The first 2 weeks of June at Jackson County Middle School held tremendous opportunities for incoming 6th graders. Colonel Camp is a 3 day orientation program designed to ease the transition from elementary school to middle school. Students participate in a variety of academic, social, and art activities.
Colonel Camp provides students with the time needed to adjust to middle school in a relaxed and informal environment. Students get to tour the building, explore the gym and library, and visit classrooms. Students are given copies of the dress code and told important upcoming requirements for enrollment, such as the required vaccinations. Students also participate in ice breaker activities, explore their learning styles, and create original art among other exciting activities.
The most ambitious project attempted is a quilted bookmark created with the help of teaching artist Devonna Hisel. Each day Ms. Devonna teaches students to sew, iron, and tack a bookmark. Each student gets to choose his or her own fabric and color scheme. Ms. Devonna’s services are provided with the help of VSA Kentucky The State Organization on Arts and Disability.
This year Colonel Camp was privileged to have the assistance of the JCMS GEAR UP team of Jordan Hays, Allison McQueen, Kayla Morgan, and David York. Their service was a valuable asset to this year’s program. Every year Colonel Camp has a fabulous student volunteer, Miss Paige Margison. Miss Paige is able to relate to students on a student to student basis. Colonel Camp is lucky to have her.
Colonel Camp is a fabulous way to introduce students to middle school. The camp is made possible by Jackson County Public Schools, the Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors, and VSA Kentucky The State Organization on Arts and Disability, and the generous support of the Jackson County Middle Youth Services Center and its director Tammy Morgan.
JCMS hopes that every student has a wonderful summer, and we look forward to seeing you in August!