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June 18, 2018

Mexico 4th Graders Begin Transition To Middle School


MEXICO – After five years of foundational education at Palermo, Mexico and New Haven elementary schools, each fourth grader is well prepared for the next step of their Mexico Academy and Central School District educational journey: middle school.

Ian Fagan, incoming Mexico Middle School fifth grader from New Haven Elementary, raises his hand to ask a question during the recent fourth-to-fifth grade orientation event.

Ian Fagan, incoming Mexico Middle School fifth grader from New Haven Elementary, raises his hand to ask a question during the recent fourth-to-fifth grade orientation event.

All Mexico fourth grade classes recently attended an orientation event at Mexico Middle School where they were warmly welcomed by current students in grades five through eight and teachers who were eager to have them as students for the 2018-19 school year.

As they settled into the auditorium, they were treated to performances by the school’s jazz band, to which seventh and eighth grade band director Kevin Upcraft encouraged them to become involved in the many musical programs that Mexico Middle School has to offer.

“We’re really excited to have you here,” he said.

Principal Kim Holliday said life at the middle school will serve as an opportunity to make new friends, become more challenged academically and to be one cohesive fifth grade unit.

She provided a brief overview of the fifth grade teachers, important staff members, scheduling information, school supply needs, transportation and after-school opportunities.

One of the biggest changes for students, she said, will be the Tiger Pride Pass program, which rewards students each quarter for their passing grades and good behavior.

That incentive to make the best Mexico Middle School experience possible, she said, may be taken away due to class failure or making poor choices.

Students excitedly asked questions about the following topics: earning their Tiger Pride pass back, transportation home and detention before eighth graders and staff members took them on a brief building tour.

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