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The 3:45 p.m. bell rang, signaling the end of the day, but none of the sixth-graders moved. They barely twitched, their rapt attention held by Sara Lashbrook’s harrowing story of evacuating kids from her kindergarten classroom Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City.

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8:15 a.m. A few cars are lined up in front of Jackson Elementary School, kids piling out with backpacks. The walking school bus strolls up and drops off a handful of kids while older students zoom by on bikes.

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Cool, crisp mornings and back-to-school sale signs at local retailers signify one constant of fall: School has started.

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On a slab of concrete in front of the flagpole — with a stellar view of the Tetons — lower school students at the Jackson Hole Classical Academy played in their first recess at their new campus Tuesday morning, the first day of school marking a new chapter in the Academy’s history.

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The Children’s Learning Center’s Rafter J greenhouse project started several years ago, sparked by a group of intrepid 4-year-olds wanted to know more about where their food came from. They had a sense beef didn’t live in its life in plastic-wrapped packages and that bananas didn’t come off the tree with a neat piece of plastic wrapped around the bunch and marked with a sticker.

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Alta Elementary work begins

Minor construction has started at Alta Elementary School, and it may continue into the school year.

The small school needs more storage for items that are not used on a regular basis, Teton County School District No. 1 Information Coordinator Charlotte Reynolds said. The things in question are gym and athletic equipment and a stage that is used when the school puts on performances.

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After a marathon meeting that featured over four hours of public comment and nearly two hours of board discussion on a single issue — whether to change the Teton High School Redskins mascot — the Teton School District 401 Board of Trustees decided it wasn’t ready to make the final call.