What’s Right With Our Schools: Summer Transition Camp


GRAY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) Clifton Ridge Middle School is preparing upcoming 6th graders for their first day of school.

During the summer transition camp, teachers gave students a crash course on life in middle school.

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Graduation Coach Floyd Patterson stresses to students that anyone can be a student, but it takes effort to become a scholar.

More than 55 students are part of the program.

“It’s going to begin here and then is going to end the high school at graduation, and that’s our focus here," says Patterson.

The camp gives rising 6th grader, McKayla Watson the confidence she needs.

"It feels like I’m growing up, which I really am, but it feels like awesome because I know that I can do well and I am," says Watson.  

Patterson adds the goal is to get students to learn and have a positive attitude about school.

The camp gives students a head start on subjects their students need the most help on.

School leaders expect the advantage to last.

“We try to have a few math instructors give them a few math problems, and show them that they got to study," says Patterson.

To help with the transition, elementary school counselor Beth Mines is also at the camp. She’s a familiar face for students who attended Wells Elementary. 

Along with other instructors, she’s giving the students tours, teaching them how to use agenda books for the first time and prepping them to overcome challenges.

“Lockers…I’m a little nervous about that…not knowing how to open it,” Walton.

Walton tries to open a locker for the first time, and with little help, it’s a success.

Mines offers words of encouragement. 

"Everything that you’ve been learning and been doing to be successful, keep doing it in middle school."

This camp is a reassurance for these Jones County students in transition.