The first day of school can often be a hectic time for students, parents, teachers and school administration but this year the transition went smoothly.

Principal of New Canaan High School Tony Pavia said the day was hectic, tiring but overall very exciting.

"The spirits were good and I saw a lot of smiles," Pavia said.

Upperclassmen were only in school for half of the day while freshmen were required to attend an afternoon orientation, Pavia said. As is typical for the first day of school, Pavia said the biggest issue that had to be dealt with was scheduling and making sure everyone had the classes they needed and wanted.

This year, NCHS has seen a number of new faces including students from China, Italy and one from Sweden, Pavia said.

"We were getting new students right up until today and I wouldn't be surprised if we saw a few more tomorrow," Pavia said.

Like NCHS, West Elementary School saw similar success with their first day.

Principal Jill Correnty emphatically responded to questions about how the first day of school was going by saying it was "great."

"We've had a really smooth transition," Correnty said. "We held a meet and greet on Aug. 24 which really helped eliminate first day fears."

Kindergartners had the opportunity to check out their classroom while their parents met teachers and each other, Correnty said.

"Tomorrow will be the first day without their parents," Correnty said.

South School made an easy transition into the first day despite having a number of new students attending school, said Principal Joanne Rocco.

"It's been a great day," said Rocco, "and I've seen lots of smiling faces."

Rocco described the atmosphere at South School as being very positive and that students, teachers, and parents were all happy to be able to see each other.

"Teachers were out and about to help direct students and the buses ran smoothly," Rocco said.

Principal Alexandra Potts was also able to report good news for the first day of school at East School.

"It was excellent," Potts said about transitioning into the first day of school.

Potts said the buses arrived on time and the students were excited to be back in school as were the teachers.

"I advised everyone to take it easy today when they were outside because it was so hot," Potts said. "They need to drink plenty of water.

Superintendent of Schools David Abbey was thrilled at how well the first day of school turned out.

"It was terrific," Abbey said. "I visited all five schools and I had a parent come up to me who said the day was flawless from her standpoint."

Abbey noted the transportation system worked very well and there weren't any issues with the bus routes. He attributed the smooth opening of the schools to the work that is done before school opens.

"We had a good week before school opened when we held our convocation," Abbey said.

"The whole day was well organized, spirited and very calm," Abbey said.