Freshman orientation today

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Freshman orientation today
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Tue, 08-31-2010 - 11:19am
My Ds is starting high school on 9/2 and today they have an orientation for freshmen from 9-12--this is something new. I don't remember my DD having this, although it was 7 yrs ago, but she doesn't think she had it either--all they did was bus them over from the middle school one day in June to get a tour of the high school. I really have no idea what they are going to do. The website said students & parents were "invited" so I assume that it's not mandatory even for students. It really annoys me though when they have these kind of things during the day--don't they realize that in most families both parents work in the day time? DS said most of his friends' parents (probably moms) are going--he does have a few friends whose moms don't work or work at schools & have the summer off. I asked him if he wanted me to go & he said no--he doesn't like to have parents at anything. lol But in fact, his dad has had him for the past couple of days on vacation & they were coming directly back from vacation to the school so since dad has the day off anyway, if anyone could go, it should be him. Well I guess I will find out soon enough what happened. DS does have some anxiety about going to a new school, which is very large (over 400 in each grade) so hopefully this will help him out & not make him more nervous. Oh, they are also having their school pictures today! I guess it's for IDs, but it's really early.
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Registered: 06-27-2006
Tue, 08-31-2010 - 11:25am
Our high school does this. They have high school registration for all grades, then freshmen/new student orientation, about 1 week before school starts. Last year, I think my mom took Kristen, since I was working. I do agree that the schools tend to think that all parents get the summer off, or have a lax boss and will just let them off at the drop of a hat.

Wow! over 400 in each class, I would be a bit nervous too. My DS is the same, would rather do everything by himself than to have his mommy tag along. LOL.

I hope everything goes well. I think it will give him a chance to tour the school and find his classrooms before the first day. Maybe it will cut down on tardies. ;)

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Tue, 08-31-2010 - 11:30am

Hi Music,


We don't have Freshman orientation at our school, but we do have registration day. My dd and I went, and she was able to get her class schedule, ID, and since we are in a new location, check out her surroundings, find friends.

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Tue, 08-31-2010 - 11:56am
My kids' HS had/has an "Almost a Freshman" dance, that incoming 8th graders from all the feeder schools are invited to--even the private ones. It's held a few weeks after the last 8th grade graduation, and all the kids look forward to it. Our hs has FIVE middle schools that feed it, and at least 3 private elementary schools. Each graduating class has over 1000 kids. This is a way to begin to meet some of those kids, separate from the rush of anything else. The dance is followed a few more weeks later by both Freshman registration, and Freshman orientation. And while I agree that it was sometimes a pain to take time off, it was neither the first, nor the last time, and it was a necessity.
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Tue, 08-31-2010 - 12:10pm

Greg had his freshman orientation last Thursday.

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Tue, 08-31-2010 - 1:48pm

All of his friends will be going to the same h.s. I haven't heard of anyone who is going to Catholic or private h.s. I'm sure there are some. There are 2 public middle schools but only one public h.s. in our town.

I texted him to ask how it went--his answer was Booooring. lol I'll get the details later.

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Tue, 08-31-2010 - 1:49pm
I can't imagine what it's like to go to a school that's that big--I had only about 200 in my graduating class from h.s., so basically I knew 90% of the students. He had an 8th grade dance at the end of the year but it was only for his school.
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Registered: 12-03-1999
Tue, 08-31-2010 - 10:53pm

There were 250 kids in each of my dds' 8th grade class!!! Maybe that's why older dd felt comfortable going a college that had 14,000 students registered.

*I* had about 650 kids in my HS class, and I was in the top 5%. People STILL recognize me--even all these wrinkles and all these pounds later. Ran into one in the pet store the other day, and the first thing out of her mouth was, "Are you going to the REUNION???" It's a round number--you can guess which one.

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Wed, 09-01-2010 - 12:16pm

So DS came home w/ his schedule last night--aside from the typical all year classes (Geometry, English Spanish III, History and Science) the he has one quarter each of gym, health, piano & web design. He is glad about the piano--he has been teaching himself to play over the summer w/ my help so he's looking forward to that. He has an incredible memory. He will learn a song & memorize it in a day--I can play much better from sight reading since I took piano lessons for 10 yrs when I was a kid, but I can't memorize--must be the brain cells deteriorating. Plus he can watch a Youtube video of someone playing a song & learn it that way, which I can't. I really need to see the music.

So aside from getting the schedule & touring the school & getting their ID pictures taken then he brought home some notes on how to make the school year succesful. These were for parents--things like make sure your child goes to school & does their homework. Yeah, I really never would have thought of that on my own. So there was really no reason at all for parents to go--he said they just followed their kids around.

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Wed, 09-01-2010 - 2:10pm

Ah, yes the typical answer! I'm glad it went well, and that his friends will be attending. My dd was excited to get back to school, simply for the friend factor and she is in 8th grade. I think she spent most of her time at orientation finding and hanging out with friends.


I like the tips on how to have a successful school year, make sure your child goes to school, ha! That certainly helps:)

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Wed, 09-01-2010 - 10:31pm
My daughter is also learning to play the piano this year.