Fifth graders prepare for middle school

Fifth graders prepare for middle school
Posted on 06/08/2018

The transition from elementary to middle school can be an overwhelming and stressful experience for some students. 

In an effort to minimize some of the anxiety and concerns associated with this transition, more than 300 fifth-grade students from Adams, Stonewall Flanders, Columbia Heights and Collier Elementary Schools attended a Transition Conference at Palo Alto College’s Performing Arts Building on June 1.

HISD Superintendent Rey Madrigal and Leal MS Principal Geraldine Balleza welcomed all the students, parents and teachers in attendance and offered a few words of encouragement.

“We are proud of your current accomplishments, and we celebrate you and your families as you reach this milestone,” Madrigal said. “As you leave elementary school, you are taking all the things that you learned with you. You are definitely going to be experiencing new opportunities and some challenges that can be very rewarding. We want to wish you continued success, and we congratulate every single one of you for your accomplishments.”

Afterwards, the conference featured five different sessions to address a variety of topics, including organizational skills, pressures of middle schools, drug prevention, bullying, cyber safety, and college and career awareness

In one session, the students had the opportunity to hear from a group of Leal MS sixth-graders, who shared their personal experiences about their own transition to middle school. The fifth-graders learned what to expect regarding passing periods, subjects, sports, extracurricular activities and more.

A parent information session was also available for parents interested in successful transition tips and information about middle school routines.

For Columbia Heights ES Counselor Sylvia Servin, the transition conference is a great opportunity for students to meet their future principal and get a lot of their questions answered.

“The students are nervous and worried, and so getting to see their principal, and see who their counselor and social worker will be next year, and getting those names with faces, brings anxiety down a bit,” Servin said. “We had some good presenters and fun activities to help get them ready for their sixth grade year.”

Good luck, future Apaches!



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