New Bakken Elementary School brings changes for students

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WILLISTON, N.D. - Wednesday is the first day of school in Williston. But the high school isn't the only new school opening up

For teachers, parents and students anticipation is growing.

"I actually am pretty excited. It's going to change a lot compared to last year of what school I was in," says Anthony Hickel, sixth grader.

The new Bakken Elementary will bring some changes.

"Our sixth grade is actually on a bell schedule, so they have eight different periods a day and eight different teachers," says Jeanette LaFleur, Bakken Elementary School Principal.

And that's going to create some challenges the first few days.

"Getting places on time, time management is something we're going to stress, and also finding our place in the building. We have a very large building," says LaFleur.

In order to help students get used to walking around the old high school, Tuesday's open house featured a scavenger hunt with a familiar theme.

"Pokemon Go is really huge with students around the world, so we just decided to incorporate some sort of fun activity to become familiar with it," says Anthony Vandal, Williston SD 1.

"I don't really care, I think it's just fun. That's all that really matters. I don't really care about the prize," says Abigyle Slade, fifth grader.

Wednesday, the fun and games will be over, and it will be time to get down to business.

Principal LeFleur asks neighbors to be patient with the new traffic pattern the first few weeks as they iron out the kinks.