Making the transition

Myers students adjust from grade to grade

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Mrs. Burns poses with her fourth grade students at Myers Elementary.

For the average elementary student, it takes time to adjust to a new grade full of new teachers and school work.

Moving into a new grade is especially hectic for elementary students because of the change in what they are learning and what they do.

Most first to third grade students are used to a laid back-type-of vibe, but once they enter fourth grade is when work gets harder as the teachers prepare them for PSSA’s.

Many students feel a nervous excitement in starting a new year. For many of them, they adjust to their new grade without any issues.”

— Myers Principal Terri Harpster

Teachers at Myers Elementary work hard to make sure the transition from grade to grade is a smooth one.

To get the students “back in the groove” the teachers help them get with the new routine and rules.  At the end of the previous school year Myers publishes a class list for the next year and take the students to meet their new team of teachers. Open houses and Orientations are staged to get parents and students into the school to meet new teachers.

Myers principal Mrs. Terri Harpster said, “Many students feel a nervous excitement in starting a new year. For many of them, they adjust to their new grade without any issues.”

Mrs. Burns, a fourth grade math teacher, said that entering a new school year is not only hectic for the students, but also the teachers.

“I didn’t fall asleep until about 3:30 a.m. on the first day. The year gets off to a slow start from getting to know your activities to the classes. It normally takes about a week or two to get things back into the groove,” said Burns.