BLOOMFIELD, CT (WFSB) -- Back-to-school continued on Wednesday for many communities, including Bloomfield.
Metacomet Elementary welcomed a new principal, however, it’s not his first time with the school.
The new principal, Paul Guzzo, served in the role years ago.
On Wednesday, his story came full circle as he returns to the unique school in the district.
"I'm just excited to be here, I'm excited to see the kids. The first day of school is always the best day of the year," Guzzo said.
It’s one of two schools with an extended learning program and that’s going to be a big focus for the district this year.
The school continues to aspire for excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts.
Second, there’s a focus on growing extended learning opportunities.
Metacomet offers an after-school program known as extended learning. For 45 minutes students second through sixth grades receive extended instruction on STEAM-related topics: science, technology, arts, and mathematics.
"They were just going to call it STEM and I feel pretty good I got the 'A' in there for STEAM," said music teacher Matthew McCarthy.
This year, there’s a specially designed curriculum for students.
The extended learning program is also expanding for more grades.
“Another added benefit for the extended day is because it allows our students to remain at school for an additional hour, and for some parents that means the opportunity for childcare, so that's one of the attended values of extended day,” said Superintendent of Schools James Thompson, who is also Connecticut’s 2018 Superintendent of the Year.
Teachers and staff were welcomed back during the annual convocation on Tuesday.
The main message was about improving opportunities and outcomes for students. That’s the goal for this year.