(From King Philip High School)
King Philip High School held its annual Freshmen Orientation program on Wednesday, Aug. 14, in which all the incoming ninth grade students were invited to participate in a day-long event at the school.
New Assistant Principal Bill Chaplin coordinated the event with a strong group of King Philip High School Upperclassmen. More than 250 incoming freshmen attended the program to welcome them to their new school.
Much of the day is driven to ease some of their butterflies regarding starting their High School journey here at KPRHS and have some fun together.
Many of the students have been getting together over the summer in various clusters of the freshman class within such activities as the marching band or within athletics but this event was really the first opportunity to get together as the King Philip High School graduating class of 2017.
Students were introduced to the high school administration and some of the faculty members, toured the building, and were able to participate in team building activities with the upperclassmen to gain insider advice about how to get around the building and the various sports and clubs they could get involved with.
At one point during the day the freshmen were broken off into smaller groups led by the upperclassmen and were provided a chance to socialize, make new friends and discuss topics that are important in making their experience at King Philip successful on many levels.
“It was great seeing almost 80-percent of the Freshman class participate in this great day” said Chaplin – who came from King Philip Middle School and already has relationships built with these students and families – “that also helps ease the transition for these students as well as with my own transition into this new position”.
All in all, the day served as great beginning point for the class of 2017