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Back to school for Springfield Public Schools

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With sharpened pencils, new notebooks and single file lines in the hallway, students are looking forward to learning during the new school year ahead.

"I don't know there is a lot of stuff I already know, but there's a lot of stuff I don't know," says fourth grader Anigelei Stanford, of Washington Street Elementary School.

She says she loves her school because of how nice the teachers are to all the students, which is something Principal Deanna Suomala takes pride in. She tells CBS3 she's been working throughout the summer on ways to improve the school, starting with their Positive Behavior Intervention Supports.

"We are trying to teach the kids with the character traits of the month what it means to be a good citizen and we want them to come away with positive thoughts, knowing that hard work and effort really can make a difference," Suomala said.

Suomala says from day one, she starts learning students' names and hopes to have all 550 memorized so she can really get to know everyone.

"I'm looking forward to going into their classrooms, seeing the kids learn and seeing them become wonderful readers, writers and mathematicians," Suomala said.

Which is important, especially for Anigelei, who will need all that knowledge for her dream job when she grows up.

Anigelei wants to be a doctor.

Pre-K returns to school Sept. 3 and kindergarten goes back Sept. 2.

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