FHS freshmen and new student orientation

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Photo By Donna O'Connor | Robertson County NewsStudent Council quizzes students about the clubs and organizations available to join at FHS.

Franklin High School principal, Mr. Tim Luza, welcomed the freshmen and new students to Franklin High School. In his welcome speech, he explained that Franklin High School had achieved 6 out of 6 distinctions on test scores and while FHS is more than just test scores, he told them they would need to come in ready to work hard and strive to do better every day. Principal Luza also encouraged students to be involved, find something that you enjoy. Don’t do the minimum; join a club, organization or team. He told students to read their handbook prior to attending and to be familiar with the rules. The bell schedule starts at 7:50 a.m. and at 7:55 a.m. you will be considered tardy. If you arrive early, you are to wait in the cafeteria until the bell rings to go to class. On the fourth tardy you will be sent to detention. If you have no tardies and 2 or less absences you may be exempt from the final of the class.

Assistant Principal, Russell White, went over the following reminders of the rules for students and parents. You need to call in prior to 9:00 a.m. to report an absence. Each classroom takes its own attendance. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you are considered absent and a note from home does not excuse an absence, except for a funeral or a religious holiday. Students are not allowed to wear caps in the building, including the gym. No spaghetti straps for young ladies or sleeveless shirts for young men are allowed. No tobacco, alcohol, drug, or firearm advertising is allowed on clothing. No inappropriate wrist bands, no piercings for young men at all and for young ladies, only in the ears. Bandaids covering piercings is not allowed.

Counselor, Mrs. Jerri Hughes, told students to work hard from the beginning. Do not wait until the last 2 years to succeed. You must make every grade count. The ones who get scholarships work hard and are involved in extracurricular activities. Students need to start right now keeping track of the hours per week, every week, for every activity. She told students if anyone felt they needed a schedule change they should come sign up on the list and she would check to see if the change was possible and if necessary she would call them in to discuss it. Mr. Luza also indicated that Mrs. Hughes is a great resource to help guide you through high school, not only with high school courses but with any problems you might be having.

Mr.Luza concluded his presentation asking the students to thank their parents and their community for paying taxes so they could have such a great place to go to school. He also thanked the parents for sending the best kids in Texas to Franklin High School.

The Franklin Student Council gave clues about the clubs to join and asked questions of the students. Student council gave prizes for the right answers. Student council members then gave the students a tour of the campus. School starts on Monday, August 25, please watch out for students as they are on their way to school. Please obey the school zone speed limits and ban on cell phone use in those zones to help keep our students safe.

Donna O'Connor | Robertson County News

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