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Many elementary school students do not make a smooth transition to middle school. Going from being the oldest students in their elementary school to a totally new environment where they are "low man on the totem pole" is not an experience many students look forward to having. But an idea being implemented at some middle schools might help.

Middle schools that are trying to ease students' transition to a new environment, new approaches, and new expectations often send a "special newsletter" to the parents of students who will be transitioning to their school. The newsletter informs parents of a two-day transitional program for incoming students. That program takes place a week before the school year begins.

The program recognizes that many students lose a significant amount of quality instructional time during the first weeks of school. For that reason, this transition program helps students with tasks that might otherwise confuse and upset them. For example, students get help with locating and opening their lockers, finding their way around the school, getting P.E. uniforms, meeting teachers, connecting with students who might be transitioning from other schools, and handling new lunchroom procedures.

School administrators feel that students who attend this special two-day transition program will start the year more confident and ready to learn.

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