Excitement filled the air as Obion County Central High School (OCCHS) hosted its annual Freshman Orientation for the future graduating class of 2027. An evening brimming with warmth, guidance, and opportunities, the event provided new students and their parents a chance to become acquainted with the school's culture, activities, and vital information. As students picked up their welcome packets and enjoyed a complimentary meal, the stage was set for an informative and engaging night ahead.
Heather Kendall, OCCHS Guidance Counselor, set the tone for the evening, welcoming the students and parents alike. Gathering the parents around their freshmen children, she emphasized the importance of unity, stating, "This is now one big support group." The moment assured the incoming freshmen and their families that they were not alone on this exciting journey into high school.
The event commenced with students and parents exploring various booths showcasing OCCHS's array of school activities, from sports teams to clubs. This allowed students to envision the diverse opportunities available to them outside of academics and encouraged them to be active participants in the school community.
Breaking into smaller groups, led by OCCHS Student Ambassadors, the freshmen attended several informational courses, each covering essential aspects of high school life.
- Dress Code/Cell Phone/Discipline Policies: High school Principal, Corey Essary, and Assistant Principal, Chris Lownsdale, led a course addressing the school's dress code, cell phone usage guidelines, and disciplinary policies. Clear expectations were set, ensuring a conducive learning environment for all students.
- Attendance Matters: Dr. Greg Barclay, Assistant Director of Schools for Obion County, stressed the significance of regular attendance in academic success. This session underscored the crucial link between attendance and achieving their fullest potential.
- Wake Up, It's High School: Jenna Walker, OCCHS Interventionist, led an engaging discussion about the importance of grades, personal responsibilities, and active involvement in school life. Students were inspired to embrace their potential as they embarked on this new phase of their education.
- All Things Communication: Melanie Mitchell, OCCHS Guidance Counselor, enlightened students about different channels of communication at the school, ensuring they stay informed and connected with the latest updates and announcements.
- After-School Information: Trayce Jowers, After-School Director, presented an exciting array of afterschool activities and programs, offering students opportunities to pursue their interests beyond the regular school hours.
- First Day Paperwork: Assisted by Anthony Miller, Automotive Teacher, and Heath Cunningham, Criminal Justice Teacher, parents and students received guidance on completing essential paperwork for a smooth start to the school year.
The evening concluded in OCCHS's gymnasium with door prizes and inspiring words that left everyone excited about the upcoming school year. Acknowledgments were extended to the generous churches providing a free meal, the Obion County Prevention Coalition, Melanie Henderson from Carey Counseling, various clubs, and the Obion County Sheriff's Department for their informative booths.
Obion County Central High School's Freshman Orientation 2027 proved to be an unforgettable event, leaving an indelible mark on the minds of both the students and their parents. Through informative sessions, engaging activities, and a warm atmosphere of support, the school community demonstrated its commitment to nurturing the potential of every incoming freshman. As the graduating class of 2027 embarks on their high school journey, they do so armed with knowledge, enthusiasm, and a strong sense of belonging to the OCCHS family.