It was back to school Tuesday for more than 800 students at the Seaview and Belhaven schools in Linwood. The red-carpet treatment was rolled out for the incoming fifth-graders as they were met with cheers and signs helping them make the transition to the new school a friendly one.

Once everyone made it to their homerooms, it was time to get the year started with a pep rally and assembly. Principal Susan Speirs invited all of the students to get involved, try new things and rolled out the theme for this school year: “Believe, Become, Belhaven.”

Seaview Elementary School is home to pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, and Belhaven Middle School is for grades five through 8.

— Suzanne Marino