On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Leigh high school held its first “8th Grade Shadow Day.” Leigh welcomed about 500 students from the class of 2021 from Ida Price, Dartmouth, Union and various private middle schools to tour their possible future high school, Leigh.
From 9:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., the middle schoolers toured preselected potential elective courses they may take during their next four years at Leigh, tailored to their personal interests and curiosities. And in our very own Eleight introduction, student’s played an interview game; in drama classes, eighth graders engaged in acting and dancing practice. Leigh link crew leaders were responsible for guiding the middle schoolers throughout Leigh.
Lauren Munson, senior, said, “I think it was good for them just to see the electives we have to offer, because they all know high school has math, science, and english. We got to show them how cool we are, and introduce them to the idea of a big campus, and they were able to ask high schooler’s personally about high school. Hopefully we’ll continue to hold shadow days and it can improve over the years.”
During their tour, they were also introduced to Leigh’s World Language department, offering courses in Spanish, French, and Mandarin. Along with a complimentary cheese and pepperoni pizza lunch, these soon-to-be-freshmen were given the opportunity to interact with Link Crew Leaders, students, administration, and teachers representing the Longhorns.
Junior Annie Bui, link crew leader said, “I thought it was a really great activity for the 8th graders to get an understanding of what the next four years of their lives will be like. It felt good to be a part of something influential.”
“The day would not have been possible without our Link Leader and student volunteers who led groups of 25-30 students around campus and in and out of various elective classes. We do plan to hold a similar event next year, and have already started reflecting on what went well and what small changes we could make in order for it to be even more successful,” said Mrs. Adams, coordinator and activities director.
On Thursday, Nov. 17th, both parents and students visited Leigh’s open house night. Beginning with a Q&A panel in the gym at 6:30 p.m., future Longhorns clarified possible questions and concerns with their high school experience with a student panel. Additionally, the extensive elective department tour was continued, giving an inside look into courses that students may look forward to during their high school experience. Current Leigh parents also generously volunteered their time to participate in a Meet and Greet, allowing guests to engage and interact with the greater Leigh community–a prospective home for the upcoming freshmen.