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Middle schools hold open houses

Posted: August 9, 2017 - 12:45am
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Meghan Hughes, incoming 6th grader at Stallings Island Middle School works to open her locker with the help of her mother Felicia Zapata-Hughes during open house last week.
Meghan Hughes, incoming 6th grader at Stallings Island Middle School works to open her locker with the help of her mother Felicia Zapata-Hughes during open house last week.

On a regular school day, Lakeside Middle School teacher Betsy Thompson would be in her classroom, but last week, the longtime educator turned tour guide for two days to help students navigate the school's hallways during open house.

"The excitement that you can see on their faces. Some of them are nervous, some of them are afraid, then a lot of them are just plain excited, because they see their friends from the summer," Thompson said. "So it's a lot of fun to show them where to go and let them meet their teachers and just have a good time."

Columbia County held open houses last week for its students, allowing incoming sixth graders and their parents one night all to themselves to navigate class schedules and the school hallways, without the crowds. Grades six and seven open houses followed the next night.

"They have a lot of time to get their schedule, walk through the building, follow that schedule and go to their locker, which is something they are very excited about, and nervous," said Lakeside Middle principal Felicia Turner. "So, some have been very successful, some are working on it, but it's bee a great night so far."

For this year's open house, Turner said each sixth grader would be given a small button with their graduating year, 2024, written on it.

"Just to let them know to keep working, because the ultimate goal is graduating from hig hschool and then going on," Turner said. "So that's going to be a focus for all three grade levels, that this is just a step and you have to work hard to get to the next step."

And Lakeside Middle School has taken a giant new step into the new school year, with a new certification.

At the end of last school year, the school became Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, certified.

This year, Turner said the goal is to "keep that momentum going."

"For instance, our tech lab, we have ripped everything out for that, and we have new working tables coming in, where the kids can saw and hammer and all of that," Turner said.

The tables should arrive soon and the work space should be open in the coming days.

 

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