was today in Breathitt County.
This school year at Rousseau Elementary is off to a great start with nearly 100 energetic, focused students.
"They're looking really good. They are very excited to be back, and it seems like they're eager to work hard. They're excited about new subjects and new things to learn," said Stephanie Thomas, a 4th and 5th grade teacher at Rousseau Elementary.
One of the 2nd graders is looking forward to harder books.
"Reading. Higher books. Harry Potter books. Pink dots," said Bryan Howard, a 2nd grader at Rousseau Elementary.
The school is implementing new standards set by the state.
Assessments will gauge how well the students are progressing.
"I want to see Rousseau Elementary be the number one school in Breathitt County and the region. And I want to see us way up on the state level. I want us to be number one in all areas," said Darrell Watts, the principal at Rousseau Elementary.
The teachers say they have one goal, and that is for their students to improve throughout the school year.
Principal Watts says a new accountability system with the teachers should give them a high program review.
"We have high expectations for everyone, for all students, and all employees. And our goal is improvement each year," said Principal Watts.
Teachers began the school day by testing students to determine their current learning levels.
Kindergarten through 7th grade attended a full day, and preschool will start next week.