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Posted: Friday, July 8, 2011 8:38 am

Who: Lap and Yee Wong, of Lodi; Yau and Yuk Kong, of Stockton.

The trip: Amtrak to Reno and Saratoga’s Hakone Garden.

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Get ready to drag your high school students out of bed early this week, they will likely need to be up and ready for school before school starts.

Wednesday morning students will show up to Lodi High School to prepare for the new school year by finding out their schedules. School begins for most Lodi Unified School District students on Monday.

Freshmen Orientation kicks off Wednesday morning from 8 to 11 a.m. followed by time to pick up their schedules from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lodi High is expecting a large class of 620 incoming freshmen, according to Principal Bob Lofsted. The school will know in a week if those students are all actually enrolled, he said. 

For parents sending their children to high school this year, Lofsted advises that they begin establishing structures and routines that prepare them for success in school including getting a good night’s sleep and nutritious meals as well as setting guidelines for how students use their time.

“If too much time is spent playing Pokemon Go, they’re going to struggle, so monitor the use of recreational technology,” he said.

Seniors are also picking up their schedules with students with names from A to L picking up schedules and signing up for lockers from 8 to 10 a.m.

Sophomores will get their schedules on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. while Juniors receive them from 12 to 3 p.m. that day, each with a scheduled time based on the students’ names. 

Changes are coming to Lodi High this year a few small updates across campus. New physical education lockers were installed in the boys locker room, which were previously in deplorable and unsafe conditions, Lofsted said. 

Four restrooms in the courtyard as well as the school theater are in the process of being renovated. Soccer teams will also be able to play on Rostomily Field this winter under new lights the school is installing. That project is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.

Tokay High School will be having its students arrive to campus for before school preparations on Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. with seniors arriving first and freshmen visiting last. On campus during “Tiger Day,” students will be able to take school pictures, receive ID cards, check out books, purchase P.E. clothes and rent lockers. Freshman orientation for Tokay students is Thursday, July 28.

Students are recommended to get involved in their school community through clubs or sports heading into this new school year.

“These provide the kind of social connections that often make the difference between a memorable or regrettable high school experience,” he said.

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