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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Fox Creek High School is trying to take the fear out of being a freshman.
During the freshman orientation on July 29, faculty, staff and students helped welcome to prospective students and tried to ease the concerns of the students and parents.
“The turnout was much bigger than I thought it would be,” said Josh Trahan, principal of Fox Creek High School. “We’ve got a lot of families that are deciding that they’re going to come here, some of them decided as early as March. The fact that we had 70 to 80 children, not counting parents, was very encouraging of what this freshman class will include.”
Speaking to the rising freshmen were Trahan, assistant principals Andre Baskett and Ian Bramhall, band director Chris Martinez and a group of student leaders.
Bramhall, the tour guide for many of the upcoming freshmen, said orientation helps prepare the families as much as it does the students.
“It’s pretty helpful for the students and parents who haven’t had a kid in high school,” he said. “They don’t know to normal routine, and we take for granted that people know what to do when they show up here. Taking the time to explain how lunch or dropping off kids or what supplies they need helps comfort a lot of people and gives them a decent idea as to what that first week will look like.”
Bailey Davidson, a rising senior and teacher cadet, spoke about what to expect on the first day of classes.
“You’re going to be late – it’s going to happen,” she said. “You’ll be nervous, too, but just let it happen. I remember my first day, I was so nervous that I came to school 30 minutes early. Once the bell rang there was a rush of people, and I was so overwhelmed. The next day it got better and even better from there. You’ll probably get trampled on the first day, but it will get better from there.”
The Fox Creek cheerleaders also had a representative in Chandler Thacker, who urged the new students to get involved during their time at Fox Creek.
“I cannot stress how important after-school activities are,” she said. “They keep you out of trouble, keep you away from all of the drama that’s happening around you and keeps you on track. I’m a cheerleader and even though I’ve only been here one year, it allows me to interact with my school and sets me aside from the people that want to put me down. It allows me to express myself through an activity I like to do. I’d like to encourage you to get involved here at Fox Creek.”
While going over how to select classes and explaining what is needed for graduation, Bramhall also spoke about the benefits of Fox Creek, including the Google Chrome Academy for select students.
“We’ve got two new computer labs. They’re new in the fact that they have all new equipment – new computers and TV’s,” he said. “We’ve done a lot of technology upgrades throughout the building. We’ve got some more tablets, ELMO projectors and two more mobile computer labs with Google Chrome laptops. Everyone should have plenty of access to computers.”
With the number of students coming into Fox Creek, there is a need for more space, which will be addressed later in the calendar year with an expansion. Fox Creek graduated around 80 students this past year and brought in 140 freshmen, a difference of 55 students.
“The expansion into the new building is about a $7 million expansion with the new gym and classrooms, a formal band room, art room and commons,” he said. “It would allow us to have more than adequate space for the students who are here and future growth. If the area continues to grow, we can accommodate that.”
For more information on Fox Creek High School, call 803-613-9435 or visit foxcreekhighschool.org.
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for The North Augusta Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.