5th Graders Build Assets at YMCA Camp Sloper

5th graders from Southington attended a training day at YMCA Camp Sloper on May 13th and 14th (Students that will be attending DePaolo went the first day and students that will be attending Kennedy went the next day). The Asset Development and Transition Day is filled with workshops for these 5th graders to help them transition to middle school. ツThe workshops for the day are coordinated by YMCA Camp Sloper staff and the STEPS 5th Grade Transition Committee.

5th graders from Southington attended a training day at YMCA Camp Sloper on May 13th and 14th (Students that will be attending DePaolo went the first day and students that will be attending Kennedy went the next day). The Asset Development and Transition Day is filled with workshops for these 5th graders to help them transition to middle school. ツThe workshops for the day are coordinated by YMCA Camp Sloper staff and the STEPS 5th Grade Transition Committee. ツThe workshops included Caring School Climate/Bonding to School, Cultural Competence, Planning and Decision Making, Positive Peer Influence and Positive Outlook on Personal Future.

The day started with the students breaking into different groups to meet new kids from the other elementary schools. ツThen they heard welcoming remarks from their ‘soon-to-be’ guidance counselor and moved through the different training areas. ツIn the amphitheater, there was a panel of current 6th graders to answer questions for the incoming students. ツAfter that the kids worked on their precept (life’s motto for middle school) banners that will hang in their new school in the fall. ツFrom there, students talked about accepting differences, identified the tools they will need to be successful in middle school, and set expectations of themselves and the adults at their new schools.

Their day ended with closing remarks from the middle school principals and the kids had a chance to ask them any additional questions they had about the middle schools.

Both days were a success and will hopefully make the transition from 5th to 6th grade as easy as possible. ツThank you to everyone that participated!