F.O.R.C.E. Camp Prepares Incoming Freshmen for High School

The F.O.R.C.E. is with Villa!

Twenty-three members of the Class of 2020 boldly went where few students have gone before and participated in the inaugural F.O.R.C.E. — Freshmen Optimizing Readiness Confidence and Excitement — high school readiness camp.  Students spent their first week building the skills necessary for success in Humanities and Social Science classes.  Week 2 focused on those skills needed for STEM-oriented subjects.

Each day began and ended with team-building experiences, with an emphasis on one of the daily themes, or keys, to high school success. These keys included faith, grit, responsibility, integrity, precision, creativity and teamwork.  Developed by Curriculum Director Jeane McNamara, instruction was led by a team of Villa teachers that included Liz Sandberg, Natalie Murray, Bobby Cucinella, Joel Crouse, Amy Smith, Michelle DeLaurentis, and Erica White. Recent Villa graduates Emily Legaard ’15 and Holly Funk ’15 also participated in leading the camp activities.

Participant Brenna Magness said, “I grew a lot in being more comfortable and confident with being a leader.” Camper Olivia Bertoline noted that her greatest area of growth was, “Being open to try new things and meet new people.”

Look for increased opportunities for onsite academic camps at Villa Maria for Summer 2017.