Incoming ninth grade students at Bullard High School will be the guests of honor at an event designed to help ease the transition from middle school to high school, as the school will host the BHS Panther Party event Friday, Aug. 11.
“We expect a great turnout for the BHS Panther Party event,” said Susan Paddack, BHS teacher and event organizer. “They won't want to miss all the fun we have planned for them. We will have numerous teachers and administrators in attendance for the incoming students to hang out with and get to know better. It’s a good for students to start the year out on a positive note, get rid of any freshman jitters they might have, and hopefully make some new friends.”
As a teacher of freshman students at BHS, Paddack said she has seen the feelings of freshman fright before, saying she hopes the event will eliminate the scare of advancing to high school.
“As a freshman teacher, I know that freshman can be nervous about coming to a new campus,” said Paddack. “Hopefully having a freshman camp eases their concerns. It is also good for anyone new to the district to hopefully meet a few other kids before school starts.”
According to Paddack, the event will feature several aspects, including a guided tour of the campus with students’ schedules, as well as relationship building games, a speaker addressing the topic of internet safety, and water games to end the day.
Paddack said she is still searching for local businesses and community members to lend a helping hand through donating prizes for the event.
“We are still working on donations, but we have already collected several gift cards with more on its way, as well as a few other gifts,” said Paddack. “If anyone or business would like to make a donation, please contact me.”
The event will also coincide with another happening at BHS the same day, with the BHS Meet the Panther event slated for 6-8:30 p.m. at Panther Stadium.
“We are very excited about Meet the Panthers,” said Paddack. “With a new athletic director and head football coach coming to Bullard ISD, we wanted to have an event that kicked of the start of not only a new year, but also a new era for Panther athletics. Our community is always very supportive of what we do at Bullard ISD, so we’re hoping for a great turnout.”
According to Paddack, several BHS sports teams and organizations will be in attendance at the community-wide Meet the Panthers pep rally event, including the Bullard Panther football players and coaches, Bullard Lady Panther volleyball players and coaches, Bullard Panther Marching Band and Twirlers, Bullard Belles, Bullard Panther junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders, and more.
In addition to meeting players and coaches, the event will also feature the Outback Steakhouse food truck, serving hamburger meals for $5 on a “first come-first served” basis.
“This event has received a lot of positive support from not only current students and parents, but also several BHS alumni who remember similar events during their time here,” said Paddack. “Meet the Panthers will allow the community to show off their Panther Pride as we kick off another school year at Bullard ISD.”
For more information on the Panther Party or Meet the Panthers events, email Paddack at firstname.lastname@example.org.