6th Graders Get a Jump Start on Middle School

staff greeting students

How do you help 225 sixth graders get ready for their first day at Sunridge Middle School? You teach them how to open their lockers.

On Monday, August 26th, Sunridge had its first 6th Grade Jump Start, a new event that Principal Dave Williams said his teachers have requested for a couple of years. The intent is for sixth-grade students to get their own orientation before the first day of school and learn a little about navigating the school before they are joined by seventh and eighth graders. “This is an opportunity for staff to make positive connections with just our sixth graders and devote one hundred percent attention to them. This reduces some of the first-day anxiety for everyone,” Williams said.  

The day started at 9:00 AM with an assembly in the gym, where Williams encouraged students to think of sixth grade as a fresh start and to make new friends this year. After an energetic game of Simon Says, Sunridge’s teachers were introduced. Then, students joined their teachers and went to their homeroom classrooms. Teachers collected students’ supplies, reviewed school and classroom rules and expectations, discussed how to organize your binder and of course, talked about lockers.

Teacher John Scanlan showed a video about how to open the combination on your locker and Chris Demianew discussed assigning top lockers to taller students and bottom lockers to shorter students. “What if we are medium height?” asked one student. “We’ll work it out,” Demianew assured him.

After practicing as groups opening their lockers in the hallways, most students seemed more confident about the first day of school and ready to begin their middle school experiences.

To view more photos of Jump Start, please visit the District Facebook page.

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