Thursday, December 22, 2016

Fifth graders making a move to the middle school

Caitlin Carroll and Brianna Laarman
T’Hawk Staff Writers

The 2014-15 school year saw the 5th graders move from the elementary schools to Hamilton Middle School.

They were mainly moved because of the space issue according to Mr. Kramer, Co-Principal of the Middle School.

“[In the Elementary Schools] they were pretty overcrowded, [and] had classes in the hallways,” he said.

They had plenty of empty space in the middle school, so it made sense educationally to group the 5th graders with the 6th graders. So far the transition has gone smoothly among the 5th graders and teachers.

“For the most part, the kids love it,” Mrs. Custer, 5th grade teacher said. “They love the variety, they love their lockers… they love their combinations even when they don’t work.”

The 5th and 6th graders have their own end of the building. They are in the west end of the building, the hall that the 7th and 8th graders were in during previous years.

A normal 5th grade day is kind of a combination of an elementary school and a middle school day. The students are with one teacher the majority of the day, and have 2 electives as well as a Core Connections class. They have lunch 15 minutes into the 6th grade lunch period, after 3 hours of the day.

The 5th graders are liking middle school for the most part.

“[My favorite part is] probably the lockers. They have locks, I like doing it,” 5th grader Samantha Sanders said.   Samantha also said her least favorite part of middle school is “switching classes. I don’t have enough time to get to class.”

The hardest part for the teachers was the transition. Teachers had to move everything from their old classrooms to their new ones in the middle school building.

“Not everything was here at the start of the year [either]” Mrs. Custer said.

The teachers didn’t have certains things at the start of the year such as computers to use in their classrooms. Some teachers had to hold off their class activities because of the delay.

Overall the transition has gone “pretty well”  according to Mrs. Blowers, 5th grade teacher.

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