transition of sixth graders to Kodiak Middle School this year, after several
years at town elementary schools, is going smoothly. KMXT’s Casey Kelly has
officials updated the school board on the first few weeks of having sixth
graders at the middle school during Monday night’s work session. KMS Principal
Steve Doerksen says so far things have gone according to plan.
1 :15s “…to
have them with us.”)
says there are currently 143 sixth grade students attending KMS, and they
occupy their own separate wing of the school.
2 :19s “…with
the other grade levels.”)
at the town’s four elementary schools caused the district to move sixth graders
to the middle school, which has been a sixth through eighth grade building at
various points in the past. The only elementary school to keep sixth grade
students this year is Peterson Elementary, where Beth Cole is in her first year
Cole says the
transition at Peterson has been a little bit more complicated. The school
currently has only 30 sixth grade students—too many for one classroom, too few
for two. But Cole says she and her staff brainstormed ways to incorporate the
block schedule used at the middle school into their instruction of sixth
graders, while combining some fifth and sixth grade classrooms.
(Cole 1 :20s “…working
The schedule calls
for sixth graders to do their core classes, such as language arts and math in
the morning. Then in the afternoon they have time for music and physical
education. Cole says they’re also planning to incorporate an elective period,
where the students could take foreign language, technology or art classes.
(Cole 2 :20s “…this
model provides that.”)
surveyed parents of incoming sixth graders prior to the school year and found
overwhelming support for moving the sixth grade classes to the middle school.
I’m Casey Kelly.