Brochures Transition to middle school | Page 2

Welcome to middle school S tarting middle school is a time of great excitement, growth and discovery. Most students look forward to middle school because it means they are growing up and gaining independence. At the same time, the transition to middle school can be a little scary. Students may be apprehensive about meeting a lot of new people, getting lost in a large school building, or having a hard time with their locker combination. We are working hard to make sure that your child feels at home when he or she joins our school next fall. Almost every middle school in the Anoka-Hennepin School District has a program designed to make sixth graders feel comfortable throughout their first year of middle school. Where Everybody Belongs–known as WEB–trains eighth grade student leaders to welcome sixth grade students to the school. WEB student leaders help new students learn survival skills, such as how to use their planners, how to organize their schoolwork and how to get from class to class. They help students learn what it takes to be successful in middle school. *Anoka Middle School does not have a WEB program at this time. Parents/guardians play an important role in helping young people adjust to middle school. Tips on how you can help your child be successful in middle school are included in this guide. Helping all students succeed ● Schools provide a variety of before- and after-school programs for students who need help with homework or help understanding their coursework. ● The EXCEL program is available to help motivate students with low grade point averages and to teach them strategies to be more successful in school. ● A variety of support groups are available to meet social and emotional needs of students. ● English Language Learners (ELL) programs are available for students who are learning English. ● Special education services are available for students with special needs. 1 Advisement periods Daily 20-minute advisement periods help ease the transition to middle school. The advisement period is similar to a homeroom. Students meet in groups of 20 to 25 with a teacher or other staff member who is their adviser. This has been scheduled at the end of the school day at all middle schools to give teachers an opportunity to check in with students and remind them to complete their homework. A variety of activities are planned during the period: ● Teachers monitor academic progress of students, check homework logs and grades online. ● Students discuss themes in the Anoka-Hennepin Character Education program. ● Students have time for reading, math games, word challenges and academic enrichment activities.