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Transitions from Preschool to Graduation

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Transitions from Preschool to Graduation

Students play Bubble Ball at SADD Kickoff

Students play Bubble Ball at SADD Kickoff

Students play Bubble Ball at SADD Kickoff

Students play Bubble Ball at SADD Kickoff

Madilyn Barker

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Walking into the doors of a new school for the first time is terrifying.  In each stage of life a young student has to make transitions: starting school, entering Middle School, and going into High School. The Fair Grove School District does everything they can to make each transition as easy as possible for their students.

Elementary Principal Dr. Charity Hollan does her best to prepare students for their grand entrance into their education, “We start story time in April… each week we read stories, play on the playground, visit the kindergarten classrooms, have a snack in the cafeteria, and take a bus ride,” she stated. Hollan also remarks that a successful transition is, “all students and families feeling safe and comfortable with our school district.”

After elementary school comes the transition into middle school. Middle School Principal Marc Green explained what the students do to prepare for this big change, “… we bring our fourth grade students up for a quick tour of our building and to allow them to meet the fifth grade teachers. In the fall, a couple of days prior to school starting, we host our fifth grade orientation for students and parents. This allows for the kids to find their classes and get more comfortable with the building.”

One of the hardest transitions for students is from middle school to high school. High School Principal Chris Stallings says that a successful transition into high school is, “…a student who feels comfortable entering the doors each morning and not overwhelmed. If we have built our culture the way we need to, students will be at ease with the transition and look forward to coming to school each day.”

“I believe there are universal traits that will help any person be successful… Be present. You have to show up and be on time. Be respectful, be a person of high character and make good choices. Finally, give your best effort,” Stallings concluded.

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