The 16th annual ‘Jump Day’ at Espanola High School took place on Wednesday, August 28 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each year about a week before school starts a day is set aside for the new Grade 9 students coming in to the high school, many of them from outside Espanola.
EHS staff, including principal Kristina Rivard-Gobbo and vice-principal Yves Poirier were there to welcome the new students and their families along with several senior students who gave guided tours of the school. The day is designed to ease the natural anxiety that many students experience entering a new school in September.
The families would probably give the EHS staff an A+ for the wonderful couple of hours spent touring the school, getting lots of input from the teachers and a barbeque lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers, including vegetarian. The tour started in the gymnasium where the students and their families were introduced to all the faculty members.
This is the second year for Rivard-Gobbo at Espanola High School who said she is glad to be back as principal. “Last year was my first experience in a smaller community school and I love the pride the students and staff take in supporting one another in our environment,” said Gobbo. “The teachers and all the staff go above and beyond in everything they do to benefit the students. EHS is a community school that encompasses care, compassion, respect and pride.” She added that enrollment is up this year at 110 students from six area schools. Grade 9 students come from A.B. Ellis and Sacred Heart schools in Espanola, S.Geiger and St. Mary schools in Massey, Biidaabaan school in Sagamok and Shawanosowe school on Birch Island.
Jump Day makes it a little easier for first year students giving them a chance to meet their teachers, find their lockers and get help navigating their class schedule as well as the many hallways of the school.