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Transition programs open for rising freshmen

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- Parents of rising ninth-grade students must register their children by this week for free summer transitioning programs.

Earlier this month, brochures and registration information was sent home to parents of current eighth-grade students with information about this year's Transitioning to High School summer program held at the high school that a rising ninth-grade student will attend next year.

"The purpose of the two-day summer program is to ease the transition from middle to high school by preparing students prior to the first day of school," said Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of Public Relations at the Newton County School System. "Students will meet teachers, administrators, counselors and develop early relationships with their peers from other middle schools while learning how to navigate the ninth grade."

The program at Alcovy High School runs from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 28 and 29 at the school, which is located at 14567 Ga. Highway 36 S. in Covington. Students need to arrive at 7:45 a.m. and be picked up at 2:30 p.m..

Students are expected to learn about dressing out for PE, changing classes, fine arts programs and using agendas, among other topics. Ninth-grade academy T-shirts also will be on sale during the program.

Eastside High School's Flight School program is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 28 and 29 at the school, which is located at 10245 Eagle Drive in Covington. Students need to arrive at 8:45 a.m. and be picked up at 2:30 p.m. each day.

Students will tour the school and learn about the arts and career programs, athletics, graduation requirements and foreign languages, among other topics.

Newton High School's summer program also is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 28 and 29 at the school, which is located at 140 Ram Drive in Covington. Students need to arrive at 8:45 a.m. and be picked up at 2:30 p.m.

Students will learn about the layout of the school, changing classes, arts programs, academic requirements and the career academy. Newton High School T-shirts also will be on sale during the program.

For each program, transportation is not provided, and students should eat a healthy breakfast before attending the camp. Lunch will be provided at no cost to students.

Registration documents, which also are available at www.newtoncounty

schools.org under the Summer Information link, are due to current eighth-graders' middle school counselor by Thursday.

More information is available by emailing summerbridge@newton.k12.ga.us.