Ninth-graders across Bellmore-Merrick Central were recently treated to educational and entertaining freshman orientations at their new buildings.
At Mepham High School, students enrolled in the district’s Broadcast Communication tested out equipment in the new state-of-the-art studio. Students within the district can apply for this four-year program, housed at Mepham.
In addition to building tours, students learned about the goals and expectations of the program for the upcoming year.
At Calhoun High School, senior student leaders hosted small group discussions with incoming freshmen about “Being a Calhoun Student.”
"Students were split into small groups and had the opportunity to hear from the seniors and ask them questions,” explained Vice Principal Dr. Neil Testa. "They were also tasked with exploring, ‘what would I want to tell the ninth grade me about the next four years at Calhoun?”
Upperclassmen at Kennedy High School were also on hand to assist, offering insight and advice to help with a successful first year in high school.
“Lisa Scherer, the class advisor, kicked off their first community service project for the year, collecting school supplies for a school in Louisiana devastated by recent flooding,” said Principal Lorraine Poppe. “The day ended with Michael DiGiovanni and his C.H.A.M.P. [Culinary and Hospitality Applied Management Program] and students hosting a barbecue for the freshmen.”