2018-07-11 / News

RCS sixth-graders will get a special introduction to school

Transition camp meant to ease students into middle school
BY BILL WILLCOX
COURIER-TIMES STA FF WRITER

For the first time this year, Roxboro Community School will hold a sixthgrade transition camp for its youngest incoming students.

Managing Executive Director Dave Ebert said he discussed the idea with RCS Middle School Principal Donna Ingram and High School Principal Darkarai Bryant and they were both supportive of initiating the camp.

Ebert, who came to RCS last October from Eastern Alamance High School, said he and his staff held a ninth grade transition camp there for incoming freshmen each year.

“We had a lot of success [at Eastern Alamance] and both the kids and staff seemed to enjoy it and look forward to it,” he said.

“We don’t need to do a transition camp for our freshmen,” Ebert said, “because they have already been on campus for three years. But we decided we needed to do something to help our incoming sixth graders adjust to middle school and the RCS campus.”

Last year, 106 sixth graders attended RCS, and this school year, 110 are expected.

Ebert said the transition from elementary to middle school is important, and it can be difficult for students.

“That’s why we decided we’re going to offer the camp,” he said. “We think that we should do anything we can to help our new students become acclimated to middle school and the campus.”

He said incoming students would be at RCS from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

During that time, they will be able to meet their teachers and school administrators, tour the campus and ask questions.

The students will eat lunch on campus, and will receive an RCS T-shirt.

Ebert said invitations were sent to all incoming sixth graders, asking that they RSVP with their names and shirt sizes.

After attending the camp, “the students will get their first official RCS shirt,” Ebert said.

During their annual retreat on Monday, board members expressed their support of the transition camp.

In addition to the event for sixth graders, RCS will host open houses for all middle and high school students on Aug. 14.

The middle school open house will begin at 6 p.m. with the high school open house starting at 7:30. During open house, high school students get their schedules and parking permits.

All students can tour the school and meet their teachers. Handbooks and other information are also made available at this time.

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