K-12 students begin school year OSCEOLA COUNTY \u2014 With vacations and the freedom of summer behind them, students in K-12 schools across the county put on new school clothes and sharpened new pencils for their first week of writing lessons, school lunches and recess last week. \u201cSeeing the kids is really the best part of it,\u201d said G.T. Norman Elementary principal Tonya Harrison. \u201cThey are so excited to be back and so excited to see their teachers.\u201d Eating lunch with new classmates, second grade student Skylar Harris was excited to be back in school and learning new things in Brian Mumby\u2019s class at G.T. Norman Elementary. \u201c(I like) reading my science book. I\u2019m learning about dinosaurs,\u201d Skylar said. \u201cAnd we played two games. We played war and a math game.\u201d Though the school has similar enrollment and minor scheduling changes, students at G.T. Norman Elementary in Reed City will spend the year without a special class. The school\u2019s music program was cut for the 2012-13 school year to accomodate the shrinking budget. \u201cIt\u2019s sad that we lost our music program, but the board wanted to (make a decision) that would least affect our class sizes, and this doesn\u2019t affect class sizes,\u201d Harrison said. At Evart Elementary School, first grade student Aceyn Morgan, was enjoying free time in Sara Ladd\u2019s first grade class. Stretching rubber bands across a pegboard to create \u201ca trampoline,\u201d Aceyn said he was happy to be back in school and learning new things from his new teacher. \u201cI like learning because you get smarter and smarter and smarter,\u201d Aceyn said. This year, the school\u2019s art class was eliminated and integrated into each classroom, and a writing workshop was created. The move came as a way to offer courses more focused to student needs. \u201cA need that we saw in our building was writing, so we added the writing workshop,\u201d said Carol Phelps, principal of Evart Elementary School.