FCHS Hosts Step Up Day

FCHS Hosts Step Up Day
Posted on 05/31/2019
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Floyd Central High School hosted Step Up Day on May 28 for incoming freshmen. 8th grade students from Duff-Allen Central Elementary and South Floyd Elementary, the feeder schools for FCHS, spent the day learning about the high school and participating in different activities.


Sonya Slone, FCHS Student Council sponsor says, “Our student council planned and organized the whole event and we truly appreciate Gear Up sponsoring the food and having representatives there to help. It was a great experience for our high school students and our future Jags.”


The gymnasium had tables with different student groups, teams, activities and classes represented. Teachers and coaches chose leaders from their teams as representatives for each table during the Class/Team Fair. All 8th grade students created their freshmen year schedule and then had the opportunity to visit the tables applicable to that individual student’s schedule and interests. Students were able to ask questions and learn about different aspects such as expectations, summer schedules for teams, and details about specific classes like Advance Placement, Art, JROTC, Band and more. High school student team leads accompanied the 8th graders and helped them by answering questions.


School Resource Office Landon Hall spoke to students about the dangers and legal ramifications of vaping and school administrators discussed general expectations. The future Jags participated in a story exchange sponsored by the Narrative 4 program and led by student facilitators. The 8th graders also had the opportunity to take part in a “Real Talk” session with the student group leaders. Topics included being smart with social media, the importance of first impressions, healthy dating advice, trying hard in high school but not stressing out and more. 


The Drama department presented a "Confidence" performance where they did improvisations using topics that 8th grade students had expressed concern. They also answered questions the students had about high school life. The day ended with a Battle of the Classes style event. Students from each school teamed together and learned some of the games that they will be participating in during the high school events. 


Sonya Slone comments, “I am so blessed with amazing student leaders and coworkers who worked together to make the event great for our future Jags. Our student leaders impressed me and watching our seniors reminded me how very much I will miss them.” Slone continues, “The greatest moment of the day was when Bobby Akers (teacher) said to the group, “In just a few days you will officially be Jaguars” and the students all clapped and cheered! That made any schedule snag worth it to hear their excitement about being at our school!”


Superintendent Danny Adkins comments, “We think this opportunity for incoming freshmen at Floyd Central was a great way for students to learn more about the school, be welcomed into the school and hopefully look forward to their freshmen year. It’s also a great opportunity for some high school students to “step up” as leaders too. We hope to see this continue and be replicated at our other high schools.”


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