Jumpstart Program Completes Another Successful Year
The Notre Dame Freshman Jumpstart Program, under the direction of Mr. Sean Cancy, took place last week. Each year Mr. Clancy is joined by Mrs. Maley, Mrs. Ward, Mr. Stephan and Ms. Wargo. This year special thanks go to Mr. Dingle, Ms. Coppola and Coach McKenna for leading our afternoon seminars! Our faculty members are committed to the program and making a difference for our incoming freshmen. Each year they provide a great experience for the students.
This year was no exception despite the fact that the students and faculty members had to pivot to cyberlearning. The 40 students who participated in the program were provided with an invaluable “jump start” to their high school experience along with social acclimation for a successful transition. Most importantly the students were introduced to ten ND faculty members who they are now familiar with and can use as touchpoints for anything they need during their four years at Notre Dame.
Academically there is an emphasis on high school preparedness in the areas of STEM, Language, Algebra, Religion, English and History as well as written and oral expression. Proven study skills and test-taking strategies geared to each specific content area were taught by our dedicated faculty members. Students took part in activities that left them with an understanding of social skills, mindfulness, behavioral expectations, appropriate high school classroom conduct, and tools to handle the anxiety and stress that may come with their transition to high school.
The teachers of the Jumpstart program were truly honored to get to know each and every one of the incoming freshmen who attended the virtual program. One of the students who completed Jumpstart said, “I saw that everyone at Notre Dame treats everyone as equals. I learned that there are so many opportunities to try new things out and see if I like them.”
Our hope is that all the students will share what they have learned with their classmates and help them become acclimated to high school. To the entire Class of 2024: Welcome to Notre Dame! We look forward to seeing you in the Fall!
Located on 100 beautiful acres in Central New Jersey, Notre Dame High School, founded in 1957, is a college preparatory school for grades 9 - 12, preparing young men and women for lives of purpose, built upon a foundation of Catholic faith, with a commitment to academics, co-curricular activities and service to others.