EXETER — Students entering seventh grade in the Wyoming Area School District don’t have to worry about where to go, or how to get there, when school starts on Wednesday, Sept. 7 thanks to faculty, staff and fellow students.
Wyoming Area Secondary Center held orientation for incoming seventh graders Friday, Sept. 2. More than 100 students entering seventh grade met in the auditorium, where they heard from guidance counselor Robert Yatsko, athletic director Joe Pizano, band director Shea Riley and math department head Leo Lulewicz.
Lulewicz, who has been a teacher at the school for 38 years, had some advice for the Class of 2022.
“Do your best and be your best at all times,” he said to close out the first portion of the orientation. “Pretend your parents are always watching. You don’t want to see the administration on anything but a social manner. I’ve heard you’ve been a wonderful class so far.”
About 30 student council members gave tours of the school, which included stops in the cafeteria, near lockers and the gym. Many teachers were also present to answer any questions prior to the first day.
Incoming seventh-grader Brianna Braccini had the pleasure of being shown around the school by her sister, Victoria, a senior student council representative. The younger Braccini is looking forward to getting rides to school from her sister and getting the next chapter of her life started.
She said it will be an adjustment.
“I’m both excited and nervous,” Braccini said. “I think I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and stuff like that. It was nice to see where classrooms are.”
Senior Kara Moscatelli, another tour leader, said she remembers what it was like to be a seventh grader coming to the school. Her time at Wyoming Area flew by, she said.
“I was so overwhelmed,” Moscatelli said. “I still remember the older kids showing us around and I was so excited to start.”
If there was one piece of advice for the incoming seventh graders, Moscatelli wants to make sure they don’t take their time for granted.
“Make the most of it,” she said.
Yatsko believes one of the hardest transitions for students to make is to the secondary-style of education. Instead of staying in one class all day, the students will be moved to a new teacher for each class.
One of the reasons why Wyoming Area uses student council to show the seventh graders around is to try and get the younger kids to connect with some of the older ones. He wants to see the seventh graders become what the seniors are today.
“To see these kids as young leaders and to be role models is such an important thing,” he said. “That’s what we want from our seventh graders.”
Ask faculty if they think the students will obey the school’s new dress code and they’ll give you one answer. Ask the students, and they just might give you a different one.
Yatsko anticipates the students will comply, while Moscatelli has her doubts. The senior said the ruckus surround the dress code certainly hasn’t settled down just yet, although she’s happy the school has already made some changes to it.
“I think it’s something that will definitely pop up,” she said. “There might be a group of students in the gym (on the first day). I’m definitely supporting my peers and I’m not for the dress code 100 percent.”
Yatsko said students will meet with the school principals on Wednesday to discuss the dress code and help the students understand what is allowed and what is not allowed.
“I anticipate them to comply,” he said. “If you look at it compared to other schools it’s really not as strict.”
One way in, out
Beginning Monday, Sept. 5, streets near the Wyoming Area Secondary Center will be changed to one-way streets, according to a release sent out by the borough. The change comes to “improve surrounding school traffic flow.”
Memorial Street, which runs directly in front of the Secondary Center’s main entrance, will be one way to the north, traveling from Lincoln Street to Erie Street. Penn Avenue, in front of JFK Elementary, will be one way to the east, traveling from Memorial Street to Susquehanna Avenue.
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