Stonewall Flanders fifth grade students get a taste of middle school

Moving up from elementary to middle school can be an overwhelming experience, which is why Stonewall Flanders organized a Transition Conference for fifth grade students.

The campus teamed up with their feeder school, Leal Middle School, to develop a comprehensive approach to take the big leap.  

“We are trying to mentally prepare the students for middle school,” Stonewall Flanders Counselor Joseph Manjarrez explained. “I think this will help take away the fear of not knowing what to expect.”

The conference was held at STEM Early College High School and it kicked-off with welcoming remarks from campus principal Dr. Eddie Rodriguez. The idea was for the students to see STEM ECHS as an option after middle school.

Harlandale ISD Coordinator of Student Support Services Deborah Hernandez and Stonewall Flanders Elementary Principal Cynthia Perez followed the welcoming remarks by speaking about the importance of education.  

Public Information Officer Andrew Fernandez served as the keynote speaker and shared his own story of making the transition from fifth grade to middle school. He encouraged the students to believe in themselves and always be proud of where they come from, but more importantly, to be proud of where they are going.  

After the assembly, the students broke up into different sessions that touched on college awareness, cyber bullying and peer pressure. Additionally, a student panel from Leal Middle School was on hand to answer questions from the fifth grade students.

“By bringing in the middle school students, it kind of lessens the fear because they can ask questions that are geared towards students,” Manjarrez added.

By the time the student panel session was over, students were excited about the different sports and electives that awaited them in middle school.   

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