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Students arrive for freshman and new student orientation

The halls of Washingtonville High School were alive with students for a few hours on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. New students and freshmen – and their families – were invited to orientation and gathered at the auditorium, where they learned about the pride, passion and purpose of Washingtonville High School and its students.

They learned what it’s like to be a freshman, the district’s Code of Conduct, the Dignity for All Students Act, Safe School Ambassadors, graduation requirements, the SchoolTool student portal and how to get involved in clubs, sports and activities at the high school.

“On June 25, 2026, you’re all going to graduate,” Assistant Principal Robert Shust told them in an inspirational freshman seminar speech. “That’s 1,394 days from now. You’ve got 1,394 days to change your life.”

He explained different examples of experiences students will have and possibly realize that special moment where their life gains direction. “Some of you will be in chemistry lab and you’re going to do something great. You’re going to learn something and be like, ‘Oh my gosh, I want to be a scientist. These are the realizations that are going to happen in your life in the next 1,394 days. Make the most of it. Be part of it.”

He explained that the students are embarking on a journey, but they are not alone and have support throughout the school. They have guidance counselors to help guide them in their careers, teachers to go to for academic questions and others offering all types of advice. “Take their advice, and make this the best experience that you can possibly have.”

Later, the students learned how to read their schedules and toured the building to find their classes.