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Academic Base Camp
Coordinator: Sonya Kiernan
After the announcement of the student selection from the lottery process, placement tests in English and Mathematics are administered to all incoming seventh graders. Based on level of performance within these two subject areas and/or per parent request, students are selected to participate in an eight day Academic Base Camp which takes place in August just prior to the opening of school. Within this 4-hour morning program, students are introduced to basic work-study practices expected of seventh grades. They also receive skill review and direct instruction within these two areas of study. The students’ skill acquisition is then shared with Math and English Departments teachers who incorporate this data into their planning and structuring of the curriculum and instruction for the up-coming year. Also during Base Camp, students are given the opportunity to meet and interact with grade level peers, participate in WEB activities designed for building healthy, social interactions, and to develop familiarity with PCS’s basic practices and the physical environment.
WEB (Where Everyone Belongs)
WEB is a year-long transition program designed for incoming seventh graders. The program operates from the belief that students can and want to help other students succeed. The goal is to assist students in multiple ways throughout their first year adjustment at PCS. Upper grade level students are trained as WEB Leaders, who serve as motivators, leaders, and teachers. These older students guide the new students in their discovery of study strategies and development of social relationships within a safe and comfortable environment. WEB begins with activities during Academic Base Camp and at the 7th grade orientation. Their focus is on small group team building. Interactions and social activities between the WEB leaders and younger students continue throughout the school year with focus on fostering relationships that help extend social relationships beyond the classroom.
New Student Mentoring Program
Coordinator: Todd Harrison
This program is based on the principals of the WEB program (see above) but is primarily for older students, who are new to PCS. This program also focuses on helping students in their social and academic adjustments to a new learning environment.
Study Skills and Technology Class
All incoming seventh grade students take a full year class that focuses on skill building, enhancing their ability in becoming an independent learner. Skills taught include, but are not limited to note taking; memory strengthening; test-taking strategies; organization and planning; time management; computer technology; research tools, etc.