At Camden Catholic High School we recognize the transition from middle school to high school can be challenging. This transition is marked with significant changes; students encounter new friends, new academic expectations, and new social activities. Our freshmen come from approximately 80 different schools so we know while it can be a time of excitement it also may be a time of anxiety. The Freshman Transition Program at Camden Catholic seeks to assist incoming freshmen grow and develop spiritually, academically and socially so students know they belong to an Irish family that cares about them and encourages them to find their purpose. Below is a brief description of different aspects of the Freshman Transition program, important contact information and helpful resources for freshmen.
Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Link Crew is made up of junior and senior students specially trained to serve as role models and mentors to the freshmen. Link Crew welcomes the freshmen at the Link Crew orientation day, leads academic follow up sessions on topics such as time management and setting priorities, and social follow up sessions to encourage freshmen to become involved in the Camden Catholic High School Community.
Freshman Meetings take place during activity period at regular intervals throughout the year. These meetings are meant to help students embrace the values and traditions of Camden Catholic. The meetings address spiritual, behavioral, and academic topics in an effort to keep students informed and prepared for an entire year of first time experiences. In the first month of school students will attend two meetings each week with one dedicated to study skills.
Academic Watch seeks to assist students who may struggle with the new expectations in academic work. Grades for freshmen will be monitored by the Vice Principal of Academic Affairs every two weeks. If a freshman student is failing two classes at the two week check, the freshman student will be put on academic watch, will not be able to participate in the daily activity period and will report to the Vice Principal of Student Services for academic coaching and assistance in a monitored study hall.
September 14, 2018: Freshman BBQ and Parent Social
February 8, 2019: Freshman Semi-Formal
We are here to help:
Questions on Activities – Vice Principal of Student Services- Ms. Ann Clinton
Questions on Academic Issues -Vice Principal of Academic Affairs- Ms. Eileen Wilkinson
Questions on Guidance Services- Director of Guidance and Freshman Counselor- Mrs. Barbara Cortese
Questions on Campus Ministry- Director of Catholic Identity- Fr. Joseph Capella
Questions on Service Learning Requirement- Service Learning Coordinator- Mrs. Paula Mueller
Questions on Attendance and Discipline- Dean of Students- Mr. Douglas Wallace
Questions on Freshman Student Government Activities- Freshman Moderator- Mrs. Joya Oasin
Helpful Study Skills
For Time Management
Flash Card Maker
Test Taking Strategies