St. Paul Schools Welcome 6th-Graders to Middle School Model
Some students in St. Paul are making sure there are no surprises when they head to middle school next Tuesday.
This year sixth-graders will be attending middle school for the first time.
St. Paul Public Schools is moving sixth-graders to be with their seventh- and eighth-grade counterparts for middle school this year.
"Changing the classes. In elementary school it got a little old being in one, possibly two, a day, so I'm looking forward to that," said Marcus Hansen, Highland Park Middle School sixth-grade student.
"I think it's better to be at middle school because then there's other kids who are older than me and they can be better examples," said Romaney Mugoodwin, Highland Park Middle School sixth-grade student.
Today, the district opened up all middle schools for "Camp 67" to prepare the sixth- and seventh-grade students for the big changes ahead.
According to the district, the middle school model is intended to foster more of a team-centered structure with a variety of subject-specialized teachers, rather than just being assigned one homeroom teacher.
"A teacher who is trained in algebra can do a much better job meeting students' needs and students can learn faster and it can accelerate their learning ... so students advance at a much faster pace," said Steve Unowsky, St. Paul Public Schools Assistant Middle School Superintendent.