It seems strangely early to be doing this, but yesterday we started the tours for our upcoming class of 6th graders. Since we have 5 different elementary schools feeding into us, these usually run through several different days. This is for many students, their first introduction to BCS. So what do we do to make a great first impression, and begin building relationships with our future students?
Groups begin their visit in our school media center. There they have several people speak to them about what life at BCS is like. The guidance counselor began by discussing registration for courses. Next, the lead teacher (me) shared some details about how middle school is different from elementary school and answered the BIG questions incomin 6th graders always have. Next, our media specialist showed a short video introducing our school. This video included interviews with several current students, photos from various school activities, and photos of the faculty and staff. After the talk in the media center, students were split into small groups and were taken on tours of the school led by Student Council members. On the tour, students got to see all the key locations in the school and ask some questions of current students.
At BCS we feel like it is important to welcome our upcoming students and help make them feel comfortable in the transition to middle school. Hopefully this visit was a helpful first step in that transition.
Who am I?
Sarah Allred is the Instructional Lead Teacher at Braxton Craven School, an all 6th grade middle school. She has 15 years of teaching experience at the middle school level. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education earned at the University of NC Greensboro, National Board Certification in Early Adolescent English Language Arts, and a Master of Arts in Education in Instructional Technology earned at East Carolina University. She has taught language arts, social studies, science, and technology. She serves her school in many leadership roles. Her passion is searching for new ways to use technology to improve student learning. Additional roles she fills are mother of two amazing kids, and wife of a police officer. She enjoys reading, gardening, and digital photography.