, how do I get to this classroom?"
If London High School Principal Tim Keib answered that question once on Tuesday, he probably answered it 300 times.
The first day of school brought the usual questions, confusion and apprehension at London - especially for 227 incoming freshmen and new enrollees.
While most used administration-supplied maps to find their way around the maze of hallways and rooms, more than a few needed hands-on direction from teachers, administrators and fellow students.
"Out of the 600 students here today, probably 200 haven't a sweet clue as to where they're going next," Keib
By Friday, Keib
is confident that cluelessness will be gone as all students adjust to the routine of school, classes and moving from room to room.
That is equally true for the seven LHS students who are on crutches, the one who gets around in a wheelchair and the one who uses a service dog to help with mobility.
To those students, it's not just "where am I going?," but "how do I get there in four minutes (between classes)?"
has a quick answer for those special enrollees: "Start early - before the bell rings and the halls fill with people."
"The biggest challenge we face is communicating enmass the individual message," Keib
Teachers with a positive, helpful attitude are important, as are returning students who are prepared and know what's expected of them.
"Every teacher here has been a student at some time," Keib
"We emphasize that they treat students the way they wanted to be treated."
In the three years Keib has been principal at London
worked to develop a culture of student leadership where upperclassmen help and mentor underclassmen - especially freshmen.
"You have to have good role models," Keib
"The young kids coming in network with older kids."
said it's an approach that's produced positive results.
"We have a great group of students right now," he
is proud of the good customer service students and parents receive at London
During the summer, he
fielded as many as 40 phone calls a day, mostly about open enrollment and other policies.
"It's not that way everywhere," he