8th grade students attend high school orientation

MARQUETTE — Starting high school can be nerve-wracking for some 8th grade students, but local school districts are hoping to make the transition easier.

On Wednesday, Marquette Senior High School welcomed students from Bothwell Middle School, Father Marquette Catholic Academy, North Star Academy and home-schooled students and gave them a chance to see where they could be spending their next four years. Students toured the school, were introduced to organizations, activities and athletics and were given an overview of freshmen classes.

Assistant Principal Amanda Erspamer-Berry said that the hope is to prepare the students for high school and their future after high school as early as possible.

“This is the time of year where they sign up for classes for 9th grade, so we want them to see electives that they can take or start making a plan in their heads of what their next four years might look like,” said Erspamer-Berry. “A lot of them don’t have that full plan in their head, but we really hope to at least start that in their 8th grade year.”

There was also be a parent session Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in the MSHS Little Theater.