AUBURN, Mass. – Heading to a new school can be one of the most nerve-wracking situations, as students wonder, “Where are my classes? How do I open my locker? What time do I eat lunch? What clubs are offered?”
Auburn Middle School will try to get rid of these first-day jitters with a program for new students this week.
On Wednesday, Aug. 22 and Thursday, Aug. 23, the middle school will be hosting an open house from 8 a.m. to noon for mainly sixth graders, according to Auburn Middle School Principal Joseph Gagnon.
“This will help put their mind at ease,” Gagnon said. “Switching from small to large school can be scary, so this will help get rid of those first-day butterflies.”
Along with the school’s guidance faculty, the Student Council will be on hand to answer students’ questions, give tours of the building and sell school sweatshirts. Students will also have an opportunity to try opening a combination lock.
“That’s one of their biggest fears,” Gagnon said. “They’ll get to check out the locker and get comfortable with opening them. Also, a Bay Path student will be there to take orders for locker shelves.”
The guidance faculty will be in attendance to pass out student schedules for all grade levels, including the seventh and eighth graders.
“It’s a great day to relax and spend 10 minutes here and 20 minutes here in the building,” Gagnon said. “It’s up to them and their comfort level, and the four hours allows parents with different schedules to come.”
Gagnon will not be in the building due to a prior professional development commitment on Wednesday, but assistant principal John Giordano will be at the school to oversee the “Open House.”
For more information, check out the school district’s website at www.auburn.k12.ma.us or call the middle school at 508-832-7722.