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Freshmen register for high school

Approximately 450 freshman attended an orientation session which was offered for incoming Fallbrook High School students.

One session was held on August 19 and the other orientation was held August 20. “We had a good turnout,” said Associated Student Body advisor Josh Way. “That’s what I was hoping for.”

The orientation session was optional. “That’s a good turnout to get kids to come out for three hours in their Summer,” Way said.

The overall theme of the orientation was “Welcome; We’re Excited That You’re Here.” The theme for the assembly that was part of the orientation was “There’s a Place for Every Student Here at Fallbrook High School.”

That place for every student may be in extracurricular activities as well as in various classrooms. “The goal for them is to find out,” Way said. “We’re excited that they’re here, and we want to see them be successful.”

The assembly was followed by small group breakout sessions. Approximately 70 juniors and seniors are serving as Link Crew leaders for the 2010-11 school year, and Link Crew leaders led groups of eight to 10 freshman in a 1 1/2-hour session during which the freshmen focused on becoming acquainted with each other and with the Link Crew members who will be mentors for the entire school year.

A campus tour followed the breakout sessions.

“It’s a really good opportunity for them to really start school on the right foot,” Way said.

The Link Crew members will also help the freshmen find their classrooms when school opens August 30. The campus tour allowed incoming freshmen to become familiar with various school landmarks. While the orientation sessions followed lunch, which was provided for the students, registration took place those mornings. The students also received lockers and textbooks at the orientation. “That’s kind of nice to be able to do that today,” Way said.

As of August 20, 672 freshmen were enrolled at Fallbrook High School. “That number’s pretty down from last year,” said Vice Principal Adam Dawson.

The number is down considerably from approximately 800 freshmen in 2009-10, but the number of eighth-graders at Potter Junior High School, Sullivan Middle School, and Vallecitos School in 2009-10 had dropped by a corresponding amount from the previous year. “We were expecting declining enrollment,” Dawson said.

“It’s one of the best orientations we’ve had,” Way said. “I’m excited for the class of 2014.”

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