As the snow levels in town begin to taper off and thoughts of spring start to bloom, 5th grade students (and teachers) begin to think of the not-so-far-off transition to Middle School. Although the physical move to middle school only requires a limited number of steps down a familiar hallway, the mental transition can be much more involved and is often a source excitement and stress for both students and parents alike. Fear not, just check out the attached photo of our current 6th graders competing for the attention of the amazing Mrs. Mulvihill, the 6th grade Language Arts teacher!
At Seven Peaks we are intentional about making sure that kids have a smooth, fun and functional transition to 6th grade. Relationships between current 5th graders and their soon-to-be middle school teachers and peers are created and fostered through several meaningful activities, such as…
- Increased attendance of 5th graders at 6th grade culminations. For example we just watched an amazing 6th grade “Pop – Opera” performance that excited the kids about possible 6th grade performances
- Move up Day – In June we will head over to Shevlin Park for a full day of team building activities that will allow our 5th graders to get to know their Middle School teachers and 6th grade peers
- For parents, we will host several spring meetings to answer questions about what to expect socially, emotionally and academically in the year to come
- Locker Combination Training – Believe it or not, being able to easily open a locker seems to be a common source of worry for 5th graders
In short, we will make sure that our 5th grade kids feel excited and comfortable about their move to “the other hall” of the school. With caring and talented teachers like Mrs. Mulvihill and Mr Gylling, it is easy and realistic to have high expectations about the middle school years to come