Northwest NEWS

September 6, 1999

Valley Special

Cedarcrest High School takes a new tack on ninth grade orientation

   In keeping with the trend for schools to involve students more fully in the transition from one school to the next, Cedarcrest High School this year implemented a new format for introducing incoming ninth grade students to the high school.

   Two hundred and ten new ninth grade students joined Cedarcrest staff and students helpers for a great day: Louis Bermond, motivational speaker and NCAA basketball player, as keynote speaker, urged students to "pack their bags carefully for the four-year trip ahead of them," emphasizing good academic and personal planning.

   The day consisted of a tour of the school, presentations by the sports/athletics department, activities director, the principal, and the new interim superintendent, Mr. Dick Giger. A barbecue for all students ended the day.

   Typical student comments about the day included: "it was nice of the other students to show us the school," "it was fun," "helped us know the school better," and "it was pretty cool." All of the school staff felt that this was a tremendous beginning to the school year and a format that will be used for all incoming ninth grade students in the future.

   This program was made available by the participation of the King County Organizing Program which provided the financial assistance for the food for the event.