Sixth-grade students made the leap today from elementary to secondary school. Calapooia, Memorial and North Albany middle school sixth-graders had their schools to themselves for the day. Seventh- and eighth-grade students begin tomorrow.
In addition to learning new schedules and locker combinations, students at Memorial Middle School also learned what they would accomplish as middle school students.
In an all-school assembly to kick off the school year, Principal Ken Gilbert asked students what they thought their jobs were in middle school. Students responded that they were there to work hard, show up on time, listen to teachers and learn.
Gilbert said all of that was true, but their job was bigger than that. “Your job over the next three years at Memorial Middle School is to get prepared for high school and for your future after high school,” he said. “You are preparing for seven years from now when you will enter college or other training.”