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Waimea Middle School Welcomes Fifth-Grade Families to Virtual Transition Night

April 3, 2022, 4:00 PM HST
* Updated April 3, 1:09 PM
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To make sure the transition between fifth and sixth grade is smooth and successful, Waimea Middle School is inviting fifth-graders and their families to a virtual transition night.

Photo from Waimea Middle School website.

“The transition from fifth to sixth grade and middle school is one of the most exciting and sometimes daunting experiences in a child’s years in school,” said a press release from Waimea Middle School. “The campus environment changes from one or two classrooms to five or more classrooms, with many more teachers and staff to interact with on a daily basis. Academic and behavior expectations are ratcheted up. The need to become better organized is critical. And all of this when pandemic conditions will require continued caution for everyone’s safety.”

To start on the right foot, the virtual sixth-grade Transition Night aims to prepare fifth-grade students and their families for the transition ahead. The event is slated for 5-5:45 p.m. Thursday, April 7, and is free and accessible via Google Meets.

The program will begin with Waimea Middle School Principal Janice English introducing the sixth-grade teacher team and key staff, who will briefly discuss the importance of a strong partnership between home and school and then review plans for the year ahead.

The presentation also will include a virtual tour of campus plus a drone flight out to Mala‘ai School Garden and the school’s new two-story, nine-classroom Keaoākea STEAM Learning Center. There will be time for questions, or families can schedule a follow-up meeting. In addition, in-person campus visits are welcome.

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“As a public conversion charter school, our goal is to integrate strong academics with ‘Ike Hawai‘i and hands-on garden experiences, counseling, tutoring, enrichment opportunities (athletics, robotics, technology, student leadership and art), field trips and service learning projects so that every student has the tools they need to be successful in sixth grade and beyond,” said English in the press release.

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For more information or to set up a meeting or campus visit, call 887-6090, ext. 222. For more information about Waimea Middle School, click here.

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