While things may look different in our buildings this year, it remains a priority to create a welcoming environment in which our students feel comfortable. Orientation sessions for incoming sixth and ninth graders are meant to ease students’ anxieties about starting a new school and this year is no different. These students were welcomed to campus for tours and teamwork, taking away some of the worries of the new year.
Ninth graders joined together on the high school football field where they were welcomed by the high school administrators. Information about where to go when they need help was emphasized. Students were then split into smaller groups to participate in teambuilding activities facilitated by the Nassau BOCES Brookville Environmental Education Center. Wearing masks and maintaining appropriate distances, the students worked together to complete tasks such as forming a triangle with a giant rope.
Following the teambuilding activities, upperclassmen served as tour guides, showing the ninth graders common locations, including from which door they would enter the building each day since each grade will enter from a different location.
Sixth graders received their schedules, along with new Chromebooks, and learned the lay of the land from Middle School Principal H. Thomas Hogan and Assistant Principal Michael LoGerfo. They practiced walking the hallways while keeping socially distant and they had an opportunity to ask questions about their schedules, school rules and more.
Both the middle school and high school held three orientation sessions to keep groups smaller. Every participant had their temperature taken upon arrival and was required to wear a mask.
Mr. Hogan said it was important for students to see their new building and have an opportunity to ask questions. “In a typical year, heading to middle school can be scary,” he said. “This year, we add many unknowns, making it critical that we addressed concerns prior to the first day of school.”