High School Freshmen Summer LAUNCH Program

Fox Chapel Area High School is, once again, sponsoring a unique program that helps rising ninth graders be better prepared for high school. The freshmen 2017 Summer LAUNCH program is being held at the high school July 17-21 from 9 a.m.-12 noon each day. LAUNCH stands for Learning And Understanding the Necessities of College and High school. The program is free and is open to all upcoming Fox Chapel Area High School freshmen.

The program, developed by district teachers and administrators, teaches skills that will help incoming freshmen be more successful in high school through five days of activities focused on orientation and academic preparation. All classes will be staffed by Fox Chapel Area High School professional educators and support staff. Incoming freshmen students will participate in a series of orientation activities and build strategies to improve academic performance, time management, and organizational skills. The program will also feature guided tours of the high school and important messages from several keynote speakers.

According to high school program principal Dan Lentz, Ph.D., the program is both fun and informative. “I think all the freshmen who attend will feel much better prepared for their next four years,” Dr. Lentz said. “They’ll feel better academically, they’ll know the building a lot better, they’ll get to meet a lot of our teachers, and they’ll also get to meet some upperclassmen.”

Some of the highlights of the program are:

•Monday, July 17 – The incoming students will tour the school, as well as hear presentations on the ins and outs of high school life by Fox Chapel Area High School upperclassmen.

•Tuesday, July 18, at 11 a.m. – Keynote speaker Leon Strimel, the prevention educator from Crisis Center North, will discuss healthy relationships with the students.

•Wednesday, July 19, at 11 a.m. – Improv actor Kevin Erdner will discuss the importance of confidence, commitment, perseverance, and openness to new ideas and ideas from others.

•Thursday, July 20, at 11 a.m. – Mike Cook, Cybersecurity Assurance, CERT from the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University will address cybersecurity, cyber profiles, social media, and privacy rights with the students.

•Friday, July 21, at 9 a.m. – Keynote speaker Roberto Clemente Jr., son of baseball great Roberto Clemente as well as a baseball broadcaster and former Major League Baseball player, will talk with the students about success and leadership.

Additionally, every day will feature classroom activities that focus on building the incoming freshmen’s executive functioning skills including time management, organization, study skills, etc.