Ogden sophomores get head start

Thursday , June 19, 2014 - 6:20 AM

OGDEN -- Everything’s bigger in high school, from the buildings to the learning expectations and activities.

To help students successfully make the move up from junior high to high school, Ogden School District offers “Sophomore Summer Transition” programs.

“The district is trying to be pro-active at helping sophomores come into school, and get right on top of things,” said Melanie Clifford, who is coordinating the program at Ben Lomond High School. “The kids have mini-classes — that are fun — and it gets them used to knowing the buildings, and knowing where they’re going.”

Students also receive school supplies, including a binder with tabs to help keep them organized.

“Sophomore Summer Transition” programs run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. daily, Aug. 6-8, at both Ben Lomond High School, at 1080 9th St., and Ogden High School at 2828 Harrison Blvd.

The programs are free, but pre-registration is required to make sure there will be enough food and supplies for all participants. To sign up for “Sophomore Summer Transition” at Ben Lomond High, email Melanie Clifford at cliffordm@ogdensd.org, or call 801-737-7865. To be part of the fun at Ogden High, contact Nicole Wardle at 801-737-8759 or wardlen@ogdensd.org. Leave a message with your name and contact information.

“I would like applications in by the end of June, because it takes time to make sure I have everything ordered,” said Clifford.

In addition to the mini-classes, which cover everything from cooking tasty treats to navigating the school’s web site and sources for homework help, there will be assemblies where teens meet the school cheerleaders, learn the school song, and get to know students from different junior high schools.



“Both schools have several students, seniors, who are handpicked to be ambassadors to incoming tenth graders,” Clifford said. “We have Weber State train them in leadership ... and they’re here to help kids adjust to high school life. They do activities throughout the year to help them keep on task, and achieve success in high school.”

Catered food will be served each day, and parents are invited to a luncheon on the final day when kids receive an award for completing the “Sophomore Summer Transition” program.

“The kids have loved it the last three years,” Clifford said of the programs. “They have really loved it.”

Contact reporter Becky Wright at 801-625-4274 or bwright@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @ReporterBWright.

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