By Christine Rumleskie
The local high school is helping its newest batch of students intigrate into a whole new school system.
School District 60 will be reconfiguring its schools this fall, sending all grade 10 students to the North Peace Secondary School, along with grade 11 and 12 students. Grade 7 students, meanwhile, will move into either the Dr. Kearney or the Bert Bowes Middle Schools, joining the grade 8’s and 9’s. The shift is to create more room in the over-crowded elementary school system.
Meagan Thorlakson is on the NPSS student council. Thorlakson says her school is holding an orientation on Thursday, May 13th to help new students become acquainted with life at NPSS.
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The orientation is also open to all NPSS students, as there will also be representatives from various colleges present.
Thorlakson says while she’s looking forward to seeing new faces at her school, she says she fears that there will be a maturity gap when the new grade ten students arrive.
But Superintendant of School District 60, Larry Espe, says there are procedures in place to help new students become familiar with their new surroundings.
Espe says the reconfiguration couldn’t have come at a better time, now that full-day kindergarten is coming into effect.
The orientation begins at 7:00 p.m, and will include a tour of the school, along with door prizes and food. The evening should wrap up around 8:30 p.m.
Students will get a chance to meet teachers, and also learn about the programs and courses offered at the high school.