As students and parents come to middle school, they ask many questions about what to expect. They are unsure if the school is like elementary or a mini version of high school. What makes middle school different from other grade levels?
As teachers and staff have reflected on this year in middle school, there have been a lot of changes. Middle school at Pequot Lakes changed from being a grades 6-8 building to a grades 5-8 one. The building project created the new fifth- and sixth-grade addition. Students went to school around construction workers who put in lockers, created new bathrooms and media center, laid sod and finished the parking lots.
Middle level students, who range from ages 10 to 15, experience some of the most significant changes of their lives. These changes include physical, social, emotional and intellectual. Students are seeking a level of independence and are highly centered on peer interactions. Successful middle schools recognize these changes and how this affects a student’s thinking and learning. They also recognize that each young adolescent will mature at his or her own rate.