High school open house was a success
On April 18 incoming 8th graders and their families were welcomed to the high school campus with a special open house just for them. We had amazing attendance at our open house - only six families were not able to attend. What a great night - you could feel the excitement in the air!
Our night opened with our High School Jazz Band playing several peppy tunes along with a rousing rendition of the school song. Next high school teachers were introduced one by one - 46 teachers were on hand that evening to welcome students. It was an impressive showing of unity. Next year, over 70 teachers and staff - including paraprofessionals, cafeteria staff and custodians - will be working at the high school and with our 8-12th graders.
Then I walked families and students through a virtual tour of what a typical day will be at our High School for 8th graders. Students will start their day taking their four core classes (math, science, English, and social studies) just with other 8th graders. Their day will end with a 7th hour just for them with an 8th grade only elective. During hours 5 and 6, 8th graders are able to identify elective choices offered to all our high school students (Fine Arts, Art, PE, etc.). Between our elective classes and our extra-curricular programs, there are so many opportunities to get involved and to try new things.
Finally, we ended our open house with a special “Map, Seek and Find” activity. Students and parents sought out classrooms and other relevant locations throughout the campus. Staff and Student Council members were awaiting each and every arrival to make their introductions. Upon successful completion of their map, students traded the map for a registration form and signed up for their electives. A completed registration form earned them an ice cream treat on the way out the door.
I will say that I was already excited to have the 8th grade students at the high school in the fall because of the opportunities we can give them and our 9-12th graders. After meeting and talking with the incoming 8th graders at the open house, I am thrilled we are making this change and we get to work with these great kids at the high school this fall.
I know it’s been said...but it really is - “a GREAT time to be a Cardinal!”