In what has become a Van Alstyne ISD tradition, Superintendent Dr. John Spies was at the front doors of Van Alstyne Elementary School early Monday morning, along with Principal Elizabeth Smith, to personally welcome students back to campus as schools opened across the district. It was a busy day at the elementary school as there was an unprecedented number of students reporting to class, particularly in kindergarten where the number of students on this day was 127, up from 96 the year before.