Sixth Sense eases students into middle school


By Don Brown



Photos Don Brown | GC News-Gazette GCMS Assistant Principal Becky Miller spoke to the students and parents who were in the middle school auditorium for the second day of Sixth Sense, a program designed to make the transition of students into the sixth grade a smooth one.


Sixth-grade students from Team 8 presented their ideas for Healthy Homework Habits.


These students from Team 7 gave a presentation listing reasons to attend GCMS. L-R: Lillie Payne, Mikah Lee, Annie Kiper, and Kenleigh Willis.


Team 9 members listing the top-10 reasons to attend GCMS were, L-R: Taylor Pendleton, Cameron Pawley, Brady Stone, Sara Whobrey, Phoebe Jo Spears, and Isaac Bell.


Leaving elementary school as fifth-graders and moving to the middle school as sixth graders can be an unsure, stressful time for young students.

To help ease that process, the faculty and staff of GCMS held a two day introductory session for those students and their parents entitled Sixth Sense.

On Wednesday, the first day of the program, students were introduced to their teachers and found where their classrooms were. They were also introduced to the school’s team system. All of the students will be members of teams 7, 8, or 9 and their classes will be in basically the same area of the school.

On Thursday, parents joined their students and heard presentations from the teachers and staff about what can be expected of them.

The students learned the GCMS Expectations: Give your best at all times; Consider and respect others; Make a positive difference in people’s lives; Strive for excellence.

Assembling in the school auditorium, the students listened as assistant principals and counselors spoke about life as a student at GCMS. Topics such as bullying, dress codes and Cougar Bucks were discussed. Cougar Bucks are awarded students for a variety of reasons, including good work and outstanding behavior, and can be redeemed for prizes.

It can be expected that the sixth graders arriving for the first day of school will have some of the strangeness removed from their experience and have an easier time in transitioning into middle school life.

Photos Don Brown | GC News-Gazette GCMS Assistant Principal Becky Miller spoke to the students and parents who were in the middle school auditorium for the second day of Sixth Sense, a program designed to make the transition of students into the sixth grade a smooth one.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Becky.jpgPhotos Don Brown | GC News-Gazette GCMS Assistant Principal Becky Miller spoke to the students and parents who were in the middle school auditorium for the second day of Sixth Sense, a program designed to make the transition of students into the sixth grade a smooth one.

Sixth-grade students from Team 8 presented their ideas for Healthy Homework Habits.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Team-8.jpgSixth-grade students from Team 8 presented their ideas for Healthy Homework Habits.

These students from Team 7 gave a presentation listing reasons to attend GCMS. L-R: Lillie Payne, Mikah Lee, Annie Kiper, and Kenleigh Willis.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Team-7.jpgThese students from Team 7 gave a presentation listing reasons to attend GCMS. L-R: Lillie Payne, Mikah Lee, Annie Kiper, and Kenleigh Willis.

Team 9 members listing the top-10 reasons to attend GCMS were, L-R: Taylor Pendleton, Cameron Pawley, Brady Stone, Sara Whobrey, Phoebe Jo Spears, and Isaac Bell.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Tm-9-Homework.jpgTeam 9 members listing the top-10 reasons to attend GCMS were, L-R: Taylor Pendleton, Cameron Pawley, Brady Stone, Sara Whobrey, Phoebe Jo Spears, and Isaac Bell.

By Don Brown

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