MONTVILLE, NJ - The freshman orientation for the incoming class of the 2018-2019 school year took place on Tuesday, Aug. 28. It was led by the members of the Peers as Leaders organization, known as PAL, of the Montville Township High School. These rising juniors and seniors took the 246 new freshmen on a tour of the school and gave them some insight of the next four years of their academic careers.

The students gathered in the auditorium where they were first met by Principal Doug Sanford, who gave an introductory speech to the freshmen. He gave an overview of the every day schedule and routine at Montville Township High School as well as introduced the staff members and the head of departments. He also provided some advice to the students on how to get the most out of their high school experience and encouraged them to become involved in both their school and community.

“You all have a clean slate here, remember you only have one chance to make a first impression,” Sanford said. “High school is an opportunity to try out something different every day.”

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Shortly after, students were grouped into their homerooms and taken on a tour of the school by the PAL members.

“During orientation, PAL members helped freshmen and new students learn how to better transition into Montville Township High School,” rising senior and PAL member Sydney Sirot said. ”We took the new students on a tour of the school as well as answered all of their questions based on our experience.”

The PAL leaders also took the students to their new lockers, where they were met with jolly ranchers as a welcoming gift, and they practiced putting in their new combinations. After becoming familiar with their surroundings and asking the PAL leaders questions about their own experiences, the groups were led to the cafeteria to enjoy an ice cream social.

When asked their thoughts on the orientation as a whole, incoming freshman Fia Natanov said, “It was really helpful and a good experience.”

“The orientation is a great opportunity for freshmen to meet with administrators and PAL leaders, to see homerooms and get acclimated to the building,” PAL advisor Alyssa Marotta said. “The ice cream social is also a fun way for the kids to talk and share their schedules. Overall it was a great success.”

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