Orientation welcomes students to Windsor Locks Middle School
By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Wed., Aug. 28, 2013
Windsor Locks Middle School held an orientation program for the new sixth-graders on Aug. 22, before classes were scheduled to begin the next week. One open house was held at 10 a.m., and another at 6 p.m.
“We had a full house both times,” said David Prinstein, one of the co-principals at the school. “I think things went really well. Many children came with their parents and took the tour together. We were able to hand the students their schedules now, so there should be less confusion on the first day.”
In addition to the tour, students and parents could meet with the faculty and principals. The students were encouraged to ask any questions they had on their minds, with the goal of alleviating some of the fears that the new-comers might have on their first day at a new school. The students were also able to find their lockers.
Tyler Pedemonti was one of the students at the second open house session. “I really feel better now that I had a chance to see the school,” said Pedemonti.
Ethan Garcia agreed. “I like having my schedule in advance. It’s a big school,” said Garcia.
Leon St. Pierre attended the open house with his dad. “I feel like I’m more prepared for school now,” said St. Pierre. “The open house helped a lot.”
The two principals, Prinstein and Gregory Blachfield, said they want to help the children do well in school and feel welcome to their new home. That is why they had Sarah Maffiolini, youth services director for the town of Windsor Locks, set up a table in the lobby for parents and students new to Windsor Locks to find out what programs were available.
Windsor Locks Youth Services partnered with New Directions under a grant from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to launch the Windsor Locks Wellness Coalition. They are asking for the students and parents to be aware of underage drinking and substance abuse. The catch phrase for the program is “You Are The Key.” The principals and faculty hope that together with the Youth Services, they can make a change for the good of the students.