The School Year Kicks off at West Springfield
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The School Year Kicks off at West Springfield

Hannah Friend, left, with fellow West Springfield seniors Rowah Teskeq, and Cheyenne Jones are heading to “Sparta,” a temporary set of classrooms, on the first day of school.

Hannah Friend, left, with fellow West Springfield seniors Rowah Teskeq, and Cheyenne Jones are heading to “Sparta,” a temporary set of classrooms, on the first day of school. Photo by Mike Salmon.

— The first day of school at West Springfield High School is a big deal for some, and

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Students unload in the back of the school.

not so much for others. School started a week earlier this year, which wasn’t a high point for students, and the school is under renovations, so there are some challenges for students and teachers to get used to. It’s the second year of the renovations, so a makeshift arrangement of trailers out back has been named “Sparta” to keep in line with the school’s moniker. “We’re getting a new science wing by spring semester, it’s going to be awesome,” said Dawn Pemberton, a science teacher at the school.

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The Spartan baseball team ventures into the unknown on the first day at West Springfield.

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Out at the bus unloading area, Bill Langloh has his list of buses to check in.