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New Students at WPBHS

October 11, 2018

WPBHS New Students are featured

By Jasmine Stinson

The number of students at West Point-Beemer high school continues to grow. With 22 new students in grades 9-12, the school now has 281 students, 9-12. The new students come from a variety of places including Mexico, Delaware, and South Dakota.

Being a new student can be exciting, yet terrifying at the same time. Having to make new friends, learn where everything is, and adapt to the new environment are all struggles a new student faces.     

 Transitioning from a larger school to a smaller school can be an even bigger challenge. Smaller classes are a major difference kids see when they come to WPBHS from larger schools. The average class size at WP-B is around 60, while larger schools like Lincoln or Columbus can have up to 500. With thousands of kids roaming the halls, it would be impossible to interact with everyone. “The smaller class sizes are nice,” says new student Tessa Wallace who came from Columbus.

The smaller classes lead to more one-on-one time with the teachers. The new students can get quality time with teachers which results in student success. At WPBHS, the student-to-teacher ratio is 17:1.

Making new friends is something every teenager struggles with, but especially new students. Feeling isolated from peers is an awful feeling. When coming to WPBHS another student usually shows the new student where everything is and how to get to their classes. “All the people here are nice, but getting to know everyone can be hard” says Wallace. “The school does a good job taking care of new students.”  A welcoming smile can make all of the difference for any student.

Rules vary from school to school, so learning them can be difficult. “The Cadet Code” is the foundation of rules. Not only is “The Cadet Code” hard to learn, the students also have to adapt to the school’s academic success process. “Learning all of the new rules is pretty hard,” says Wallace.

New students need time to adapt to the changes around them. “Stick to people who are in your classes or who help you,” is advice Wallace gives to anyone is a new student.

With the growing population at WPBHS, make sure to give all new students a warm smile and welcome them to our hallways.

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