Middle school!

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Middle school!
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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 1:25pm

I registered Travis for middle school yesterday. I truly can't believe it. I am all kinds of stressed out about it! LOL That's just me...I am a huge worrier and I hate change. He, on the other hand, just takes everything in stride. I love that about him. :-)

He found all his classes with no problem. He had major trouble with his locker combination, though. He must have tried 30 times and only got it open 2 or 3 times. I think he's a bit uptight about that, but I know he'll get the hang of it eventually...hopefully soon!

I was a bit disappointed with his bus schedule. He gets on the bus 15 minutes earlier than last year! That will be hard for us as he is NOT a morning person...guess we'll have to make it work! I'm hoping that there will eventually be a little slack in that time...I've noticed that the bus company tends to be a bit optimistic on their pick-up times. Usually once they get into a routine after the first couple of weeks the pick-up time has been 5-8 minutes later than what they originally told us.

His first day is the 19th. Making the most of this last week of summer vacation!!

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Registered: 08-11-2007
Wed, 08-11-2010 - 2:05pm
Travis will be fine.Not really sure why everyone makes such a big deal out of kids starting M/S.I know I did I was a basket case when Gabby went to M/S in 5th grade.I was stressed about every aspect of it from the bus ride with 8th graders to how I thought the school would not be willing to talk to parents or keep the parents informed,to the making new friends thing about the displine being over the top and so on and so on.Most if not all of my fears were in vain because everything worked out just fine,and now Gabby is starting H/S in leass than 3 weeks so I have a whole new set of fears and stresses.Gabby is pretty much like Travis and change and new experiences do not stress her out much and she can pretty much make friends in any sititution,although she is going to school with all teh same people fpor h/s.Gabby's biggest adjustment to M/S was the amount of homework she received.She went from very little in elem school,to an hour or two each night in m/s,plus there were the projects,which are my main complaint about m/s.Once she learned time managment the homework amt actually decreased.However the projects were unreal from grades 5-8.They do expect them to be a little more organized and more independant in m/s,but in Gabby's school,the expectations were gradual,in 5th and 6th grade the teacherss gave them tons of reminders,buy by 7th and 8th grade they backed off a lot,which was fine since by h/s they need to be this way.The main reason for tears the first few weeks of m/s came from the homework and the projects.

 

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 2:25pm

((hugs)) Amy!!

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Registered: 08-11-2007
Wed, 08-11-2010 - 2:37pm
I am not as stressed about AGbby starting h/s as I was about the whole m/s thing.not sure why.Maybe it is becasue they are rebuilding her h/s this year,so the h/s kids get to use the M/s building this year,so Gabby know the building really well/Plus the GC she had from grades 5-8 if moving up with them,and Gabby is a squad girl this year so she went away to band camp,so she got to meet a lot of upperclassman before the first day of school.Although on Aug 30 I will probably be a basket case,but at the moment I am telling myself I will not stress about Gab starting H/S.Orientation is tonight.

 

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 2:54pm

My biggest memory of beginning MS - in 6th grade I can't tell you how many times we went back for stuff left in the locker!

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 3:00pm

Alyssa looked like a deer in the headlights for 2 weeks when she started middle school. And it took her a week to figure out how to open her locker!

It is a tough adjustment but he'll be fine. My dd is starting high school this year and I don't think it'll be as hard a transition as middle school.

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 3:13pm

Hey Amy! Remember me?? Its been ages again...How exciting for Travis to be starting middle school, next week huh?? I am sure he will do fine and you don't have to worry at all! Brionna turns 11 next week and starts 6th grade (in middle school too) on Sept 1st. On the 26th they get their schedules and lockers and such at orientation so hopefully she can figure out/remember the locker combination. Right now all we know is who her home room teacher is and what students are in her home room. She doesn't want summer to end but I am sure she will be excited. Had to go clothes shopping this year as she is finally out of uniforms! While I hated the uniforms (I like her to be able to dress like a girl) they were easier and you needed less. She still has a dress code though, no jeans, no tshirts and no flip flops. LOL! Good luck to Travis next week!!


I really need to update Brionna's photo..this is from March...


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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 4:17pm

All this school talk has me dreading next year when my "baby" starts school. I'm sure Travis will do great. I hated those locks, too. I'm really bad at remembering numbers though.


I don't remember using my locker too much but, now,

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Wed, 08-11-2010 - 4:26pm
Now M/S(I think this is most)have no PDAS.I remember when I went to school it was called Jr high and it was 7-9 and their were couples hanging all over each other,at my dd's school boys and girls did not even sit at the same lunch table which is the opposite extreme,but wahtever.My daughters school did not have locks on the lockers so no problem there.How do they manage without backpacks.There is no way my daughter could carry all she needs to without a backpack.Will your baby be in kdg next year.That was a hard one for me,as was m/s.I am still not freaked about h/s yet but give me 2 1/2 weeks.

 

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Registered: 12-09-1999
Thu, 08-12-2010 - 9:29am

I'm sure we had no PDA rules, too, but they didn't get caught. It was a preppy little teacher's daughter and a little hood who started smoking while we were in the 4th grade together. All around a shocking scene.


Olivia will be in kinder next year. It shouldn't be such a big deal since she's at daycare all day but I know I will cry once I drop her off. She meets the state's age cutoff but not the county's. She came almost 4 weeks early and meeting that was my only consolation-lol. Got the rug yanked out from under me last year for sure.

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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 9:33am

Hope he has a great time at middle school.

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