Marist High School welcomed 430 freshmen to the 2017-2018 school year. Members of the class come from 39 municipalities, 58 zip codes, 109 grammar schools, and 120 churches. While students come from neighborhoods wide and far, the bulk of the class lives in the area immediately surrounding Marist.
Administrators spoke to the group of eager freshmen during orientation on Wednesday, August 23. Marist President Br. Hank Hammer welcomed them home, while Marist Principal Larry Tucker challenged them to start defining themselves now. “This is a fresh start, a clean slate,” Tucker explained. “Starting today you get to decide who you are and what you will accomplish. Among you is the class president, the valedictorian. Who will it be?”
The orientation day included abbreviated classes for students to meet teachers and find their way through the halls. In the afternoon, the students attended sessions about academic success and policies, social media, and a presentation from the dean of discipline about life at Marist. Student ambassadors, volunteer sophomores, juniors and seniors, were on hand throughout the day to help students get to classes, set up lockers, and share their insights about high school.
Additionally, each Marist freshman attended iPad orientation during the summer to help ensure a smooth transition to Marist’s one-to-one program that enhances the school’s curriculum. Students set up email accounts, connected to the Wi-Fi network, and practiced using common web applications (apps) used at the school.
Marist also held a freshman welcome on August 22 to help students get to know one another in advance of the first day of classes. Students ate dinner together, played games, socialized, and learned school cheers in Marist’s Red and White Stadium. At the same time, parents of freshmen gathered inside the school to review academic policies, uniforms, activities and athletics, and ways for parents to get involved in the Marist community.
“We’re proud of the family atmosphere we build here,” Tucker said. “So the way in which we welcome new and returning families is important. We live out the mission to provide all the support and resources students need to succeed.”
During the course of the year, the freshmen will meet with guidance counselors to check in about academics and school life, attend a class retreat to grow in faith, have social events focused on their class, and have access to other programming and resources.