NEW CANAAN — Aside from a bus-stop mix up, the first day of school went smoothly, according to New Canaan school principals.

“One of our new first graders had the ride of his life this year when somehow he ended up on the wrong bus and got brought to Saxe. One of the police officers… picked him up in the police car, turned on the siren, pulled into the South School parking lot and brought him into the front office,” ” South School Principal Joanne Rocco told the Board of Education at their Tuesday, Sept. 5 meeting. “Now he thinks that’s normal.”

Aside from the early miscue, the first day of school, on Aug. 30, was otherwise an apparent success, with the newly unveiled $18 Saxe Middle School renovation project a highlight.

“The school really looks fantastic,” said Saxe Middle School Principal Greg Macedo. “You can walk through the entire campus and it shines everywhere you look. And it didn’t look like that a month ago.”

Macedo also noted the high number of new students at Saxe to start the school year.

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“We were surprised at how many new children came to Saxe this year. That seems to be the theme resonating in the district,” Macedo said.

Of the school’s 1,339 students, 82 were new this year, though Macedo did note that there were 67 withdrawals. East, South and West elementary schools reported 45, 38 and 29 new students, respectively.

“There is a lot of movement,” Macedo said.

Students enrolled at Saxe, one of the largest middle schools in the state, were said to enjoy the South Avenue building. The wing houses not only eighth-grade classrooms, but also art and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) classrooms.; @justinjpapp1