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|Thu, 07-31-2003 - 12:54pm|
Overall, I think it was a good experience because it gave them a chance to wander around and figure out where things are. Stephen has a difficult time at the beginning of every new school year, so I was willing to stay there as long as it took to make him feel comfortable. The set-up of the school is great, though, with all the 6th grade classrooms in the same area of one hallway. They only have to leave that area for band, gym, lunch, etc. It's nothing like when I was in Jr. High and they had a separate hallway for each academic area, so we had to go from one end of the building to another for each class.
We saw a few boys that Stephen knows. One was in his art class, and 2 in gym, I think. All 4 of them were in different homerooms, and he hasn't found anyone in an academic class the same yet. Then he got a call from a friend, and they are in the same homeroom, so at least that's one guy he'll see first thing when he gets there.
Does your school do something like this before school starts? If not, when/how do you get your schedules?
Also, they use "block" scheduling here. So he has language arts on M & W, but Social Studies on T & Th. Then on Friday, they go to every class, but for half the time. Social Studies and Language Arts are 4 periods. Math and Science are 2. Band, PE/Health, and Art are one each (They go on alternate days.). Lunch wasn't on his schedule so I don't know if the whole 6th grade eats at the same time or what. There's only about 200 in the class. Very confusing to me, but I'm sure he'll get the hang of it. Do any of your schools do this kind of scheduling?
P.S. I'm having company tonight for the weekend, so I may not be able to check back a lot right away, but I'll be here soon.