Friday, September 4, 2009

Freshmen Only

Burlington Community High School in Burlington, Iowa had their first day of school on August 20. But it was not back to business as usual. This year the first day was only for freshmen.

In an attempt to help freshmen move from middle school to high school more easily, upper classmen were asked to take an extra day of summer vacation. The freshmen were able to follow their schedules, go to their classes, meet their teachers, and ask their questions without the crowds and noise of a thousand other students in the building. Their classes were only seven minutes, but the rest of the day was spent in assemblies, advisory groups, and planned activities such as a scavenger hunt, games, and a club carnival where students could see what clubs and organizations are available and join them if they wanted.

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