Soon, young people across the state will end their summer vacations and assemble in schools large and small to learn everything from the ABCs to calculus.
But many districts are not waiting until the school year starts to help students learn. However, it’s not the kind of information you find in a textbook.
Helping students transition – learning what a typical day is like in the case of the younger children, to learning more about high school in the case of teens – is becoming more common, and we are pleased to hear it.
For example, Bison Camp in the Carlisle Area School District – sponsored by the Bison Foundation – was a pre-kindergarten prep camp conducted at LeTort Elementary School and open to children from throughout the district. The main goal of the camp was to teach the children classroom etiquette that goes with a public school education.
Also last week, the Big Spring High School class of 2018 was invited to the DAWG Day of Summer to help ease the transition from middle school to high school. Almost 200 incoming freshmen took part, learning their way around and getting to know more about the culture of the school. They took part in team-building activities, tours, a scavenger hunt and pep rally.
In the Shippensburg Area School District, kindergarten orientation is being held this week to help give youngsters an idea of what happens during an average school day.
Student in any grade are no different from adults. They are not immune to feeling the angst of new places, people and routines. Change is hard. Knowing more about what to expect will help go a long way in making the learning process easier, more comfortable and ultimately better for students.
Best of luck to all students. Make it a great year.