Incoming freshmen and their parents will get an initial exposure to the high school and staff will be on hand to answer questions

Taft Union High School will host Orientation Night for eighth graders from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in the quad. In an attempt to make it more convenient and efficient for students and parents, the orientation and registration process will be different from previous years.

Incoming freshmen and their parents will get an initial exposure to the high school and staff will be on hand to answer questions. The event will showcase academic and elective courses as well as the sports and clubs available to students while in high school.

The evening will begin in the quad and will include a campus tour. Incoming students will also have a photo taken for their ID card.

Letters were sent home with instructions for parents to register online prior to the Orientation Night. Assistance with online registration will be available in the IRC for those without computer access or for parents who had trouble registering their student. Students have assigned times to meet with staff to select their classes for their freshman year. Students with last names beginning A-E will meet from 5:30 to 6 p.m.; F-L from 6 to 6:30 p.m.; M-ROD from 6:30 to 7 p.m.; and ROG-Z from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Parents should bring a copy of their student's birth certificate, along with any documentation of legal name changes, and a copy of the student's immunization record.

The Taft High jazz band will be playing music, and popcorn will be served.