Lincoln-Way North High School welcomed future Phoenix to the school on Wednesday (Feb. 6) for a Freshman Open House.
The students, who are currently in eighth grade, were invited to tour their future high school, along with their parents, and to receive an explanation of how specific, required course recommendations are made.
They also had an opportunity explore elective course options and ask questions about education programs, high school expectations, clubs, activities and athletics.
“On Aug. 20, your flight as a Phoenix will begin,” stated Dr. Mark Cohen, who will assume the principalship at Lincoln-Way North for the 2013-14 school year when Dr. Michael Gardner retires.
“Our faculty and staff … are here to help you every step of the way,” he added.
All four Lincoln-Way High School District 210 schools hosted a Class of 2017 Open House this week, inviting students and their parents to learn more about Lincoln-Way and what to expect at the high school level.
Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way East opened their schools to the Class of 2017 on Feb. 5. Lincoln-Way North and Lincoln-Way West hosted open houses Feb. 6.
At Lincoln-Way North, Gardner and Cohen asked freshman Ben Troike and junior Alex Partekel to talk to students about the school and to share some of their own experiences with teachers, coaches and other students. Senior Jen Zobak led the group in saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
“With change, there are bound to be some worries,” Ben told students. “But soon, you’ll find there is nothing to worry about.”
Alex, who is active in the school’s Student Council, suggested students get involved in a club, sport or activity.
“It’s going to make your memories here more memorable,” she added.
“The opportunities are endless,” agreed Aimee Lonigro, the school’s assistant athletic director.
Research shows that the more involved students are in school, the better they do academically, she added.
“We look at high school as a four-year opportunity,” concluded Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Director Karen Murphy. “And you’re just getting started.”