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Sixth graders get used to new school

New Richmond Middle School Associate Principal Michele Wood talks with incoming sixth grade students during an orientation session Aug. 14. Tiger Crew volunteers stand in the background.1 / 2
New Richmond Middle School secretary Lori Jenderny explains the process for signing in if a student is late for school. It was just one stop on the tour of the school building that incoming sixth grade students took during orientation sessions last week.2 / 2

Incoming sixth graders at New Richmond Middle School got a jump start on their transition to a new school building during orientation sessions last week.

About 200 students took part in the annual orientation program, which was conducted in three and a half hour morning and afternoon sessions Aug. 13, 14 and 15.

Linda Reuvers, coordinator for the sessions and a sixth grade teacher, said almost all of the incoming students attend a session.

"We have great participation," she said.

When they first arrived at the orientation, students filled out a short survey. Then they listen to several presentations from staff, teachers and fellow middle schoolers. Volunteers with the Tiger Crew, made up of current middle schoolers and high school freshman, share what they liked about attending school in the new building.

After that, the students enjoyed a tour of the large facility. They were also given time to test their locker combination, as for all sixth graders a locker is a new thing.

The orientation also allowed students time to look through their schedule and figure out where each class was located. Middle school is the first building during a student's educational career where they move to different rooms for various classes.

Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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