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Dillon Welcomes New Fifth Graders with Hot Dog Roast

Emerson J. Dillon Middle School welcomed the new fifth grade class at an orientation Aug. 27.

Katie Alfano and daughter, Ariana, wait in line for a hot dog at Emerson J. Dillon fifth grade orientation.
Katie Alfano and daughter, Ariana, wait in line for a hot dog at Emerson J. Dillon fifth grade orientation.

Incoming fifth graders were greeted with a trail of colorful balloons that lead to the cafeteria for a short presentation given by teachers and staff to assist with the transition to middle school. Teachers kept a positive and encouraging tone as they spoke about lockers, block scheduling, lunches, homework and more.

Guidance counselor Katherine Barber said, “You have a phenomenal group of teachers this year. They know what it’s like to be new. They are awesome; please call them or me anytime you have a question.”

All of the teachers and staff participated in the presentation of what to expect in the fifth grade and how to keep organized. They have implemented a binder system that keeps students’ schedules clearly displayed on the front, homework that is due in the front pocket and homework that is completed and graded in the back pocket. Each student will be provided an agenda to use for the year that also acts as a hall pass as well as a communication system between parents and teachers.

Teacher Matthew Westerlund and guidance counselor Andrew Quirk grilled hot dogs for the roast that was offered to all families in attendance following the presentation.