I arrived at the high school for what I was assuming to be a somewhat ordinary day. After walking into the building, it was clear I was mistaken. There was much more activity in the hallway than normal and a large number of new faces as well. I quickly learned that this years 8th graders, the incoming freshman for next school year, were visiting the high school for the day.
As it turned out, the day was quite orchestrated, with the 8th graders being taken on tours, sitting in on classes being offered next year, and meeting teachers and current high school students who will soon be their new classmates. Meeting a few of the incoming high schoolers, they were wide-eyed and quiet; listening and taking it all in. In a large way, it was like the first day of school a bit early.
With the energy in the building being upbeat and positive, next years incoming freshman were able to bring their own fresh energy as well. Summer is just upon us, but after this week’s school day of looking forward, it seems that the future faces of the high school are eager to play their part.