It's back to school for New York City's 1.1 million students.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and Mayor Bloomberg greeted children returning to class at the New Settlement Community Campus in the Bronx on Thursday.
More than 1,000 children in pre-K to 12th grade are enrolled in the Mt. Eden school, one of 55 new schools to open in the city this year. The state-of-the-art facility has a swimming pool, dance studio, high-tech classrooms and noise-reduction windows.
"There's a great vibe. Everyone's excited today," said Jay Jackson, dean of the middle and high schools at the campus.
As teachers welcomed children back to class and students prepared to get back to work, Bloomberg wished freshmen good luck and told them to enjoy their learning experience.
"Learning really does matter," he said. "Learn how to think. Learn how to work together and share things. If any of you want to be mayor, it's a great job."
Walcott will visit one school in each of the other four boroughs.