West Hempstead Middle School hosted an orientation for sixth-graders on Aug. 29 to familiarize the students with their new school.
The annual program commenced with introductions and welcoming remarks from Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss, middle school Principal Dina Reilly and Assistant Principal Joseph Pumo.
In her welcoming address, Sullivan-Kriss recognized the sixth-graders’ concerns of entering a new school and offered sage advice as they continue their academic journey in the district.
“We’re excited to have you move on to middle school following your elementary years,” she said. “We’re here to help you learn, have fun and make West Hempstead Middle School the most respectable school possible.”
Reilly also imparted words of wisdom to the incoming class. “I wish you tremendous success, lots of laughter and good times as you study hard over these next three years,” she said. “Remember that you always represent West Hempstead Middle School, so be the best person you can be both inside and outside of school.”
During the presentation, the sixth-graders received their schedules and were given an overview of middle school expectations and challenges, as well as extracurricular opportunities that lie ahead.
The day concluded with a tour of the school building led by members of the National Junior Honor Society, an opportunity for the incoming students to practice their locker combinations, and a question/answer session with the school’s upperclassmen.