The Falcon bird flies at a high speed and changes direction quickly. Tompkins High School Falcon students did just that as they entered the new school building and tried to find their lockers and classes quickly.
Tompkins High School opened on Monday, August 26, 2013 with approximately 865 students. The 2013-2014 school year will have just 9th and 10th grade students in this inaugural year. The first graduating class at Tompkins High School will be the current 10th grade students and they will graduate in 2016.
The friendly, welcoming culture of this new school was clear even before the school opened. Students and parents willingly volunteered their time to help with opening day packets, textbooks, and more. Administrative staff and teachers were very kind and appreciative of the volunteers, offering them breakfast and thanking them in person and again via e-mail.
Teachers and staff want to make sure all of the students have a sense of pride and belonging at their new school. During the orientation one week before the school opened, teachers personally introduced new students to each other, so that they would already have friends on the first day of school. There were numerous clubs to sign up for at orientation, so that every student would feel like they belong.
Opening day at a new school can be intimidating, but when students know that kind, welcoming students and staff are there to greet them, the transition is so much easier. They can look forward to building many wonderful memories. Students, parents, teachers, and staff may return to visit many years from now and be able to say that they were there on opening day!