MADISON (WKOW) -- New Madison Schools Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham greeted students and parents on their first day back to school.
Thousands of Wisconsin students head back to school Tuesday, including elementary school students, sixth graders and high school freshman in the Madison School District.
"I couldn't be more excited about the new school year. I was nervous all evening, barely slept, which is a pretty common feeling between teachers, students and families on the first day of school," Cheatham said, as she said hello to students at Lincoln Elementary.
Cheatham started her position as superintendent in April after working for Chicago Public Schools, and she says she was immediately impressed by the quality of the teachers and principals in the Madison district.
To build on Madison schools' foundation, Cheatham says she's taking steps to create consistency across the classrooms.
"Probably the main thing students and families should be on the look out for is our work around the new Common Core Standards. In particular, in literacy: They're going to see more exposure to complex text in the classroom, reading, responding and writing. It's really about increasing the level of rigor and challenge in the classroom," Cheatham said.
Parents were also excited to send their kids back to school.
"It was a long summer. I'm glad they're back in school, and I think they're just as excited too. They were out for most of August and they were pretty bored," Donna Simmons, mother of four, said.
"The children have been waiting for this day for a long time, saying, 'Mom, when are we going to school? Is it tomorrow? It's today? Yay!" Victoria Lunyova, who has a daughter at Midvale and a son starting at Lincoln Elementary this year, said.
MADISON (WKOW) -- Thousands of Wisconsin students head back to school Tuesday.
In the Madison Metropolitan School District, elementary school students, sixth graders and high school freshman will have their first day Tuesday. The rest will head back Wednesday.
Police agencies in Madison and other Wisconsin cities want to remind drivers to watch out for children on streets around schools and in neighborhoods, especially around bus stops. Also, be aware of crossing guards and obey their direction.