Question type: U.S. culture/education
How I've researched it: Wikipedia's articles on american eduction, high-school and related ; little_details 's entries about u.s. education; various high schools' websites (including Forks' high school)
My Query: What exactly happens on the first day of the school year (is there a speech from the director/headmaster/thing, is it at that time that shedules are given, do you have to introduce yourself to the teachers or others students (especially if new)?)
Second question: How do classes works? (it's one thing I never understood). At my high school in France, the same group of students (from 25 to 35 most of the time) stayed together in all classes, just getting dispatched for languages and specific courses. From what I read/saw/gathered, this is not how it works in US high school.
Also, I recall one of my English assistant saying they were singing the national hymn and calling the roll in the first hour of classes - is it done everywhere, and could one be excused from singing? (on the basis he's not US citizen)
Any detail you feel is important is welcome. Thanks a lot everyone!