What is the best way to welcome the new freshmen into the high school? At Mt. Vernon High School, the best way to become orientated is by having a dance off, touring the high school, playing fun games, and eating pizza. Students in the mentoring program taught the incoming freshmen all of the ropes and rules of high school while still having fun!
The mentoring program is a group of role models at Mt. Vernon High School who are chosen by several teachers and Principal Greg Roach. The students are selected to be a mentor for their leadership skills and ability to be a positive role model to others. In the beginning of summer, the mentors went through a training process to enhance their leadership skills.
On July 26th, the mentors hosted a Freshman Kick-off Day for the new students to get excited and ready for high school. Mentors were assigned a group of freshmen to get to know them and teach them the building layout, scheduling, and answer questions.
First on the agenda was an ice-breaker game to learn each other's names and interests. Everyone then went to the gym to play more orientation games and get excited for the rest of the day. One game that was played included freshmen volunteers trying to put on a pair of pants without using their hands.
For the rest of the day, the freshman toured the building to find their classes, listened to Principal Roach and Assistant Principal Shelton address rules and guidelines, and ate pizza for lunch.
The energy-filled day ended with a dance off where each group performed a dance in front of everyone. The competition proved to be entertaining and full of creativity as they showed off their dance moves.
The Freshman Kick-off Day was an event full of making new friendships and learning more about high school. Both freshmen and mentors enjoyed the day as they prepared for the first day of school!