Smoother transitions


The tinge of spring is in the air and students in school are feeling the "pressure." Before summer vacation hits, students need to figure out their schedules for next year, especially eighth-graders who will begin high school in the fall.

Each year, Moffat County High School (MCHS) and Craig Middle School (CMS) officials work to ease the transition from middle to high school and help with scheduling. MCHS instructors are advisers to CMS students and help them with class selection as eighth-graders and monitor their progress throughout their four-year high school careers. Each quarter, advisers review students' progress and determine what could be done to help students reach their goals.

"We will get them placed right for success," MCHS instructor and adviser Katie Gray said. "Advisers really are involved in their advisees."

Advisers rotate in four-year cycles. Advisers this year for eighth-graders are also advising MCHS seniors. Each adviser is given 20 students.

"This is a whole new perspective on advising students for required and elective classes," MCHS instructor and adviser Neil Browne said.

MCHS Principal Joel Sheridan believes this type of transition into high school cuts down on unnecessary classes and helps students become focused on a four-year plan.

Parents are asked to be a part of the process. They are invited to sit down with their child and his or her adviser during the initial scheduling meeting. This way the parents know the class schedule and different options, and parents will not ask the school "Why did you let my kid sign up for this class," Sheridan said.

MCHS Counselor Sandie Johns said the parent turnout in recent years has been increasing. Having parents involved helps stop future problems dealing with class schedules.

"It is really important that we get parents involved so they stay involved through high school," School-to-Career Director Jeannie Thornberry said. "A lot of kids will take classes that fit into their schedules rather than taking classes they need."

The meetings for advisers, students and parents were held March 3-6 in the CMS Library. Although class schedules were made during the meetings, they are not set in stone. According to Johns, changes may be made to accommodate last-minute decisions.

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