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Blessed Trinity Welcomes Students

As the 850 students walked through the doors for the official first day of school on Thursday, August 11, some were excited to see friends and teachers while others begrudgingly said good-bye to their summer routines.

 

In a successful attempt to help those new to the school become better acquainted with the building and procedures, an Orientation Day was held on Wednesday, August 10, for the 217 incoming freshmen and 38 new upperclassmen. During a Welcome Assembly, Principal Frank Moore introduced some faculty and staff members and asked the newest Titans some school trivia.

 

The new students were placed in small groups led by the school’s Orientation Leaders. The groups rotated from the theater, where they learned more about Campus Ministry and the spirit club Titan Thunder, to the Media Center for yearbook photos, and then to a scavenger hunt.

 

The students then attended each of their Green Day classes for ten minutes. Students, faculty and staff, and Orientation Leaders all enjoyed lunch on the school’s front lawn which was catered by The Varsity. After lunch, students attended abbreviated Gold Day classes.

 

The day was concluded with Mass in the theater where each student was presented with a Trinitarian Crucifix which matches the large crucifix in the gym created last year by two BT art students.

 

Junior Frank Crisafi, an Orientation Leader, said his group had a terrific experience during the day and that many new Titans were more relaxed about starting school. “I hope that the school continues this next year. It really helped all the freshmen and new students.”

 

According to Chere Stadler, guidance counselor and Orientation Leaders moderator, the day was a huge success. “I spoke with many students when they were leaving the gymnasium and then again when they were entering the theater at the end of the day. They all commented how great the day was and how much fun and helpful the activities and Orientation Leaders were.”

 

“I received several compliments from students and parents on the organization, effectiveness, and usefulness of the day,” said Kevin Kiefer, an assistant principal and the director of student activities. “I am especially thankful to those staff members who helped with the scavenger hunt; they went above and beyond the call of duty and took time to visit with the students about their role at BT and give them additional information.”