The 8th graders had the opportunity to participate in “Challenge Day” at Caumsett Park. This has become a long-standing tradition for the Junior High and a beloved and emotional event for all involved. This special day hosts a very unique and supportive learning environment. Students participated in ice-breaker games and were placed in carefully selected groups meant to take kids out of their comfort zones, breaking down cliques, barriers and creating new friendships. In addition, students worked on team building and problem-solving skills. All groups were facilitated by BOCES trained teachers as well as co-supervised by a member of the CSH faculty. Eighth graders were taken on a hike where groups were left at different drop points with maps and compasses in hand, challenging themselves to make it back to base camp. We are very grateful to the staff at the Caumsett State Historic Park for this fabulous day.