WHAT: Whittier High School will welcome new students for its Freshman First Day program, which includes meeting new classmates and taking part in fun activities, including a “Clap Your Hands” group dance during lunch time. As part of the orientation program, students will get a preview tour of their classrooms, meet with Link Crew student mentors, called Senators, and be the first to see the remodeling activities taking place to transform the library into a 21st century learning center.

WHEN: 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11

  • Freshman arrival (7:45 to 7:55 a.m.)
  • Opening ceremony and Team-building activities with Senators (8 to 11 a.m.)
  • BBQ Lunch in the Horseshoe (11 to 11:25 a.m.)
  • Freshmen class visits (11:30 to 1:15 a.m.)

WHERE: Whittier High School, 12417 Philadelphia St., Whittier, CA 90601

DETAILS: Whittier High school will welcome its incoming ninth-graders with an opening pep rally with more than 250 students – including Senators, Associated Student Body students, and band and pep team members – who will demonstrate the Cardinal spirit. After participating in team-building exercises with Senator student leaders, freshmen will get the opportunity to visit classrooms and tour the school. Following a Cardinal lunch with staff, ASB and Senators, freshmen will follow their class schedules and finish the day with a Front Lawn Rally and dismissal. The Freshman First Day program takes place annually at each Whittier Union High School District campus in order to help smooth students’ transition from middle to high school. The first day of school for the remaining students is Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Coverage of this event is welcome and greatly appreciated.