NORTH BEND — For North Bend High School freshmen, back-to-school looks like rows of cheering and clapping teachers.
On Wednesday, doors open for freshmen only, giving them an atmosphere where they can get a quick crash-course on a-day-in-the-life at high school.
“That way its way less intimidating,” said Principal Bill Lucero. “This way they can relax and figure out how a school day in high school goes and the next day they can set aside their fears and focus on a good education.”
Teachers and staff are lined up at the doors as freshmen walk in because that is what they do on graduation night when students walk back out.
“The staff makes two lines and cheer as they leave school after graduation, which is pretty neat,” Lucero said.
However, seniors and some juniors will also be present to lead groups that first day. Lucero said the seniors and juniors are “instrumental on making this happen and making Bulldog Day a great thing. The freshmen get to be led by their older classmates, which is a good way to get to know them and see what a good role model looks like.”
Freshmen are taught how to successfully navigate high school and make the most of their next four years there. On the first day, they also get a mini class schedule, where each class is only 10 minutes long, mixed in with activities geared to help students get to know each other.
“It's the first day of school, so no one has homework, which means we do a bunch of activities for them to understand our school,” Lucero said. “Some of those activities are on the football field. It's a fun time and a great way to start the school year, giving teachers a chance to know kids in a different light.”
Lucero added that Bulldog Day has proved successful over the years, but also during the first week of school students fill out a sheet listing and explaining their hopes and dreams for high school and their career and three things they will do this year to make it happen. Then, on May 16, there will be a student-led conference on how those goals were accomplished.
“We're excited for another school year,” Lucero said. “We have some new programs, new technology offerings. Our program keeps getting more diverse and meets the needs of more and more kids. All in all, it's going to be a great year.”