Working Together for a Bright Future

Students attend first Freshman Summer Transition Camp

Over 150 members of the Class of 2023 got a jump start on the new school year last week as they attended the first ever Freshman Summer Transition Camp at Vineland High School.

Students arrived to much fanfare, with the VHS Marching Clan and cheerleaders welcoming them to the campus. As they signed in at their designated tables, the freshman received welcome folders with their schedules, as well as a colored wristband that would determine their group over the next two days.

The free camp was designed to assist incoming freshman in making a smoother, more successful transition from middle to high school. Facilitated by high school administration, teachers, guidance counselors, nurses, and security, the program consisted of a variety of activities to help the freshman learn.

After a brief welcome that featured words from principal Suzette DeMarchi and a helpful pep talk from VHS graduate and former Miss Vineland/current Miss Cumberland County, Alyssa Rodriguez, the students broke into groups to attend their breakout sessions. Topics ranged from “stress busting” sessions featuring conflict resolution, mindfulness techniques, and a visit with therapy dogs to information on how to be successful at VHS, where the code of conduct and character education program, among others, were highlighted.

Following a free lunch, both afternoons featured more hands-on activities, such as a “Grit and Wit” obstacle course and scavenger hunt throughout the Tanner Building.

“Our first VHS Summer Transition Camp was a huge success,” said DeMarchi. “Thank you to our staff members for their time, dedication, and willingness to help our incoming freshman transition to VHS.”


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