The First Ever Washington School Class Transfer to MMS

Madison McCoon and Anika Shankar

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Last week we interviewed bout 30 sixth graders about how they feel about the middle school. When the sixth graders were asked, “How is your middle school experience so far?,” the majority of them were positive about the school. Some kids said that it was a bit stressful, and explained how the workload is a lot more than fifth grade. Very few answered with, “I don’t know.”

Then, they were asked, “How is the middle school different from the Washington School?” One student who preferred to remain anonymous stated that the Middle School had much more technology, and that the Middle School had a beneficial library, unlike the Washington School. Other students said the Middle School was different because the students have to switch from class to class with only four minutes in between. Students also said that classes were very mixed up, unlike classes at Washington School.

“What are some things you would change about the middle school?” was the next question and surveyed students responded with things like making lunches and study halls longer. Also, some of the sixth graders said they wished they had a recess instead of auditorium, and they want more opportunities to speak to their friends. Many sixth graders also said they would like more than four minutes to get to each class, so they could get everything from the lockers without being very stressed. Few said that they would like if the school allowed cell phones.

Finally, sixth graders were asked, “Do you prefer Washington School or the middle school? Explain your reasoning.” They liked the middle school because they said they had more freedom and had more teachers. They liked being able to switch classes and having lockers.

The findings were interesting because the authors of this piece did not go to the Washington School, while the new sixth graders did. We did not know anyone, other than their friends from our neighborhood elementary school. Possibly as a results, it seemed that the sixth graders were not as shy as we were back then!

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