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Bonneville welcomes prospective class on Viking Night

Jan 19, 2017 01:30PM ● By Rubina Halwani

Parents and students attempt to open lockers at the evening orientation. (Rubina Halwani/City Journals)

By Rubina Halwani | [email protected]
On Wednesday, Jan. 11, Bonneville Jr. High opened its doors for an evening school orientation. The annual Viking Night showcased classrooms, artwork and performances to welcome the incoming sixth-grade class for the 2017–18 year.
“We’re so excited that you’re here tonight,” said Parent Teacher Student Association Co-President Nanette Amis as she greeted over 200 guests.
The evening kicked off with presentations in the auditorium from student representatives and PTSA officials and a student-created video for the school. Mayor Robert Dahle and his wife Joni were also in attendance for the event.
“Tonight our objective is for you to walk around some of the classes and get to know the teachers and programs and things going on at this school,” said Amis.
The PTSA created a Bingo game to encourage families to visit designated stations. PTA Dads scooped out free hot-fudge sundaes as a prize for completed cards.
Angie Swaney, the other PTSA co-president, reflected on her son’s orientation years ago. She said she was first worried about sending her son to junior high, but quickly grew fond of what the school had to offer her child.
“This school totally prepares your kids,” said Swaney. “You’re going to love it here.”
Among the many stations, visitors had the opportunity to practice opening a purple Viking locker, listen to music selections from the orchestra, practice tangrams in math, pick up a free book from the English department and roam through a student art exhibit.
Phil Despain, a college- and career-readiness teacher at the school, stationed a paper-rocket demonstration in the school’s gym. He helped students launch the rockets from a handmade tube platform.
Viking Strong, the school’s video, features a former student who returned to the school to ask current students why they like Bonneville. Among the responses, students mentioned intramural sports, the music program and Chinese language immersion.
“Wow. What a great turnout at our Viking Night,” wrote Bonneville Principal Rocky Lambourne in a message sent to the school community following the orientation. “Thanks to the students, PTA, Community Council, and Teachers for creating a great night for our community. Bonneville is a great place to be because of all of you.”