Bailey Farnsworth is excited by the hill. Isabella Miranda is happy about the gym and Heather Caywood is looking forward to having all of her children at one school.

It may have been cold and foggy Monday morning when Wrightson Ridge School opened its doors for the first time, but students and parents were excited about Sahuarita Unified School District’s newest school.

About 450 K-5 students were welcomed onto campus with much fanfare, which included Sahuarita High School’s marching band, flag team, cheer squad and dance team. Two hundred or so sixth- through eighth-graders will be welcomed to the school in the fall.

First grade teacher Mary McGraw was on hand to make sure her students found their way to their new classroom.

“I’m very excited,” she said. “This is a wonderful school with a wonderful principal and I know the students were excited when we visited right before the break.”

Bailey, a 7-year-old second-grader who transferred from Sahuarita Primary School, brought her mom, Chelsea Farnsworth.

“I like it,” she said.

Her favorite part?

“The hill on the playground because you can roll down it,” Bailey said.

Mom was more impressed with the school itself.

“It looks really nice. We drove over on the break to look around,” Chelsea Farnsworth said.

Michaela Caywood, an 8-year-old third-grader, was feeling a little overwhelmed Monday morning. The former Sahuarita Intermediate School student clung to mom, Heather, while she waited for her teacher.

“She’s excited, but when it was time to drop her off, she got cold feet,” Heather Caywood said. “She’s excited her new classroom is right next to the elevator, they have desks instead of tables and her brothers will be with her next year.”

She, too, is excited about fall. She’ll have three kids at Wrightson, which means one drop-off, one pick-up and one office.

Isabella Miranda, a 6-year-old first-grader, will also be going to school next year with her big sister, Gianna, a 13-year-old seventh-grader.

For now, she’s just glad to say goodbye to the carpeted gym at Sahuarita Primary.

“I think this school is awesome. I like the playground the best and it has an awesome gym, too,” Isabella said. “No more rug burns!”

Isabella and Gianna’s mom, Renee Miranda, is a third grade teacher at the school. She and Isabella both donned Wrightson Ridge Roadrunner T-shirts for the special day.

“It’s amazing. We’re so happy and excited. We’ve been anticipating this day for a long time,” Renee Miranda said.

After getting the students settled, Principal Shelly Lizardi gathered them for a short welcoming assembly. At the end, she led the students in their new cheer, with each statement punctuated with two foot stomps.

“We are the Roadrunners!

And we are awesome!”

Kim Smith | 547-9740


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