Orientation programs introduce freshmen, transfer students to Lincoln-Way Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Lincoln-Way High School District 210 held a series of student mixers and open houses this month to welcome incoming freshmen and students who transferred into the district from neighboring states or communities.
"Welcome Class of 2016," Lincoln-Way East High School Student Activities Coordinator Ali Jakubek told a group of freshmen on Aug. 13. "We are so thrilled to have you here at our school."
"This is the first week (of school) and everyone is learning new things," assured Lincoln-Way North High School social worker Jeanne Schaefer, who welcomed a group of transfer students to school on Aug. 14.
Orientation programs were held at all four Lincoln-Way high schools in the week leading up to the first day of school on Aug. 16.
Students had an opportunity to tour the schools, find their lockers and learn a little bit about student life from upperclassmen who serve as peer mentors and student ambassadors.
"Our goal is to assist students in feeling comfortable and confident about transferring into our district," said Schaefer.
Students walked freely through the halls with Peer Mentors, Link Crew members and Student Ambassadors, talking about school life and learning where to find the cafeterias, libraries, counselor offices, academic areas and gymnasiums.
"It's not as intimidating as it looks," said Lincoln-Way East senior Jasmine Jonlija who took a group of freshmen on a tour of her school.
"The teachers are really helpful," added classmate Ambur Vacha, who assisted a group of transfer students.
At Lincoln-Way North, students Angie Romero, Olivia Knuth, Jordan Rife and Hayley Rife reached out to a group of transfer students by sharing personal stories about their first days at North while taking them on a tour of their school.
"It's not a scary place," said Haley.
"It's easy to fit in," added Jordan. "It's easy to make friends.
Back at Lincoln-Way East, Student Council President Jack Bainbridge encouraged students to get involved in one of the school's many clubs or activities.
"It's a great way to meet people," he said.
"There's definitely something here for you," he added. "Just find it."