Marist High School welcomed 421 freshmen to orientation day on Wednesday, August 22. The students come from 40 cities or towns, 58 zip codes, and 110 grammar schools.
The students were greeted by Principal Larry Tucker ’79, Academic Deans Joe Inzinga ’77 and Tom Gouterman, and Admissions Recruiter Pat Hogan ’05, along with a group of student ambassadors. They assembled in the main gym where Br. Hank Hammer, FMS welcomed them home, explaining that Marist is now their second home. Mr. Tucker followed by pointing out that high school is a fresh start and an opportunity to make a positive first impression. "More powerful than your phone or iPad is your mindset.” Tucker said. “How you approach opportunities and challenges this year is a reflection of your mindset."
The freshmen continued their day by attending classes, meeting teachers, and learning about course expectations. During lunch periods, they heard from the dean of discipline, dean of academics, and class guidance counselor.
The night before orientation, August 21, freshman parents and students attended a welcome event at the school. Parents met in the gym and cafeteria to get an overview of many topics of interest for new parents, including schedules, uniforms, athletics, activities, and more. Meanwhile, out in Marist’s Red & White Stadium, the freshmen participated in games and activities to get to know one another and learn the Marist fight song. Earlier in August, freshmen attended Marist 101 sessions to become familiar with their iPads, Marist technology, useful apps, and more.
All grade level students begin school on Thursday, August 23. During a week of August 27, each grade level will have assembly to address important events and topics that are pertinent to that year level.
Faculty and staff members also gathered in advance of the school year. On Monday, August 20, they competed in a friendly scavenger throughout the neighborhood, while on Tuesday, they celebrated mass together with celebrant Fr. Tom Hurley ’85 and attended meetings.