Students entering sixth, ninth grades get a jump start on the year - August 11, 2009

Record Number: 5251
Displayed from: Aug 11, 2009 , until: Aug 14, 2009

Fort Wayne Community Schools will welcome students entering middle and high school to their new surroundings at separate orientations this week. Sixth-graders entering middle school will participate in a Sixth-Grade Transition Day from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 13. The morning will give the students a chance to learn more about the kinds of classes they will take, such as language arts and math, as well as a time to explore and socialize. Ninth-graders entering high school will get a taste of high school life during orientation at their schools from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 13, and Friday, Aug. 14. The orientation days gives students at these two transitional grade levels the chance to learn the rules of the new school, find their lockers, walk through their schedule and practice other school routines. Addressing some of the technical parts of changing schools should ease some of the anxieties students may feel on their first day. With those issues out of the way, students can focus more directly on academics from the first day. The orientations also give students a chance to meet teachers and administrators in a different setting than a regular class day, which provides an opportunity to start building a relationship. Students will meet the people they will be able to turn to over the next few years that they are in that building. Having a strong support system is an important part of having a successful academic career. Both events also include time for parents to see the buildings their students will spend each day in, and offer an opportunity to meet teachers and administrators. FWCS welcomes all students back for the 2009-10 school year on Monday, Aug. 24.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.