Students get to know each other on first day

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By Don Pace

On the first day of school, Memorial Middle School teacher Clarabel Marquez has a way of getting kids to come out of their shell: They are introduced to Global Bingo, a game where they ask a number of questions and at the same time get to know each other.

Students are given a global bingo sheet with a number of questions like: Who traveled out of New Mexico this summer? Who knows at least 10 names of states in the United States? Who knows the name of the mayor of Las Vegas?

Marquez says this gives students a chance to mingle and get acquainted with one another in a way that is not intimidating, especially on the first day at a new school.

“While they’re mingling and asking questions, they get to know their classmates. It also helps me to begin to recognize students. We get to know each other fairly quickly,” Marquez said.

As kids hurried along their way between classes at the middle school, a few stopped to talk to an Optic reporter about their summer vacation and goals.

Eight-grader Sage Lefebvre spent her summer traveling coast to coast. She said she had a lot of fun in California and Connecticut spending time with family.

Lefebvre already has big plans for her future, so what she learns now will help her succeed and accomplish her goals of becoming a doctor.

“I want to go to college and study to become a brain surgeon; the human brain is fascinating. So this year one of my goals is to get better in math; math is not my strongest subject, so I want to work at it,” Lefebvre said.

This is also Rachael Lucero’s last year in middle school, but her goals are a little more immediate.

“My goals for this year are to stay out of trouble and get good grades,” Lucero said with a grin.