[FROSH] Resource Board and Orientation

A message from the Frosh/Soph Dean, Chris Yin:

I hope you are thoroughly enjoying your summer and spending quality time with your family and friends, perhaps pursuing something you love. I am thrilled about this fantastic group of incoming students, and I look forward to embarking on this adventure together.

This Resource Board is dedicated to the Class of 2023, and it contains reminders about important dates and events, starting with Frosh Orientation, some summer work, the BYOD and Tech Skills Expectations, and a few words about fall schedules, which were available online on Mon, Jul 1. There’s lots of important information here; please read through carefully.

1. Frosh Welcome And Orientation, Aug 19-20

Mon–Tue, Aug 19–20 | 9am–3pm | LWHS campus

Your official introduction to the school begins here during these two full days, and the student leadership team is excited to welcome you. We will do some fun activities, meet in small groups, and get to know each other and the school culture and campus. Frosh Orientation is required for all incoming ninth graders. Students, please plan to arrive at LWHS by 9am. Lunch and snacks are provided on both days. If you have food allergies, please let me know by Aug 5 so we can discuss options.

2. Summer Assignments: Reading & Math Course

As with all LWHS students, incoming ninth graders have required summer reading and an assignment. You will be reading and annotating The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Reprint edition (April 17, 2018), ISBN-13: 978-1419718786. You will need to purchase a paper copy and complete your reading and assignment before the first day of classes. Details here.

There is also a short online math course (by Youcubed) that is required for all incoming ninth graders to complete before the start of classes. Please register here.

3. Fall Semester Class Schedules

Student schedules are available on the landing page of the school website—click on the tab “My Day” and scroll down to “Schedule.” If you would like to request changes to your schedule, Add/Drop is scheduled for Tue–Fri, Aug 27–30. The same priorities that were used for scheduling students last spring will be applied to the allocation of Add/Drop spots in classes. 

Please revisit the Student Schedule Instructions for the Grid of Classes, Academic Guidebook, recap of the scheduling process, and FAQs. Adds/drops can only be completed during the Add/Drop period (August 27–30) in order to make sure that the process is equitable and consistent for all students. 

If you suspect there is an error with your schedule, however, we may make corrections before the Add/Drop period. In that case, please contact Randy Barnett. Any questions should be directed to our Assistant Head of School, Randy Barnett, at rbarnett@lwhs.org. 

4. Pick Up Your Books And Class Materials

You will be picking up your books and materials at our LWHS bookstore in the few days before school begins. Details here.

There are specific classroom materials LWHS provides (a graphing calculator, textbooks, art supplies, etc). However, families should purchase any folders, notebooks, or binders on their own since every student has an individual way of organizing their work and study materials. The only consistent request from teachers is regarding some kind of 3-ring binder, so you will want at least two of those.

5. Things to Bring on the First Day of Classes

In addition to bringing your books and materials on the first day of classes, please make sure to use a sturdy backpack (as your books and folders can get heavy) and bring a reusable water bottle to school with your name on it (for use with our many water dispensers). We avoid using plastic bottled water on campus. It’s helpful to label all your belongings; they often end up in our lost and found!

6. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program

As you know, all ninth graders are expected to purchase and bring their own Mac or Windows laptop to school every day, beginning on the first day of classes. More detailed and updated information for device requirements can be found on the BYOD page of the website.

If you have any questions, please contact Director of Technology, Adnan Iftekhar. You can also reach him by phone at 415.333.4021 x245.

7. Technology Skill Expectations for Incoming Frosh

Faculty want you to be prepared for the use of your laptop and technology at LWHS, so we are sharing a list of skills that we would like each student to have within the first weeks of school. We recognize that some of you have had more experience with computers than others, so we are offering support to every student who needs it. 

Tech Café support sessions will run in August at LWHS; we will also have faculty and students available for support once the school year begins. Don’t worry. You will have the support you need! Please refer to the Frosh Skill Expectations and learn about Tech Café days and times.

8. Admissions Enrollment Forms

If you have not already done so, please complete all enrollment forms by Mon, Aug 5 so your student can begin the school year on time.

9. Athletics 

Tryouts for fall sports begin on Mon, Aug 12. Please turn in an Athletics Physical Form to the Athletics office by email (athletics@lwhs.org) or hardcopy. Everyone needs to turn in a new form every school year to participate in athletics.

10. Questions? How to Contact Your Dean
Starting Mon, Aug 5, you can reach me, your Ninth Grade Dean, Ms. Yin, at 415.333.4021 x268, or you can email me at cyin@lwhs.org. Even though I am away, I will still check email intermittently during the summer, so feel free to contact me if you have a concern or question.

If you need immediate assistance or support before Mon, Aug 5, you can contact the wonderful people in the Admissions Office. Unlike other academic offices, they will be open over the summer. Their contact info is 415.337.9990 or admissions@lwhs.org.

As the Frosh/Soph Dean, I will have the great privilege of welcoming you to LWHS on the first day of Frosh Orientation. I sincerely look forward to meeting every one of you. We are going to have a fantastic journey together. Enjoy the rest of your summer!


Frosh/Soph Dean

Lick-Wilmerding High School

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