Incoming sixth-graders mingled with friends and teachers while enjoying burgers and hot dogs at the district’s welcome-back-to-school barbecue on August 21 at the high school. The annual event, said Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Bossert, gives students a wonderful introduction to the Port Jefferson School District family.
Middle School Principal Antonio Santana presented each of the 100 students with a Hawaiian lei as they arrived. Dinner was prepared by parent volunteers.
“The barbecue provides students with an opportunity to not only get socially acclimated, but also meet some of their new teachers and find their lockers,” said Mr. Santana.
Finding their new lockers was a highlight for many at the barbecue.
“I’m looking forward to getting my locker,” said Brooke Zamek. Fellow incoming sixth-grader Sarah Mushe agreed, adding that she is looking forward to the freedom middle school offers. “We won’t have to walk in lines anymore and we get to change classes,” she said.
Of the barbecue, student Ameen Khan said, “It’s really nice to see all my friends after a long time.”