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TUSD rings in the new school year in style
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Students are cheered on by Crowell Elementary School staff as they walk the red carpet for the first day of school on Wednesday (CHRISTOPHER CORREA/The Journal).

All 15 campuses of the Turlock Unified School District welcomed students back to school on Wednesday morning for the start of the 2022-23 academic year. From elementary schools to middle schools and high schools, each campus rang in the new year with unique celebrations.

As local students woke up and made their way to their respective campuses, TUSD superintendent Dana Salles Trevethan posted a welcome back message on social media outlets.

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The Turlock Junior High School Tiger mascot greets students and welcomes them to the campus (Photo contributed).

“The big day has arrived and the first bells will ring soon throughout TUSD,” she said. “It’s going to be a great year for all. Welcome back.”

At Crowell Elementary, students and parents eagerly waited outside the gates as early as 7 a.m. At 7:30, the gates were opened, and students were able to walk the red carpet while being cheered on by school staff and administration.

The red carpet was also rolled out at Sandra T. Medeiros Elementary. At Medeiros, students were met by student-athletes from Stanislaus State, who gave high-fives and words of encouragement as the students made their way onto campus for the first time.

Down the street at Dutcher Middle School, students came in droves for 0 period, with many posing for photos in front of “Welcome Back” signs.

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Bianca Cuenca and Victoria Dealba pose excitedly as they prepare for their first day at Dutcher Middle School (CHRISTOPHER CORREA/The Journal).

Over at Osborn Elementary and Turlock Junior High School, students were welcomed by staff members and saw appearances by their mascots.

As elementary and junior high students kicked off their days, Pitman High and Turlock High students had the opportunity to get extra rest as it was their first day with revised bell schedules.

At THS, several students arrived to the student parking lot showing off their uniquely decorated cars, which is a popular Bulldog tradition.

Across town at Pitman, the Pride held several back-to-school activities, including their highly anticipated Back to School rally on Friday.

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Pitman High students sing the alma mater for the first time this school year at Friday's Back to School rally (Photo contributed).

Across all age groups from each of the campuses, the word commonly used to describe the day was “excited,” as the new school year will look to provide students with new opportunities and lifelong memories.