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QPS prepping students moving up next year

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As the school year winds down, many kids in the Quincy Public Schools will be transitioning to a new school in the fall.

And Quincy Junior High Principal Dan Sparrow says your kid might have a little anxiety going into a new school.

So what can parents do to make it easier?

"Anything that they can do to help monitor that but the school's part in that is making sure that kids become more acclimated to the environment," said Sparrow. "They get to see it firsthand."

To ease their fears, kids from Baldwin are visiting the junior high this week.

They're watching student-produced videos of the do's and don'ts of school, meet the staff, and see the classrooms.

When it comes time to register, students will be able to come in with a parent and practice going from room to room, and learn to work those lockers and combinations.

Guidance Counselor Jackie Martin says it's especially important for those Baldwin kids because, she says, the transition into junior high can be the most difficult to make.

"This is the biggest transition as in moving from being with one teacher all day to having different teachers every day," said Martin.

Quincy 9th Grader Zach Harbin says getting to see the school first hand and support from his parents made the transition a lot easier for him when he first set foot in the junior high.

"My parents were really supportive," said Harbin. "In the summer you can come and get your schedule and that's what my parents did. They took me. And I walked through it two or three times just to know where my classes were."

Next year Harbin goes on to the high school. Something he says can be a little scary, albeit exciting, because the 9th graders are the big guys on campus now.

But next year in the high school, they'll be the low man on the totem pole again.

Whether your kid is transitioning into kindergarten, intermediate, junior high, high school, even college or the work force for the first time, guidance counselor Jackie Martin says how they handle these experiences can help them later in life when they are new in town or on the job.

The junior high isn't the only school QPS is hosting orientations at.

Third graders from the elementary schools are visiting Baldwin school. They get to buddy up and meet the teachers and see the building.

Junior High 9th graders already had an orientation in March. But, as Harbin mentioned, they'll get another chance to go through with their parents between registration and the beginning of the next school year.

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