Ready for the New School Year

Ready for the New School Year photo

Over the past week, both students and teachers have been focused on preparing for the upcoming 2018-19 school year.

On Aug.29, incoming NHS 9th graders attended a re-imagined freshman orientation. Instead of a typical assembly and tour of the school, students were invited to get to know their classmates and school landscape through various fun activities. Upon arrival, freshmen greeted new and old classmates excitedly as they made their way into the auditorium for a warm welcome back from their principal and assistant principals. Also in attendance were volunteers from the National Honor Society, who gave up one of their last days of summer to help incoming students get acclimated.

NHS Principal Daniel Danbusky shared some words of wisdom with the incoming freshman before they were released to participate in fun team-building activities.

“As you step into high school, you have the opportunity to create a legacy,” he told them. “Remember that every interaction you have with someone else adds to who you are; to your future self.”

Students then took part in activities to help them get to know their classmates and to break the ice such as learning the “In My Feelings” challenge dance, playing ultimate rock paper scissors, and escaping the human knot. Students ended the afternoon with a barbeque and a newfound excitement for the upcoming start of high school!

During Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 4, all faculty and staff spent the day preparing and getting motivated for the upcoming year.

Guest speaker Dr. Robert Brooks gave a keynote presentation on the power of mindsets, and nurturing motivation in students. Dr. Brooks has lectured nation-wide on the topics of motivation, resilience, leadership roles, and more, and has written and co-written 17 books on a variety of topics.

“Motivation, student engagement, and resilience are all interconnected,” Dr. Brooks said, “and the more you focus on creating a positive classroom environment to foster those things, the more your students will push themselves.”

Throughout the rest of the conference, teachers attended breakout sessions, met with their departments, and participated in activities and exercises to promote student engagement. Full to the brim with new ideas, faculty left ready for the start of the 2018-19 school year on Sept. 6.