From LOJ to LOHS
Eighth-graders officially transform into freshmen
Hundreds of parents, teachers and school staff and a few Lake Oswego police officers turned out to witness the annual Balloon Crossing ceremony last week.
On a rain-free but cloudy morning June 12, officers stood in crosswalks to hold back traffic on Country Club Road as a crowd cheered at the entrance to Lake Oswego High School. Across the street, a gathering at the entrance to Lake Oswego Junior High also was hooting, whistling and clapping. Parents with cameras snapped off shot after shot, and drivers of the stopped cars started honking encouragement as the procession passed by.
Dozens of graduating eighth-graders marched down the LOJ driveway on the last day of school, heading under an archway of red and white balloons (the school colors) and across the road. LOJ Principal Robert Caplinger and a few students led the walk, carrying a dark blue banner reading Class of 2016 in white lettering as the parade traveled from one school to another, stepping beneath an archway of blue and white balloons (the LOHS school colors) as they entered Laker territory.
It was official. The LOJ eighth-graders were LOHS freshmen.
I think its awesome, and I feel proud about how encouraging people are, newly minted LOHS freshman Margaret Redinbo said.
The pack of students and family members from LOJ and LOHS moved into the gym and settled into the bleachers, listening as administrators and a couple of veteran high schoolers offered advice and encouragement.
This is a big step, so we want to make sure we are supporting you, LOHS Principal Cindy Schubert said.
She said her top piece of advice for freshmen is to get to know their counselors.
Family members lined the walls or sat in bleachers near their kids.
Im excited to go to high school because its new, and I get to have new experiences, new LOHS freshman Kayla Matlock said.
Kaylas mom, dad, baby sister and grandma sat together in the front row.
Kaylas father, Joe Matlock, said he remembers how excited he was to start high school, and hes imagining how excited his daughter must be: Im happy for her, he said
Kaylas grandmother, Peggy Matlock, traveled from Southern California to see the crossing and said shes proud of her school-loving granddaughters accomplishments. But what shes really thinking about is not what has happened, but what will happen.
Id say its more like looking forward. You can see her future is bright, Peggy Matlock said.Add a comment