North Thurston Public Schools is looking for volunteers to serve on its Middle School Transition Advisory Committee. The group would help with a plan to move sixth-graders into the district’s middle schools.
The district’s three traditional middle schools — Chinook, Nisqually and Komachin — currently serve students in seventh and eighth grades; most sixth-graders attend the district’s elementary schools. However, sixth-graders have attended Aspire Middle School, the district’s magnet school for the performing arts, since it opened in 2009.
The district plans to eventually move sixth-graders out all of its elementary schools. Part of that plan includes creating a new middle school that would be built if voters approve a future construction bond measure.
Anybody who lives in the 14,000-student district is welcome to apply for the committee, which is slated to meet on Feb. 12, April 18 and June 20. Applications are due Jan. 15.
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“Our main goal is to get honesty back from them on our proposals for what six-eight middle school will look like, as well as the timeline for the transition,” district spokeswoman Courtney Schrieve said.
“It’s not the question of ‘Are we doing 6-8 middle school?’ it’s ‘How will we do it?’”
A grade six-eight middle school model is already used in the Olympia School District, and the Tumwater School Board recently approved a plan to move its sixth-graders into middle school as well.
For more information on North Thurston’s transition advisory committee, call 360-412-4598 or go to www.nthurston.k12.wa.us.
Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 firstname.lastname@example.org/edblog