Everyone remembers their first day of freshman year in high school: the fear, the adrenaline, and the confusion. Many freshmen have high expectations for high school, and it may not be surprising that their teachers also expect great achievements from them.
On the first day of freshman year, most students are on their best behavior. April Swarey, English teacher at Elkin High, said she expects students to be “very quiet and scared” on their first day. However, that does not usually last long.
Principal Joel Hoyle explained that freshmen are expected to follow the guidelines for acceptable behavior. “I expect students to follow codes of conduct and hall rules.” Happily, most freshmen tend to do just that.
After getting used to being a freshman, some may start to relax in observing the rules. Beth Felts, a Career and Technical Education teacher, explained, “Students begin to act out after the first week.” This may be because freshmen begin to get comfortable in their new social environment.
Academic expectations are also high for freshmen. Swarey said, “I hope they will try their best to succeed.”
However, the staff also acknowledged that the first year can be challenging. Hoyle explained, “I would desire and hope that they do not get overwhelmed.”
Most freshmen at Elkin High School do well the first year and go on to graduate three short years later. The freshman experience can be tough, but it is blissfully short.
Michele Hernandez, Aaliyah Ganzzermiller, Gentry Colbert and Jadon Sweatt are members of the Elkin High School Honors English I class.