Camps ease transition to high school

Staff report


The transition from eighth-grade to high school can be challenging, so Youngstown City School District is taking extra steps to prepare students.

From Tuesday to July 14, incoming Chaney freshmen will participate in the Bridge to High School to Success Camp on the campus of Thiel College in Greenville, Pa. Incoming East students will participate in the same camp July 17-20 at Thiel.

Before the camps though, students have another opportunity to prepare for the start of their freshman year with orientation next week. Orientations are happening in the Chaney library at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. today and in East’s library at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday.

This marks the first year for the summer bridge program at YCSD.

The aim is to give incoming freshmen the skills and tools they need to succeed during their high school careers. Studies show that a student’s perception of his or her freshman year is an important indicator of academic success, a district spokeswoman said.

The Bridge to High School to Success Camp curriculum teaches students to thrive in high school, develop leadership skills, be leaders among their peers, develop good study habits and get involved in school.

During the four-day camps, students will stay in student dorms at Thiel – girls in one residence hall with female staff and boys in another with male staff.

Students should bring comfortable clothes and shoes, bedding and linen, an alarm clock, umbrella, back pack and camera. Cellphones may not work in the area. All meals will be provided.

Students are expected to attend and participate in all scheduled events, follow dorm rules, wear a name tag at all times and not leave campus without permission.

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