Freshmen Experience First Day of High School; Football Team Spends Day Helping at Elementary Schools

Whitewater High School welcomed the Class of 2025 on a “freshman only” first day of school on September 1, 2021. Students began the day in homeroom with their Lead Dogs, seniors who have been selected to work with the freshmen throughout the year as role models.

After an assembly, during which all freshmen walked across the stage and signed a banner as their commitment to graduate, students moved to the gym to participate in activities similar to the Almost Anything Goes races at Homecoming. Next, freshmen made their way through their class schedules, meeting with each of their teachers for a short period. Thank you to the Lead Dogs for continuing to provide direction in the hallways as the new students navigated the building for the first time.

Throughout the day, freshmen participated in a scavenger hunt which left them searching through plaques on the wall for pieces of information, talking with particular staff members, and playing rock/paper/scissors with Principal Mike Lovenberg to get his signature.

After lunch, freshmen were invited into an Activities Fair, where sophomores through seniors representing the various clubs, activities, and athletic teams had set up displays and were available to answer questions. All freshmen were encouraged to choose at least one activity to get involved with. The day then continued with Chromebook distribution and an opportunity for members of the Class of 2025 to “Make Their Mark” by leaving a colored handprint on the hallway wall.

Students wrapped up their first day of high school with a class meeting in the gym to discuss upcoming Homecoming activities and take their class photo in their new Whippet t-shirts.

Since 10th-12th graders did not have school, the Whippet Football Players spent their day at the middle and three elementary schools to help out with things like student drop off, getting kids to their classrooms, translating, helping teachers and custodians set up classrooms, and spending time hanging out with kids at lunch and recess as well as the afternoon pick up. The players all went to the school they are an alum from so it was fun for them to see their former teachers and hear about how much they have “grown up!” We are proud of our athletes for setting a good example for our younger kids and showing what it means to be a Whippet!

Article submitted by Laura Masbruch and Jason Bleck
Whitewater High School

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