The transition from elementary school into middle school can be hard for many students. The staff and administration of Sampson Middle School eased the concerns of rising sixth grade students by hosting summer academy, a two hour orientation for all sixth graders.
Rising sixth graders were invited to attend the academy as an informal chance to meet some of their new classmates and learn what to expect when they begin school in just a little more than a week.
Sampson Middle teachers Gary McMillian, Grayson Ward, Vanessa Garcia and Eddie King, along with principal Greg Dirks and assistant principal Lakechisa Phillips, guidance counselors Mary Carol Todd and Katrina Boykin and student volunteers Carrington Dirks and Isa Banks assisted students by answering questions and addressing concerns many of the students have about starting a new school.
“Today was a day that will hopefully reduce concerns or anxiety that students may be feeling right now one and a half weeks prior to their sixth grade year, those that attended were provided in depth tours of the school and rotated through three classrooms for lessons in math, science and language arts,” Todd said about last week’s sessions.
There was a brief information session on pick up/drop off procedures, dress code expectations, and arrival/departure times and then students were divided into groups for a tour of campus that ended in their respective classrooms. After rotating through each of the classes for a 20-25 minute lesson, students returned to the group session for parting questions and lunch.
“We have dedicated teachers and personnel at Sampson Middle School, and we all want our rising sixth graders to feel at home on the very first day of sixth grade,” Dirks said. “The students need to know where to go, and what the expectations are so that they can be most successful and comfortable starting on the first day.”
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