Q2O, the new Quarter Orientations, was mostly about team work. Students travelled in their Jedi order and participated in a series of workshops and enjoyed a BBQ lunch midday. Orientation workshops included: Coping with STRESS (MPR), Financial Aid training (Rm 47), Thrively & Career Pathways (Rms 27/28), Team Building/Scavenger Hunt (Stage/Lunch tables), Anaheim Pledge tutorial (Rms 33/34), Painting the Mural (Garage area), Corn Hole/Bean Toss Tournament (Pep area), Vision Boards 2022 (MPR/tables), Four Corners Communication Forum (Outside Rms 17/30), SQUID Science Game (Rm 33).
Some of these events and activities were designed to encourage group work or teamwork to help each other out when one of your teammates got stuck on something. The 5 C’s were encouraged throughout: communication, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and character/compassion. The favorite workshop was Mr. Shickler’s Squid Science Game. Students had to compete by answering science questions until all but one student was left as the winner.
Research shows that most students stayed with their Jedi order (81.6%). If they didn’t, these were the reasons why:
Friends wanted me to switch/I wanted to stay with my friends.
I got lost so I joined a new Jedi order, but I went through all the rotations.
I did stay with my order, but after lunch I couldn’t find them so I was lost for a while.
Overall, Q2O seemed to be a positive experience for students, new and returning. Shout out to all the counselors and leaders who collaborated to create this day. Teachers also had a chance to join in the fun by participating in activities with their students or leading groups in discussions. Orientation is truly a positive, interactive day that benefits everyone.
And together, we are Gladiator Strong.