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Building Academic, Social, and Emotional Skills Day Camp for 7th Graders
The mission of B.A.S.E. Camp is to offer the incoming seventh grade class an opportunity that empowers them to discover their potential at PCS through a fun and relaxing experience. In addition to social and emotional intelligence tools, B.A.S.E. Camp imparts crucial information and skills needed for success at PCS and beyond (see below). B.A.S.E. Camp also includes older students who act as ambassadors, allowing them to develop their capacity for mentorship and leadership. The format is a three day, outdoor day camp in early August prior to the start of school; there is no charge. Participants are highly encouraged to attend for the full three days.
Create class identity and connection:
- Provide an opportunity to make new friends
- Model positive and healthy social learning
- Promote a positive school climate by encouraging multi age interaction
Impart information and resources about PCS life and culture:
- Learn about clubs, sports and leadership opportunities
- Meet student government members and observe leadership in action
- Highlight PCS values of inclusion, kindness and respect
Promote positive social behavior between students, teachers and student mentors:
- Provide a chance to meet and connect with some PCS teachers and older students
- Create an atmosphere of fun and relaxation that reduces worry/anxiety
- Promote collaborative learning through team building exercises/non-competitive games
Teach skills workshops for a successful transition to PCS academic environment:
- Social and emotional intelligence
- Purpose/time management
- Identifying learning style strengths and challenges
Daily Program components:
- Non-competitive games
- Team/trust building exercises
- Small group discussion
- Relevant workshops
Student Ambassador Program
The Student Ambassador Program provides 9th-12th grade students opportunities to share their talents, wisdom and enthusiasm in support of a positive cultural experience at PCS.
PCS kicks off each August with a three-day camp experience for our 90+ incoming 7th graders. Student Ambassadors share their energy and talents as leaders and mentors alongside teachers as we play giant group games, connect in small group discussions, and teach crucial skills through on-site workshops and walking field trips (see Building Academic, Social, and Emotional Skills Day Camp above). At specific times during the year, PCS welcomes new transfer students. Ambassadors step up to make sure that new kids are met with a smile on their first day, shown around school and have a social connection as they transition.
“ I think that having an older mentor welcoming a student into PCS is important for many reasons….the older student is able to transmit wisdom they have acquired to the younger students. They can help teach the younger students how to manage their time while still living a balanced, joyful life. I remember that when I was a new student coming to PCS, the B.A.S.E. camp mentors helped make me feel welcome and helped me bond with my classmates. Further, PCS is both a high school and a middle school, so having high school students spending time with the middle schoolers helps to create our integrated community.” ~David Riva, Class of 2021 and PCS Ambassador
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.