During the first week or so of the school year, pay a visit to all your 9th grade English classes. Take 20-30 minutes in each class to introduce yourself to the students. Give them a chance to see you as a person rather than just an administrator. Attempt to start learning their names and invite them to stop you in the hallways and quiz you on their names. Also, go over any school rules that you feel are most critical for freshmen to understand. Finally, in any way possible try during this visit to support or reiterate key expectations of your Freshman Transition Program.