Chris Footman, left, gets some information from North Clay 7th grade math teacher Russ True Monday during the school's Step Up Day Camp. Footman is not only new to the Middle School but also new to the area. He and his family just moved to Clay County this year.
North Clay Middle School had their "Step Up Day Camp" Monday at the school. The program is a one-day event designed to give incoming sixth graders a jump start on their transition to Middle School.
Students had an opportunity to receive their schedules, walk through each period in the academic day, meet their teachers, receive special information to prepare them for the beginning of school, eat lunch in the cafeteria and practice opening their lockers.
The North Clay Ambassadors, a group of 8th graders chosen by staff who help with school functions, were available to guide the new students. They helped direct 6th graders to different locations and showed them how to open their lockers.
North Clay Middle School Guidance Director Jan Choate said the turn out was very good.
"Pre-registration showed that 80 percent of the kids came today," Choate said. "That's approximately 250 students."
Chris Footman, a 6th grader whose family just moved to Clay County this year, thought the program was a good idea.
"I was a little nervous about the first day at middle school," he said. 'But it's going to be OK."
The overall goal of the program is to help the students feel comfortable entering the building and to get them acclimated to their new environment before school starts.