Transitions Dominate the First Week of 2013-2014

The first week proved to be an exciting and productive week.  Teachers are working to use the classroom AV systems, and students have been getting acclimated to their new teacher(s) and classrooms.  The beginning of the 2013-14 school year is marked with a lot of transition.  The transition of moving 5th grade students to the Middle School has been well-received.  Our 5th grades students have their own “wing” of the building, have separate breakfast and lunch times, and are on a different daily scheduled than the 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students.  Comments from parents of 5th grade students at the annual Open House were positive.  Certainly, utilizing the district’s newest facility in a greater capacity is a more effective way to use our precious resources.  We are still making adjustments to the student schedules in 6th, 7th, & 8th grades due to the fact that we are working to balance class sizes and accommodate almost 60 students in the 6th grade band!

The transition of our 9th grade students to the high school has gone well.  In fact, several teachers have noticed that the students in the Class of 2017 have displayed outstanding behavior and preparedness as they experienced the first week of their high school career.

The transitions at the elementary level have been sound.  At the Vera Wilsie, Mr. DeShano and the staff welcomed the students of the Class of 2026.  These kindergarten students entered school in small groups each day culminating in all kindergartners being present on Friday.  At the Velma Matson, both the 2nd grade and 3rd grade students were new to the building as a result of reconfiguring and moving 2nd grade up.  Due to the layout of the Velma Matson building, we were able to continue to physically group grade levels so teachers can work together to help students learn.  Again, we worked last spring and summer to try to be sensitive to the needs of students with these new building configurations.

Life is full of transitions.  We will continue to work to assist students so that they can learn to navigate any transition effectively.  If the first week is any indication, NPS teachers, students, and families are in for an exiting and productive year!