Gaither Hosts Elective Fair for Incoming Freshmen


Brielle Allison

Brielle Allison

On Thursday, Jan. 23, Gaither High School hosted a small elective fair for incoming eighth graders in the community in the cafeteria, followed by a short presentation in the library. 

Parents and students were able to see the elective options firsthand, instead of just printed on the programming sheets.

After the fair, parents and students were invited to the library at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation which included information on course selection and graduation requirements. It was led by Gaither guidance counselors Myla Uppercue, Marla McQuay, Kelliejo Montes and Vanessa Caban. 

“I like the many options so you know what to choose,” incoming freshman Sofia Marino commented on the different options displayed at the fair. 

Sofia’s mother, Sandy Marino said “it seems overwhelming but it’s really not. It’s nice to see all the options and everyone’s so approachable.” 

Creative writing teacher Karen Hough had a lot to say about the importance of the elective fair for both students and parents. 

“It can be daunting, having a child in high school for the first time. For parents [the elective fair] helps get them in the door, to actually meet the teachers and see the electives offered. It helps kids make a choice and gives parents comfort,” Hough said. 

The elective fair was a good opportunity for incoming ninth graders and their parents to see the options available in high school. However, the experience only lasted for about half an hour. 

The featured electives were NJROTC, theatre, creative writing, digital information technology, web design, digital design, customer service, accounting and The Pony Express. Each elective’s display was accompanied by teachers and students involved in the subject. 

“It’s [the eighth graders] first opportunity to learn about electives and graduation requirements. We meet with them in July for a freshmen orientation but this is a first taste prior to that,” McQuay said. 

However brief the elective fair and presentation may have been, incoming Gaither students and their parents still had a great opportunity to meet with teachers and learn more about classes being offered.