School starts a day early this year for Marysville High School freshmen, and the staff hopes to make it worth their while.

School starts a day early this year for Marysville High School freshmen, and the staff hopes to make it worth their while.

Freshmen-Only Day is Tuesday, a day before the rest of the district goes back to class. Assistant high school principal Shawn Williams said students will have the opportunity to get acclimated to the building, meet their teachers and "just feel at ease," without the stress of having the entire student population on hand.

"With the size of our building and the size of our student body, (freshmen) really need this to help ease the transition," principal Matt Chrispin said. "(High school) is really different from what they're used to."

The mandatory day is a head start on building school spirit, Williams said.

The day will begin with a combined assembly and welcome from Chrispin, and the introduction of teachers. Students will spend the rest of the day in shortened periods for each of their classes.

Williams said the day ties in well with the school's Freshman Focus program, which launched in two pilot groups last year and has been expanded to the entire freshman class this year.

Freshman Focus is a high school transition program that meets three times a week for the first semester. Williams said student and staff mentors work with incoming freshmen on a "broad range of topics," including study skills, decision-making, preparation for semester exams and diversity and tolerance. Practical information about lockers, lunch lines and dress is also covered.

"The older kids really help them through getting over that anxiety," Williams said.

The new cluster stops for high school busing will not be in effect for Freshmen-Only Day.