Prior to the official opening of the 2012-13 school year, middle and high school students in the Levittown Public School District attended orientations and open houses to prepare for their first day.
At Jonas Salk Middle School, junior leaders greeted the sixth-grade students, who attended a mandatory assembly with Principal John Zampaglione. After the school’s staff discussed rules and regulations, the sixth-graders participated in a contest to see who could open their lockers the fastest. They were also given a tour of the school based on a mock schedule and received a gift bag.
Meanwhile, at Wisdom Lane Middle School, incoming sixth-graders watched a PowerPoint presentation that outlined important information about the school. They also received a building tour and picked up their school supplies.
Wisdom Lane Principal John Avena told the students, “Work hard, be responsible and be respectful and you will have three wonderful middle school years. Most importantly, you must learn how to advocate for yourself.”
Incoming ninth-grade students at Division Avenue and MacArthur high schools were welcomed by Principals Dr. Francesco Ianni and Kathleen Valentino during assemblies that briefed the students on the schools’ rules and codes of conduct, introduced the schools’ guidance counselors and administrators, and gave an overview of expectations.
Principals Ianni and Valentino also encouraged the students to become involved in school activities and sports, come to school prepared to work and start to take control of their academic achievements.
“Find your own niche,” Dr. Ianni told the ninth-graders. “There is something for everybody. We want to make this school a home and a family.”