November 2016 eNewsletter: Frosh Support Program


By Leticia Oseguera

Navigating freshman year can be stressful, which is why OLP has implemented a variety of programs to help support the Class of 2020. Here is a summary of the support services the frosh have participated in so far this school year.

First, Link Crew, a student-led group that dedicates its time and efforts to mentoring the freshman class, has hosted two academic workshops and a social event for the frosh. The first academic workshop focused on time management skills. During this workshop, students were asked to set three personal goals. Then they were asked to think about everything they did over the last 24 hours and analyze whether those actions contributed or competed against their goals. They were then given strategies to better manage their time and prioritize their activities. The second Link Crew seminar was called “the question of honor”. Here the Link Leaders engaged the frosh in activities and discussions related to lying, cheating and academic and personal integrity. They tackled questions related to living an honorable life in and out of school. As October came to an end, Link Crew Leaders hosted a Halloween Carnival exclusively for the frosh class that included cookie decorating, sack races, balloon pop, face painting, cake walk, water balloon toss, root beer floats, a piñata and photo booths. Link Crew is lead by Ms. DeVore, Mrs. Hanley and Mrs. Oseguera.

In addition, Ms. Devore, our friendly librarian, has been busy meeting with every frosh homeroom to introduce them to the library services and lead them in a library research workshop. During their library research workshop, frosh learn about the specific criteria for determining whether or not a website is a suitable source for academic research. They also partake in an activity where they are assigned a specific website and must apply the criteria to ultimately determine its level of credibility. At the end of the session, students share aloud their conclusions about their website.

Finally, English teachers Ms. Rodriguez and Mrs. Antolin lead the frosh in a study skills seminar focused on note-taking skills. Ms. Rodriguez and Mrs. Antolin showed the frosh how to take notes effectively, annotate and discern the main ideas of a text in both print and digital formats. During the note-taking seminar, students were introduced to different note-taking platforms (digital and handwritten) as well as effective note-taking skills, methods, and strategies that work to set students up for a more successful learning experience.

We will continue to support the frosh throughout the school year and wish them a successful first year as a Pilot!