Students were welcomed back to the world of reading, writing, and arithmetic during Scotland High School’s open house on Tuesday afternoon, although classes will not begin until next week.
“I cannot wait for school to start,” said sophomore Angelica Haber. “Everybody who asks me is like yeah, you’re weird, but I like school; I like to learn new things.”
Students of all grade levels received their fall class schedules and took the opportunity to become acquainted with their new teachers. Incoming freshmen got their first tour of the school as students, with older students on hand to show them to their classrooms.
School begins on Monday.
“They will pick up their schedule and we’re giving them a map of the school,” said Scotland High School Principal Beth Ammons. “We have some guides and we’re helping kids find their classes today, which is going to be really important for the first day of school.”
Members of the Scotland High School cheerleading squad, student advisory council, and JROTC escorted new students to their classes to prepare them for the first day of school.
“I’m helping other students find out where they’re supposed to go and telling them things that I would have wanted to know if I were a freshman here or things that I should have known,” said sophomore Ahmed Monley. “I’m really trying to get them excited about the new year.”
For freshmen, the move to a new and larger school brings both excitement and trepidation.
“I’m kind of excited to get to meet new people, but I’m nervous to see how the school year goes, to see which crowd I fit in with,” said Aaron Locklear, who will begin classes on Monday as a freshman.
The first-year students will not be the only ones new to Scotland High School this term, as 44 of the school’s teachers are just starting out as well.
“We’re excited to bring those teachers on board with fresh ideas; a lot of them are fresh out of college and they’re fired up about teaching, so we’re here to make sure we keep the spark alive,” Ammons said. “We’re excited, we’re ready to go - it’s going to be an awesome year, it really is.”
While some of the new teachers are freshly-graduated education majors, others are making a transition into education from the professional world.
“This is my first year teaching, but I have 20 years in the drafting field,” said Sabrina Fox, who will be teaching drafting this year. “They gave me a call and I decided to come teach.”
Most recently, Fox worked with JF Wampler Engineering in Laurinburg, and hopes to expose her students to the myriad options open to those in the drafting profession.
“What I’m trying to show them is that, though our program is really focused on architecture, there are drafters in civil engineering, architecture, and mechanical engineering, as well as surveying,” Fox said. “There are a lot of fields open to them.”
Whether thrilled to embark upon another year of learning or thinking wistfully of summer adventures, students hold high hopes for the semester to come.
“I just hope it’ll be a better year as far as getting along - less fighting and stuff, less rules,” said junior Alyssa Harrington. “All we did last year was argue with the rules, so I hope it gets better.”
“I’m very excited to come back to school, to see all of my friends, and learn new stuff this year,” added Deshawn Grant, a sophomore. “I was looking forward to having classes with people from last year, but so far I’ve got no one at all, so it’s a whole new group to learn about.”