La Serna High welcomes freshmen with special orientation – Whittier Daily News

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  • Aug 17, 2022

La Serna High welcomes freshmen with special orientation – Whittier Daily News

It was the first day of school — sort of — at La Serna High, and it looked like a bevy of celebrities were welcomed to campus on Tuesday, August 16.

But really, the celebrities at La Serna were the incoming class of 670.

They were greeted by 100 returning students, who split into two lines — gauntlet style — allowing the Class of 2026 to walk in between, cheered on by chants like “Let’s go students first.” Normal schools for all students will start on Wednesday.

“Freshman Day is an opportunity for us as a school to welcome our first-year students, to encourage them to become part of our La Serna culture,” said Griselda Castro, who is in her third year as La Serna’s principal. participate and accept them.

“We want them to meet their teachers and not feel like they’re completely lost on the first day,” Castro said. “It gives them a good introduction to our school.”

Upon entering the gym, many returning students, including the cheerleading squad, ASB and Link crew, held cheerleading, team building and other activities for the freshmen. After lunch – they had pizza, the first year students met all their teachers in the afternoon.

Similar ceremonies were held in Laserna at four other schools in the Whittier Union High School District.

The first freshman day has been organized by the district since 2004.

Several people said in the interviews that the reception of the first-year students was appreciated.

“It was exciting and made the experience fun for us,” Juliana Franco said. I was really excited to get into school spirit. I know La Serna has a lot of that.”

Many students say they are nervous but excited.

“I guess it’s a whole bunch of emotions,” Tyler Duenas said. It’s my first day of school and I don’t know what’s going to happen.

Flynn Garner, who came with his twin brother Zane, had similar feelings.

“I’m a little nervous because when you go to high school there’s nothing after that. You can go to college. I’ve got four years, but time can go by so fast.

Some were in no rush to start school, like Anthony Reynoso, who said he was upset he couldn’t sleep until 10 a.m. anymore.

With new state rules starting middle schools at 8:30 a.m., students will get an extra half hour in the morning.

Alihasa Uribe said he will miss his summer vacation.

“I got to spend a lot of time with my mom,” Uribe said.

But others are looking forward to the start of school.

“It should be fun,” Jane Hernandez said. “Meet new people, new teachers and more fun people at school.”

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