A short trip makes for a smooth transition for Enon fifth-graders

The three classes of fifth-graders from Enon Elementary trekked a few miles west down Rt. 10 to Elizabeth Davis Middle last Friday morning, getting a glimpse of what September would bring when Davis became their new school.

Brent Thomas, head principal at Davis, was one of the administrators welcoming the spritely Enon students as they walked through the school doors from the bus loop. To him, the visit was meant to be a comforting one, something that was more than worthwhile for the children’s well-being.

“Some rising sixth-graders do experience anxiety about coming to middle school, and we try to relieve that a little if we can,” he said.

According to Thomas, Davis Middle held an open house Tuesday evening for rising fifth-graders, and in realizing that some parents could not attend, the school decided to host the students Friday as well. He said, “…This was just another opportunity to see the building and meet some of the people here.”

From the bus loop, each class walked in a single-file line to the school auditorium where Principal Thomas delivered a brief welcome to the approximated 70 students sitting in the first few rows. Within minutes of sitting down, Enon students enjoyed a performance by the sixth-grade chorus.

Judy McNeely, the sixth-grade administrator at Davis and sixth-grade counselor Allison Fuquay then proceeded to reveal what life would like be for the students once they arrived next fall. The two introduced them to middle school SOLs, the block schedule, the differences between core and elective classes, and warned them that more homework would be assigned, before responding to individual questions the students had for them.

“We like to help ease the kids’ minds so that they feel more comfortable with the transition,” said 19-year elementary teacher Kim Rice, one of three visiting Davis that day with their fifth-graders. The other Enon teachers visiting with their classes were Carol Roye and Becky Liggitt.  

Each class was then grouped together and taken on a guided tour throughout the school, each shown the library, the cafeteria and the gym, among other locations within the building.

“I thought the students enjoyed it. They got to see the building and they got to understand a little bit more what a typical day is like,” said McNelly. “I think it went really well and I was very pleased with it.”

Chesterfield County Public Schools will be closed for Spring Break April 18-22, and after finishing the month of April, students will have class May and half of June before being let out for summer vacation.

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