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Next year, it’s on to high school

There is no doubt about it: going into a new school can sometimes be scary.

High school in particular seems to freak kids out. Let’s face it: sometimes it can be intimidating; it’s a new building, new teachers and those big upperclassmen.

Eighth-graders at Pagosa Springs Junior High School were asked if they are concerned or worried about making the transition to the high school.

Zac Brown answered, “I used to be, but not anymore. It’s going to be fun, but kind of sad, because you are leaving the school you have been in. it should be a fun experience.”

Julia LeLievre replied, “Getting lost, I don’t think it should be bad because I have friends and my sister in the high school.”

Morgan Shelton responded, “None, I am totally ready for high school, I didn’t really like the junior high.”

Shawnee Koster answered, “No, not really, I am ready to go to the high school.”

Kiva Maxwell replied, “No, I am ready to go to high school. I am more excited than anything.”

BaiLee Gallegos responded, “I don’t necessarily have concerns. I’m extremely excited, and just finally able to get out of the junior high. Two years is plenty of time in junior high, but I am excitedly awaiting four years in high school.”

Gabino Morales answered, “No not really, I have a couple of friends in high school.”

According to the National Middle School Association, in an article titled “Transitioning into High School,” “They (students going into high school) look forward to more freedom, more choice, the opportunity to participate in more extra curricular activities, and the opportunity to develop friendships. However, they also admit to being ‘nervous’ and ‘scared’ about older students teasing them; getting lost in their larger, unfamiliar school; and making bad grades. They are concerned that high school teachers will be more strict and that the teachers will give them much more and much harder work than they had in middle school.”

According to “Adolescent Literacy,” the best things a school can do to ensure higher graduation rates starting with the freshman year are: “Allocate resources to support and oversee the 9th-grade transition, fund programs that create intentional opportunities for positive peer network development, educate families about the importance of the 9th-grade transition, and urban schools must place an explicit focus on ‘over-determining’ success.”

The most important thing students can do to insure their success in high school is try their best, work hard, and get involved in any extra or co-curricular activities. When participating, there is an excellent opportunity to meet new people who will help and mentor you through your high school career.

The local school district, community, parents and students themselves should do all that they can to make certain that students’ transitions into high school go smoothly. Everything you do in the years before you make the transition prepares you to go to high school, and graduate successfully. The smoother the transition into high school goes, the better the next four years of high school will be.