AUBURN, Mass. – High school freshmen may be nervous before the first day of school, so Auburn High School invited freshmen and their parents to quell those fears at an orientation on Tuesday before the school year kicks-off on Wednesday.
“We’re going over the daily things that happen in their schedule to ease some of that tension for the first day,” said Tess Jarvis, guidance director. “And a big thing for the students is receiving their daily schedule so they know who their teachers are and who are in their classes with them. The students really look forward to that.”
Students met with guidance counselors and received their schedule, a map of the school, a lunch schedule and a book on “how to get good grades.” They were also given tours of the building.
In addition, Joanie Geltman, a child development and parenting expert, spoke to parents to make them comfortable with sending off their kids to high school. Geltman also talked about the changes the students will go through over the four years in high school.
“Whether this is your first child or sixth child here at the high school, I think there is always some sort of apprehension for that first day,” said Principal Casey Handfield. “So tonight we are hoping to ease that tension, and you can really feel comfortable sending your child off to high school on the first day.”
Superintendent of Schools Maryellen Brunelle said students experience numerous first days of school (kindergarten, third grade, middle school), and just as the district’s staff has transitioned students in those first days, the high school staff is “ready to ensure the freshmen will get off to a great start.”
“They’re in terrific hands, from the principal to every member of the faculty,” Brunelle said. “We’re very excited to start the year, looking forward to the nearly 2,400 students in the district returning on Wednesday.”