Grade 8 stu­dents get their eyes opened at DDSS

The Delhi News-Record - - FRONT PAGE - JA­COB ROBIN­SON

Go­ing to high school is about much more than classes and home­work.

That was one of the mes­sages passed along to a few dozen stu­dents as part of Grade 8 Day at Delhi Dis­trict Se­condary School on Nov. 28.

In look­ing to re­cruit from area el­e­men­tary schools like St. Frances, Delhi Pub­lic, Court­land, and Teeter­ville, the staff and se­nior stu­dents pulled out all the stops.

The young­sters were treated to a spirit as­sem­bly, tours and demon­stra­tions as well as an ob­sta­cle course com­pe­ti­tion.

“We need bod­ies in the school to keep pro­grams and ev­ery­thing run­ning, so it’s a re­ally im­por­tant day to pro­mote what DDSS is all about,” said DDSS teacher Jodi Snow­den.

“A big thing is our spirit – we have a lot of spirit here at the school and we feel like a fam­ily so when they first come in we have a big spirit as­sem­bly for them and we also want to high­light the aca­demics and the choices we have here as well.”

Snow­den is the leader of the school’s ‘Link Crew’ – an as­sort­ment of staff and se­nior stu­dents who are tasked with help­ing not only the Grade 8 stu­dents find their way around but also men­tor Grade 9s as they ad­just to life in high school.

Grade 8 Day isn’t sim­ply a hit with the new­com­ers but the veteran stu­dents as well.

“When we have this day come up, the se­nior stu­dents are very ex­cited to be a part of it – they al­most fight to be a part of this day be­cause, to them, it’s show­ing off what our school is about,” said Snow­den. “(They’re) show­ing that spirit and that fam­ily at­mos­phere and they’re very hon­oured to be a part of it.”

Count Meg Sher­man as part of that group. Now in Grade 12, Sher­man has been part of the crew for two years.

“Hon­estly, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done,” said Sher­man, whose older broth­ers Evyn and Ben are also for­mer and cur­rent Linked Crew mem­bers. “Ev­ery school has its ups and downs but this school is amaz­ing, it’s so fam­ily ori­ented and to show them how fam­ily ori­ented it is when they’re not even in the school is very wel­com­ing. It made me feel wel­come when I was in Grade 8 and I know it makes them feel wel­come.”

“You want to show them that you can get in­volved and have a great time.”

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