James Monroe HS students excited to begin new school year

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Rochester City School District welcomed its students back from their summer break Wednesday morning as they too celebrated the start of the new school year. News10NBC was at James Monroe High School as students arrived.

Students we talked to here at the high school say their summer vacation was just too short, but they’re happy to be back in school with their classmates and teachers. They’re already looking forward to a great year.

“I’m very excited to be back in school. You know we’re the jewel of the city, and are students that shine,” said 10th Grader Julieann Falu.

There were lots of hugs and fist bumps as students here at James Monroe High School gather outside for their first day of school. Some students sharing what they’re looking forward to just before school started.

“I’m looking forward to building connections in school,” said 12th Grader Amirah Cunningham. She continued, “Networking, trying to figure out where I’ll go to college. Just using all the resources that I have here at Monroe.”

Falu added, “You know mostly focusing on my grades, and you know sports also. Especially volleyball. So I’m just very excited for that too.”

Speaking of sports, the school is already preparing for this Friday’s Pep Rally. Homecoming is this Saturday, and so is the big football game against Bishop Kearney High School. Styhles McKenzie Baker is a 10th grader on the team.

“Everybody is excited. We just want to win. We just want to show, like Monroe haven’t really did that good these past 2 years. We’re trying to wake everybody up, and show them that this is a new year. New us. Jewel of the city,” said McKenzie.

School Principal Jason Muhammad was out there to great his students. This year is about continuing its main priorities for the students.

“Opening up doors of opportunity. Helping them to get through those doors and make it to the next level. We’re definitely focused on what they’re able to do when they leave us so that all we give them in terms of an education is theirs,” said Muhammad. 

Join us again tomorrow morning on News10NBC Today starting at 4:30. Patrick Moussignac will be reporting live from McQuaid Jesuit High School for their first day of school.