Frosh get a fresh taste of high school |

Frosh get a fresh taste of high school

A mix of 500 awkward and overly confident teenagers dressed in various themed costumes toured Nevada Union High School’s campus Friday during freshman orientation.

Bear River High School students will go through their orientation on Aug. 11. School begins Aug. 13 for both schools.

Freshmen enrollment is down at Nevada Union High School, from 650 last year to 620 estimated to attend this year.

At Bear River High School, enrollment has increased with 315 students expected to begin the school year. Last year’s freshman class ended with 283 students.

“It’s been pretty stable. Projections are over time, we’re going to decline,” because enrollment at feeder elementary schools is down, said Bear River High School principal Jim Nieto.

Despite the projections based on limited family housing in the area and a depressed economy, Nieto believes his school’s reputation will continue to raise the enrollment level.

Students transferring from other districts, across county lines and from alternative schools seeking a less-populated learning environment has kept the school’s enrollment numbers stable, Nieto said.

While learning where the woodshop and automotive class was located, Nevada Union High School students shared excitement about playing sports and meeting new friends along with apprehension over a badly placed locker.

“The program is designed to raise the level of comfort from the transition to high school,” said Claudia Kinseth, activity director for the school.

Junior and senior students acted as link leaders during the event, Kinseth said.

“They talk about how to be successful in high school,” Kinseth said. Besides a 21⁄2 hour classroom team-building workshop and a tour of the school, students picked up schedules, lockers and books.

“I’m excited to be here finally after both my brothers came here,” said Bridget Dolan of Pleasant Valley School.

“I want to get a good locker,” said Mack Edwards, 14, of Seven Hills School. He said making lots of friends, having a good time and getting good grades are his goals for the next four years.

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