Grade 8 students get their eyes opened at DDSS
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.”