The faculty and staff of Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School, Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls and St. Dominic Savio Middle School recently attended a professional development day to discuss the transition of the seventh and eighth grade middle school students to the high school.
Dr. Paul Vermette, (shown right), professor of education at Niagara University, kicked off the day with a keynote "Addesson Middle School Learning and Behavioral Styles and Methods" presentation to assist educators in transitioning middle school students to a high school setting. Jolene Lambert, (center), a Niagara Catholic honors graduate now studying education at Niagara University, joined Vermette at the seminar. Lambert addressed faculty/staff with her perspectives as an NC alumni and current college student. Joining them was Robert M. DiFrancesco (left), principal at Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School.
The full-day events consisted of small group meetings to finalize recommendations for various aspects of the transition plan, including scheduling, curriculum and program enrichment concepts.
Kathleen Christy (executive director) and Cindy McDonald (program director) for the BISON Scholarship Fund addressed the group regarding aspects of this financial aid program for which seventh and eighth grade students are eligible. They reviewed application procedures and funding eligibility guidelines.