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JHS Freshman Orientation includes Tours Led by Fusion;Upperclassmen Acting as Mentors

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  Moving from middle school to high school is a big transition time.

     Today five hundred and fifty Joplin students took part in freshman orientation where a group known as  fusion is helping making that transition easier.

"C hallway, aka ‘c’ for counselors,” announces a fusion tour guide. “This will be your attendance office."

 Dehric Cox and his fellow freshman got a guided tour from several  members of fusion. His first impression of Joplin high school.  "It’s pretty big and there’s a lot of glass,” says Dehric. “If you have classes upstairs and have to go all the way to the gym or something  that can be confusing you could  lose your way."

Upperclassmen who are members of fusion, a mentoring group, show them around the school to help dispel their fears. For Mallory Cravens that's,"Probably breaking the laptop or getting lost."

Dehric adds, "It’s made it a lot easier. It doesn't really make you scared of high school and you get to meet new people in your groups and that's a lot of fun."

Students are getting to know Franklin tech and the entire high school with their fusion mentors but what’s equally important  are the relationships that are created.

Josh Flora the assistant principal for freshman says, "These kids, volunteers, they come from all different backgrounds and  different interest groups.  So it just gives them an avenue to not have to come to an adult. They can come to a student."

Passing a Hope Counselor’s office guides says, "If you need anything or you're struggling emotionally…"

 But their advice also includes tips for how not to fail here.

Mallory says, "Not to get mixed in with the wrong crowd and to not skip school, to have good attendance, take notes."

Principals say they're forming relationships that last. Assistant principal Matt Harding says, "You still see sophomores and juniors who still have relationships with their fusion leaders. They say hi in the hallways and hang out."  And they help freshman make it to senior year.

Mallory says, "I don’t have any worries about being successful but i think they do help the kids that do.  Some of the fusion leaders might have also and they can kind of show them how they came over those worries and how they pushed through it and succeeded."

Students also listened to a talk about safe use of their computers and cell phones. They will attend open house events next Tuesday where fusion members will also be around to help. Joplin schools first day of classes are August 20th.

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