NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - West Essex Middle School held an orientation program for rising seventh-graders on Aug. 28.

The orientation session, held at the Middle School building on Greenbrook Road in North Caldwell served as an opportunity for seventh graders to familiarize themselves with their new surroundings. West Essex serves students from North Caldwell, Fairfield, Roseland and Essex Fells (each town has individual elementary schools).

"We were thrilled to have our incoming seventh grade students with us, and I believe the Orientation served to quell the nerves that the students naturally have in coming to school," said Middle School Principal Vee Popat in a press release from the district. "The students enjoyed spending time at their lockers, learning the routine of their daily schedule, and shopping at our school store. It was most certainly time well spent!"

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"It relieves a lot of anxiety for them before the first day of school," parent Trish Sedicino said.

"It helps you get more organized," said Fairfield seventh grader Billy Travisano.