Back-to-School video 2019
New Beginnings: Video compilations help ease transitions to new schools
The excitement of going back to school can be overshadowed by the anxiety some students may have about starting at a new school. Students may wonder how they will adjust to a new routine, new surroundings and new teachers. This anxiety may be experienced by incoming sixth-graders at Port Chester Middle School and freshmen at Port Chester High School, as both groups are undergoing a major change in their educational experience
The district has developed a unique way to help students and their families feel more comfortable with these changes. Two videos have been created for students to watch before the opening day of school.
One video, called “The Next Four Years,” is geared toward incoming freshmen at PCHS. “New Beginnings” focuses on sixth-graders who will enter PCMS. Both videos feature students sharing their thoughts about what to expect. They discuss common questions students may have, such as finding their way around the building or the number of credits needed to graduate.
“These videos help students and their parents feel more comfortable,” Bill Lauer, who directed and edited the videos for PCSTV said.
Those watching the high school video may recognize Class of 2019 graduates Maria Fernandez, Ryan Heffernan and Eli Taylor-Lemire. In the video, Maria said she remembers having so many questions as an eighth-grader about what PCHS would be like.
In “New Beginnings,” PCMS students Lennon, who is going into eighth grade, and John, who will be in seventh grade, share information about meeting kids from other elementary schools, how to use a locker, and they discuss the concept of having different teachers for each subject area. They also share details on the different academies at the school.
“I know this all seems scary — and new experiences are frightening at first — but we hope this program will help you discover that the middle school is a great place,” John states in the video.
Using upbeat music and a light-hearted attitude, the videos cover topics common to both schools such as how to find classrooms, what teacher expectations are, non-academic activities and the all-important food offerings in the cafeteria.
“This is informational,” Mr. Lauer said. “It will ease a lot of tension with the kids.”
Click here to view the videos https://ensemble.lhric.org/app/Portal/video.aspx?PortalID=c264d341-3cbb-4a18-8c13-071310b478a9&DestinationID=4967bafc-5f6a-471c-a4e3-924c936b8a1e&IsLivePreview=False&ContentID=2q7dvcGxU0Kf9Pwy3X41Cw