The Times photo by Betsy Reason

Noblesville Millers soccer player Drew Decker, 14, an incoming freshman at Noblesville High School, proudly shows off Miller Soccer scarves as he walks around Noblesville Schools’ Back-to-School Bash on Friday at Federal Hill Commons.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Noblesville Millers soccer player Drew Decker, 14, an incoming freshman at Noblesville High School, proudly shows off Miller Soccer scarves as he walks around Noblesville Schools’ Back-to-School Bash on Friday at Federal Hill Commons.
What a great Back-to-School Bash on Friday at Federal Hill Commons.
The bash has really grown in size since its move last year from the Downtown Square.
Thousands of Noblesville school families came out to celebrate the start of classes for Noblesville Schools and the district’s 150th anniversary celebration.
While teachers return today, the first day of classes for students is Thursday.
At the bash, school colors of black and gold were everywhere, with nearly 100 school and community booths, showcasing each school and many community groups, from art to athletics.
The Indiana State Fair Band Day champions, the Noblesville Marching Millers, moved quickly across the lawn and onto the stage for a performance that included the Neil Diamond favorite, “Sweet Caroline.”
Noblesville Schools Superintendent Beth Niedermeyer welcomed everyone with a positive message about the school year.
One of the district’s new safety dogs, Gigi, a black Labrador retriever, greeted students.
Conner Prairie youth volunteers -- including Kate Boice, Common Council member Mark Boice’s daughter -- dressed as costumed interpreters and demonstrated what school was like in 1836.
There were lots of food trucks, including a Kona Ice truck manned by The Times’ summer intern Andrew Harp.
Students got their photos taken. They played games. And took home swag from various booths.
They could also dunk their teachers in a dunk tank.
Students and parents could meet school principals and teachers and directors. They could learn about Noblesville Swim Club, Noblesville United Soccer Club and the NHS Dance Team. About Riverview Health, Noblesville Parks and the Boys & Girls Club.
They could buy Noblesville Schools’ shirts and other swag from a couple of local vendor booths, play corn hole at The Excel Center booth and shoot hoops at a Noblesville Basketball Club booth.
The district’s 150th anniversary year-long festivities will also include themed events, anniversary dedications, the honoring of 25 select individuals as Noble Millers for exceptional commitment to Noblesville Schools, historical exhibits, an anniversary song, throwback spirit wear, a commemorative coffee-table book, product tie-ins at local businesses and more.
Elementary students will find out who their teacher is during their school’s ice cream social, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today.
Elementary and middle school supply lists are posted on the front page of each school’s website.
Starting on Thursday, school start- and end-times will change. Elementary schools will be in session 7:50 a.m. to 2:35 p.m., and secondary schools will be in session 8:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
For more information on noblesville Schools, visit www.noblesvilleschools.org.

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