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Photo Gallery: First day of school at Adams Elementary in Costa Mesa

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Stacey DeBoom-Howard, the new principal at Adams Elementary School in Costa Mesa, introduces herself to Sierra Herndon, 4, as parents Jorge Suarez and Melanie Smith watch on Tuesday, the first day of school for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

 (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
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Gunnar Bates, 3, hides behind his dad, Jason, before starting preschool at the Adams Elementary School campus in Costa Mesa on Tuesday.

 (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
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Michelle Sperling welcomes Rick Schafer, 6, to her first-grade class at Adams Elementary School in Costa Mesa on the first day of school Tuesday.

 (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
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Rachel Miller walks her daughter Ava, 5, and son Dagen, 7, to their first day of the school year at Adams Elementary School in Costa Mesa on Tuesday.

 (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
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Students walk on the playground before school Tuesday at Adams Elementary School in Costa Mesa.

 (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
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Leydiana Elias takes a photo of her son Ismael, 8, on the first day of school Tuesday at Adams Elementary School in Costa Mesa.

 (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
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