As members of the freshman Class of 2025 arrived at Islip High School for orientation on Aug. 26, there were cheers as each of the students walked across the threshold. Dressed in Islip purple, the Buccaneer University Mentors welcomed students and parents as they made their way to the auditorium, the first step toward their high school careers.
The program commenced with the singing of the national anthem by senior Isabella Green. Assistant Principal Lisa Ward then welcomed the students and introduced the administration and key faculty.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dennis O’Hara told the students that he feels blessed to be working in the Islip School District. He also mentioned that a growth mindset is very important, as well as incorporating the word “yet” while trying to obtain goals. “Keep thinking about your best effort,” Dr. O’Hara said.
Principal Jon LaRochester told the students this is an important year for the school, its 100th anniversary, so the Class of 2025 is an important class. “This is a new journey, a new beginning,” Mr. LaRochester said. “There will be a lot of obstacles to navigate, but we will do it together.”
The students then separated into groups led by the Buccaneer University Mentors, where they received a tour of the high school and were briefed on topics including various technology, participation in clubs and sports, the student portal and how to follow on social media. At the end of the program, the freshmen were invited to a delicious barbeque in the courtyard.