Sixth-grade teacher Brandon Maulis stood in front of his 30 students Wednesday at Butterfield Canyon Elementary School, reading from "Little Red Riding Hood" and posing who, what, where, when and why questions to the class.
His class had already dropped from 31 to 30 students since the first day of school, but Maulis said the numbers typically grow, not shrink, as the school year progresses.
"This is the largest class I've ever had at the beginning of the year," he said. "I've gotten up to 30, but I've never started with 30. It's a lot to start with."