Middle school students anticipate transition
Recently, a survey went out to the current 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Each of these students told their concerns for coming to Loyalton High School, the positive things they are looking forward to at LHS, what the staff could do to help ease them into the new transition and some positive things LHS students could do.
Nearly all the 6th, 7th and 8th graders stated in the survey that they were looking forward to the lockers, new teachers, different classes, and new gymnasium and high school sports.
Some concerns from the 6th and 7th grade levels were, that they might be picked on by the older high school kids, that they might learn bad choices from older kids and older boyfriend/girlfriend issues because of not knowing the real age of someone.
Most 8th graders were concerned about having the younger kids with them.
Some other percentages that came from the current 6th graders were as follows:
• 47% positive about having lockers.
• 24% happy about high school sports.
• 29% happy about a gymnasium.
• 57% afraid they’re going to be picked on by older LHS students.
• 24% didn’t like the fact that they weren’t going to experience middle school anymore.
• 72% asked for LHS students to give advice.
• 19% asked for LHS students to help them understand the schedule and the classes that they will be taking.
Some other percentages that came from the current 7th graders follow:
• 37% were concerned about being picked on or not being treated fairly.
• 18% were concerned about being pressured.
• 29% were concerned about the age relationship of boyfriends and girlfriends.
• 33% asked LHS students to make them feel welcome and wanted here.
• 29% asked LHS students to be friendly to them.
Some other percentages that came from the current 8th graders – incoming freshmen — were as follows:
• 33% were happy about new teachers and classes.
• 45% were happy about high school sports.
• 66% were concerned about having younger students with them.
• 29% were concerned about alcohol/drugs.
• 25% asked the staff to help keep the LMS and LHS separate as much as possible.
• 8% asked the staff to help them feel welcome.
• 13% asked the staff to support them in their choices here at LHS.
• 45% asked current LHS students to be friendly and make them feel wanted and welcomed here at LHS.
• 8% asked LHS students to help them with the way around LHS.
In total, all students moving over to LHS have some kind of concerns as well as some positive aspects of attending school on the high school campus to which they are looking forward.
We all need to do our part in making the younger students who will be attending classes on the high school campus feel welcome and wanted – whether they are incoming freshmen or incoming middle school students.
This change can be for the better. We all can just make the most and best of the situation.
Many of the middle schoolers are worried about coming over here, and as older, more mature high schoolers, we should do our part in making them feel welcome and as comfortable here as we can. After all, we were middle school students once, too.