Tallahassee, Florida --
Teachers all over Leon County are getting ready for students to fill their empty seats.
Students and teachers all over Leon County had open houses on Friday. All of them are excited and ready to start the first day of school.
Students, parents and teachers gathered Friday for an open house at Griffin Middle School.
Rejean L'heureux is a teacher at Griffin. He said, "It's good to be able to see parents, and see students and let them know what's going to go on for the beginning of the school year"
For many students, it's their first time seeing their friends in a few months. Students walked up to a chart to check out what classes they will be taking this school year.
"It's exciting... it's very happy... a very happy moment," said Dorian Solomon, a student at Griffin.
Teachers were prepping their classes, cleaning desks and making the room cozy.
"I'm really excited to just get in the classroom and start teaching the curriculum and meeting everybody and just getting into that first day routine," said Rachel Hayes, a science teacher.
Griffin Middle has been remodeled, and teachers have all sorts of new technology. For one teacher, the new school year is all about engaging students through new means.
Jessica Chapman teaches English. She said, "They're doing everything they can with technology, so to get them in the classroom using that technology, they instantly want to do what you're doing in the class."
And now all of that preparation is about to come together when the students start walking through the doors, and the bell rings for the first class of the new school year.