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Basic information goal at Bradwell open house
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"Just the normal freshman stuff and the teachers' expectations," Joy Nelson said when asked why she brought her son, Anfernee, to open house at Bradwell Institute Tuesday afternoon.
"He's been waiting all summer long for this."
Another freshman, David McDonald Jr., said he attended with his mother Teresa McDonald to get basic information.
"Where to go," the student said when questioned. "I'm lost now."
His mother has been to the school before and wanted to help, but since her oldest son, Daniel Dasher, graduated in 1999 the school has changed.
"It's gotten huge," she said.
The county's oldest high school is wrapping up a three-year, three-phase upgrade that nearly doubled its size.
So the McDonalds were not alone.
"I'm mostly helping people find where to go," Assistant Principal Tony Norce said while standing in a hall, answering questions from passing families.
"There's been a real heavy turnout," he said.
Questions he expected to be answering concerned the dress code. High school students will be required to wear uniforms for the first year. Elementary and middle school students were required to wear uniforms last year.
"There've been no questions about uniforms," Norce said, "so it sounds like they must have that squared away.
At some schools students wearing the required khaki pants or skirts with appropriately colored pull-over shirts were walking around with tags pointing out they were dressed in the correct uniforms.
At least one person at Bradwell's open house was there to give information as much as get it. School board member Carol Guyett was talking to constituents and teachers.
"I'm just meeting all of the teachers," she said. "I use open house to make sure they have a way to reach me."
She also had special reasons to be there. Her daughter, Lindsey Guyett is in her second year teaching science at the school, and her son, Dennis Jr., is starting high school as a freshman.

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