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Lathrop High gets ready for its second year

Johnny Mendez grabs his Student ID card as he wraps up his orientation tasks.


POSTED August 6, 2009 1:36 a.m.
LATHROP – Holding her position in the foyer outside of Lathrop High School, first-year Leadership student Stefania Loreno was eager to hand out information to the hordes of incoming freshman students that were showing up for their first official day on campus.

It had been three years since Loreno first stepped foot onto the Sierra High School campus to get her freshman schedule – something she said was more than intimidating with all of the older students she’d soon find herself inundated with.

But having a chance to smooth the transition for some of the incoming students – which will take the school into its second full year and first with a junior class – is something that she was proud to be able to play a part of.

“That first year at Sierra when you came to school on your first day, there were seniors and you didn’t quite know what to expect even though you had already gone through Link Crew and your orientation,” Loreno said. “This is my first year in Leadership, and I’m glad that I’m able to play a part in making it easier for the students that are going to be a part of the Lathrop High community for the next four years.”

By 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the line of parents and incoming freshman extended all the way around the inside of the foyer as they waited to check in for the various stations they’d need to hit to get everything, from their Student ID cards to their class schedules.

An abundance of tables offering information about almost every on-campus activity offered were also available to show the incoming students the many choices they’d have for extracurricular activities – with a football booth sitting on one side of the room and a band booth attracting other students not far away.

For Angelio Tela, a lifelong Lathrop resident who spent all of his primary education years at Lathrop Elementary School, setting foot onto the new campus wasn’t as intimating as they thought since the majority of the students he’d already run across were people he had known for the majority of his life.

Getting to know new people and broadening his horizons, he said, were what he was really looking forward to doing as the school year, which begins on Monday, August 10, gets under way.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting new people and getting involved with some of the groups that are here on campus,” Tela said. “Right now I’m thinking about playing in the band – I already play the flute – but I want to look around and see all of what is offered here today.”

The upcoming school year will be the first time that Lathrop High students will be able to field varsity sports teams, thanks to the addition of juniors for the first time – something that will place them at a distinct disadvantage over other Valley Oak League schools that will have seniors on their rosters.

Work on the football field continued on Wednesday morning as the formation of the bleachers and the foundation of the lights began to take hold, with both of the projects expected to be completed before the team steps onto the field on Sept. 11 for their first ever varsity game.

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