The first day and a fresh start (with photos)

By Brandi Bailey

September 5, 2013 Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 11:17 PM EST

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's a new school year for students in the Union-Endicott School District. At Charles F. Johnson Jr. Elementary School, it's a chance for students and staff to start fresh.

As kids filed off the school bus for the first day, CFJ staff were standing by to help.

With roughly 60 new kindergarten students headed to the classroom, it's important teachers have their class lists and locations in order.

"I think I only had one set of tears and it was just that little bit of, it's new again, it's anxiety and it wasn't even a kindergarten student," said CFJ principal Pamela Riddleberger.

For some students, like fifth-grader Kevin Vasquez, it's about making sure he's got all of his supplies ready and preparing to be a leader for younger students.

"Got some clothes. Prepared my clothes last night. Got a lot of schools supplies last minute," Vasquez said. "When I was younger they said to look up at the fifth-graders and now we're the fifth-graders, so they look up to us."

Staff members say it's all about the four B's.

"It's being respectful, being safe, being caring and being here and ready," Riddleberger said.

It's a phrase students both new and old will learn.

CFJ is one of four elementary schools in the Union-Endicott district going from kindergarten to fifth grade. Students in grades six through eight attend the middle school.