NOT YOUR FATHER’S FRESHMAN ORIENTATION

Graves High Freshman O helps transition

Graves County High School has operated its Freshman Academy as a transition to high school for ten years. Five years ago, Matt Dobson was selected as the academy’s principal and the school initiated an enhanced Freshman Orientation to help students make the most important transition of their K-12 careers. The day-long event features a run-through of the school day, including using locker combinations, going through the lunch line, and changing classes. Then, the new ninth graders have the chance to win door prizes and enjoy the pool at the Oak Hills Swim Club, adjacent to campus. Here, from left, Dobson talks with Freshman Mentors Hannah Latta, Erika Kelley, and Lizzie Shaylor as well as freshmen Nerissa McKinney and Joey Marshall. National research indicates the ninth grade is key to students’ graduating. GCHS has added the freshman assistance over the years to provide support. The district also features school-within-a-school learning teams at the middle school and elementary schools with enrollments under 450. Some elementaries’ enrollments are far lower in numbers throughout the district.

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