Last 300 transfer students to have new school Tuesday evening

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) –The lottery process to select schools for students transferring from the unaccredited Riverview Gardens and Normandy School Districts should be finished Tuesday night.

The last 300 out of 2,600 students transferring out should be placed in new schools by Tuesday evening.

The co-operating school districts say it's up to each individual school district to notify parents which school building their children will attend.

On Tuesday, the Francis Howell School District held a transition day for new students.  The back-to-school program is held every year, but this time, it included many of the 475 students transferring from the unaccredited Normandy School District.

For kids stepping off the school bus at a brand-new school, it’s exciting, but can also be a little nerve-racking.  That’s why the Francis Howell School District wanted to make students feel welcome before school starts on Thursday.

Francis Howell High School Principal Dr. Dave Wedlock says, “They’ll do the normal things like see their locker, go to lunch, learn about our clubs and activities, but they’ll spend the majority of the day meeting their peers and spending time with their mentors, so they can feel good about coming on the first day of school.”

High School Junior Lauren Sullivan was selected as one of the 150 mentors for the transition day.  She says, “We’ll get to work one-on-one with them, so they’ll get to know us better, and we’ll get to know them better.”

These student mentors know that it isn’t just ninth graders at this year’s transition day. Out of the 45 new students coming to Francis Howell High School from Normandy, 29 of them are upperclassmen.

Mentor and Senior Class President Eric Lee says, “We’re going to try a little bit harder to make them feel more welcome, because they haven’t had three or four years to get to know everyone in their grade.”

Lee and Sullivan look forward to sharing what they love about their school with the new students, from their favorite teachers to the strong school spirit.

They also know there’s a chance they’ll benefit, too, by making new friends.  “I’ve actually met a couple kids giving them tours over the weekend, and I met a bunch of really nice kids from Normandy,” says Lee.

Sullivan adds, “It’s always fun to get new kids.  I think it’s fun to meet new people, so it’ll be exciting.”

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