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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, August 08, 2017 12:00 pm

FWCS transition day gives students a head start

Although the academic year won't begin until next week, groups of sixth-graders today roamed Lakeside Middle School's halls during a scavenger hunt designed to help them learn the building.

The activity was part of Transition Day, which gave incoming sixth-graders in Fort Wayne Community Schools an opportunity to meet their teachers, practice their locker combination and ask questions without the distraction of seventh- and eighth-graders.

The first day of school for FWCS is Aug. 15.

Principal Alan Jones, whose office was included in the scavenger hunt, said students can feel anxiety when they move from the "top of the food chain" at the elementary level to becoming a "small sixth-grader."

The change comes with a new building, new rules and new people, he said.

"That can be daunting for an 11-year-old," he said.

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