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Moving To Middle School Isn’t Easy

Hannah McDevitt frantically organized and reorganized the brightly colored binders, pens and notebooks in her new locker in Coeur d’Alene’s Canfield Middle School. The anxious sixth-grader wanted to be ready when classes start today. She’s fretting about whether she’ll be able to get her locker open and get to classes on time. Classmate Paige Drechsel, just a few lockers away, is worried about forgetting things she needs for class. Canfield’s incoming sixth-graders spent a couple of hours at their new school last week, attending a motivational workshop, meeting their mentors and taking a school tour to help their first day go a little smoother. Leaving a familiar elementary school for a busier, more crowded middle school is the toughest transition kids make during their K-12 career, according to the National Association of School Psychologists/Jody Lawrence-Turner, SR. More here. (SR photo by Jesse Tinsley: Incoming sixth-graders listen to orientation speaker Stu Cabe in the gym at Canfield Middle School in Coeur d’Alene on Thursday)

Question: Do you remember how it felt to move to a new and/or bigger school?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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