These articles were retyped by Kevin Goodwin from the first version published in our Freshman Year of "The Tower" newspaper Volume VIII - No. 1 dated October 1967. Many thanks to Kevin for preserving this slice of DLS history all these years.
Frosh Orientation Marks School Opening
Every year the Wednesday after Labor Day marks the end of the summer vacation and the beginning of school. This year was no exception as students from all directions converged on De La Salle Academy on September 6th for the opening school.
They came in busses and cars. Some walked while other came
across the bay on the ferry. They came from Bristol, Barrington, Warren, Fall
River, Tiverton, Middletown, Portsmouth, Jamestown and, of course, Newport.
For seniors, juniors and sophomores it was like any other
school day. Groups formed in the parking lot before school and the topics
discussed ranged from what they had done during the summer to what courses they
had for the coming school year. It was a day for renewing old friendships and
prophesying the new year.
For the freshmen, however, it was a different situation. They were scattered around the grounds in groups of three or four wondering what would happen next. In order to answer their questions about the school, the Student Council held a freshman orientation in the gym at the beginning of the day.
Brother John addressed the freshmen and welcomed them to De La Salle. Next came William Donovan, Peter Fanning, Thomas Carey and Martin Kenny who spoke to the freshmen about sports and school activities.
Following the orientation period the new students went to
the cafeteria for refreshments and a chance to get acquainted with one another.
Returning to the gym, the class was broken up into discussion groups. Each group
was headed by a member of the Student Council. Finally came the assigning of
freshmen to their respective home rooms.
Meanwhile the rest of the student body was not idle. Forms had to be filled out, fees paid, and books and schedules had to be passed out. Following this a regular school day was held with shortened periods. Students were dismissed at the regular time.
Frank Frosh Views
Q: After being at De La Salle for one month, what are
your initial thoughts of the school? (Editor Note: Too bad we
don't have the names of the people who made these comments!)
A: It is much tougher than grammar school but not as
A: The sports are great and so far the academic work
is not so hard.
A: It is easy to gain the trust and confidence of
the teachers as long as one shows one is worthy of it.
A: The rotating schedule puts some variety into an
otherwise dull school day.
A: Everything is fine except for the cafeteria which
could stand a great deal of improvement.
A: I like De La Salle more than public schools
because the atmosphere is more conducive to studying.
A: I think the Freshmen should be allowed to change
classes more frequently and that there is a need for a longer study period.
A: It is rather steep in discipline.
A: The people who make up the school are all right.
A: It is a great place for those who are
A: The people seem to mean business around here.
the school is pretty good and it seems there is much action in other areas also.
A: The school day seems short and sweet, just as I
A: There is way too much homework.
A: Everything is fine except that there are no
A: I like most of the subjects except for math and
seems if there an abundance of activity during and after the school day.
A: De La Salle strikes me as being medieval, awesome, and spectacular.
Freshmen Football Starts Spiritedly
As fall approaches, all eyes are on football, with the
emphasis on varsity ball, but the freshmen squad, coached by Mr. Pavao,
has been practicing hard.
Until recently the practices consisted of mostly of
calisthenics and light workouts, but the frosh looked real good in the offense
vs. defense contact “games” they have experienced.
Good quarterbacking is the key to good football, and on the
team it has been mostly Jim Martin and George Pascoe handling the
pitching chores, with Paul Primiano and Steve Massed the
End Pete Peterson is also keeping the drive alive with his sure hands and speed, while Juan Aguan and J. T. MacKinnon, the two smallest men on the defensive team are real hustlers and are taking a big load on their own shoulders.
Axel Busche, smallest lineman on the team, is
breaking throughout the gigantic offensive line, spearheaded by Steve
Mrozowski and Pat “Little Devil” Walsh, along with Jim Ritchie,
to make some key tackles during recent practice.
Jim Shuster was the team’s first major injury.
“Shu” received a cut on the foot which required stitches and will be out for
awhile. He will be sorely missed on the defensive line.
The team has been working hard and has lots of spirit. A team of this caliber deserves to win.
De La Salle Academy, Newport RI Class of 1971