JAMESTOWN – Entering high school can be an intimidating time for freshmen, but Jamestown High School helped take some of the worry away during a recent summer orientations so students can get acclimated to their new building.
The program aimed to help incoming students feel more at ease, equipping them with resources going into the new school year, and providing a chance to build relationships with teachers at the school to help them transition.
Students were introduced to habits that Principal Dana Williams says will make them successful in high school including: being proactive, keeping the end in mind, putting things first, setting goals, and looking at being a victim vs. a creator through the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Personal Workbook by Sean Covey.
“We offer a freshmen orientation every year, but this year we decided to do something different so as to keep the numbers of students limited due to COVID-19,” said Williams. “By having multiple opportunities for our freshmen, and also including our incoming 10th graders who were on remote learning, we were able to show students daily JHS life.”
Students also completed a school tour though a creative scavenger hunt, tried Battle of the Classes activities, learned more about all of the extracurricular activities available at JHS, and the met the Jamestown Police Department’s Comfort Dog, Hope, and her handler, Officer Ward, who will make regular visits to the school.