Freshman Orientation


We are very excited that your child will be attending Newtown High School this coming school year and we look forward to meeting them on Orientation Day. This will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 from 7:50 am-1:00pm at the high school. This will be the 12th year our school will participate in the nationwide Link Crew Program, an organization whose sole purpose is to help freshmen feel more comfortable as well as help them achieve success in their first year of high school.

The Link Crew freshman orientation and transition program is designed to both welcome and support freshmen by assigning them upperclassmen as Link Leaders to mentor and assist during their first year. The following is some information to let you know what you and your child can expect in advance of their first day of school.

  • A day or two before orientation your student will receive a phone call (on their home phone number listed in Powerschool) from their Link Crew Leader personally inviting them to orientation day and giving the details of where to be and what time. If for some reason, they don’t receive that - please have them reach out to their school counselor.

  • Your child is encouraged not to bring backpacks, purses, or other like items as the day is active.

  • Because the day is active, please make sure that your child wears comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement and sneakers.

  • This is a student only function so we encourage you to let your child attend on his or her own.

If your child is unable to attend orientation, they can get in touch with their Link Crew Leader (who will leave a message for them on their home answering machine a day or two before orientation) and ask any questions they may have. They can always contact their school counselor as well.

We look forward to meeting your student on orientation day!

Link Crew Coordinators,

Lisa Kapitan, Cheryl Lombardo, Jeremy O’Connell