First Days of School Thu, 08/31/2017 - 12:13pm admin Storm clouds before the solar eclipse in Tecumseh. Photo courtesy of Steve Pera. Total eclipse. Photo courtesy of Steve Pera. The diamond-ring effect. Photo courtesy of Steve Pera. Sixth-graders Sofia Vasquez, Caitee Huthinson and Rylie Jarecki enjoy the solar eclipse at St. Anthony School in Columbus. Third- and fourth-graders at St. John Neumann School in Clarkson view the solar eclipse. Students at Roncalli Catholic High School in Omaha enter “the Lion’s Den” in honor of the school’s mascot – a winged lion. Students at V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha enjoy “Popsicle Day” on the first Friday of the new school year. Junior Morgan Stern welcomes freshman Paul Morris into “Willett House” at Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Bellevue. Students form four houses of faith and service at the school and opening days of each year include a “sorting ceremony.” Lisa Jackson of St. Leonard School in Madison, right, works June 20 in Norfolk with Tammi Romberg (blue shirt) of St. Bonaventure School in Columbus and Romberg’s colleagues at St. Bonaventure, Sandi Demuth, Lynn Mielak and Liz Hamling. The teachers were among nearly 170 science teachers from 55 archdiocesan schools who gathered over four days in Norfolk and Omaha for special training days on new science standards.