OCSD welcomes in 2017-2018 school year with “Freshman First” day at OHS

As the Oswego City School District opened its doors Wednesday for the 2017-2018 school year, Oswego High School welcomed the newest members of its student population for the second annual “Freshman First” day.
Designed to ease ninth grade Buccaneers into the rigors of high school, Freshman First day gives members of the Class of 2021 the campus of OHS to themselves one day before the rest of the students arrive.
OCSD Executive Director of Secondary Education and Personnel Heidi Sweeney, who presided over last year’s inaugural Freshman First day as OHS Principal, said students and parents “can look forward to another great start at Oswego High School” and the district is “student centered in every decision we make and every action we take.”
“For Freshman First day, we review expectations, students attend a class meeting, go through their schedule, and meet their teachers. We are focused on academics and supportive of our students' social and emotional needs,” Sweeney said. “Our goals align with our district vision and mission of helping students become fully prepared and life ready!”
Entering high school can be a major adjustment for students, so teachers and administrators use Freshman First day to give students a chance to get accustomed to navigating the building, getting to and from their lockers and classes, as well as how to access school resources like counselors and the nurse’s office.
Fire drills, hallway etiquette, cafeteria procedures and electronic device use rules are all on the agenda during the day and teachers also take the opportunity to impart some advice and encouragement.
“I know it all seems confusing at first but you’ll get the hang of it and you’ll all be fine – you really will,” 11th grade English teacher Renee Warren told her homeroom class. “People are willing to help and all you have to do is ask.”
Wednesday also marked the beginning of the school year for all five of the OCSD elementary schools as well as Oswego Middle School. Grades 10, eleven and twelve begin classes at the high school on Thursday.