ERIC Number: EJ789931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Welcome to Clipper Camp!
Holler, Edward W.
Principal Leadership, v8 n8 p28-31 Apr 2008
Rising middle level students face many new situations when they enter middle school. Stress is not uncommon for new students in any grade, but it is most acute during middle level years when students are dealing with the rapidly changing physical characteristics and emotions associated with early adolescence. The community of adults at a middle school can take specific actions to help make this transition easier for the incoming students. This article discusses "Clipper Camp," a transition program at Grafton Middle School in Yorktown, Virginia, that supports rising middle level students and their parents. Students get a boost into the middle level from the transition program that eases anxieties as it familiarizes students with their new school, teachers, and classmates. The goal of Clipper Camp is to remove the negative anticipation caused by entering a new and larger school. ["Welcome to Clipper Camp!" was written with Paula Sasin, Karen Fahringer, and Eyvette Jones.]
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Summer Programs, School Orientation, Early Adolescents, Transitional Programs, Middle School Students, Anxiety, Interaction, Interpersonal Communication, Social Networks
National Association of Secondary School Principals. 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1537. Tel: 800-253-7746; Tel: 703-860-0200; Fax: 703-620-6534; Web site: http://www.principals.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia