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Mamaroneck Students Get Jump Start on High School

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The transition from middle school to high school can be overwhelming for some students, but 44 incoming freshman will get an early orientation as part of a new program called Project Jump Start, which helps to ease that transition.

"Our goal is to give them some additional assistance before they start high school," said Mary Cronin, a history teacher at Mamaroneck High School.

The Jump Start Program, which is a first-year program funded by a grant from the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation, began Aug. 22 and lasts eight days. Cronin, along with three other teachers, equip the 44 students with general skills and acquaint them with the school through four 35 minute sessions each day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The program began with an orientation breakfast for the incoming freshman and their parents Monday morning. Tuesday, students were split up into smaller groups and moved from class-to-class during the morning sessions, held by the four teachers.

Cronin's session begins with a tour of the Kemper Memorial, located in the field directly in front of the high school. The 10-minute tour gives the kids a foundation of the school's history, Cronin said. The remainder of the time is spent in the classroom performing a scavenger hunt for different bits of information found in a textbook.

"My focus is on skills that are really for every subject," Cronin said.

Emily Dombroff, the high school info teacher, holds her session in the computer lab, where she teaches the group how to use the school network, log on to their e-mail and read their schedules, which will be mailed to all students Friday.

"It definitely takes a little bit of getting used to," said Dombroff, who gave a power-point presentation on how the high school schedule works and answered the students' questions. "The program helps work out the kinks."

All incoming freshman begin school on Sept. 7. The first full-day of school for all students in Sept. 8.

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