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Cumby 6th graders to join junior high

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    Cumby sixth graders starting in the 2014-15 school year will be junior high students, attending classes with older students.

    District administrators earlier this year proposed moving sixth grade from the elementary to junior high campus, according to Cumby Independent School District Superintendent Shelly Slaughter, as a means to offer sixth graders more opportunities which would be available to them if they were part of a middle school or secondary campus. One offering is curriculum available for junior high but not necessarily suitable for elementary students based on maturity levels.
    A parent meeting was held during open house activities last month and community members, parents, students and staff were asked to participate in a survey posted on the CISD website asking for feedback about the proposal, including any concerns.
    Taking the information into consideration with administra proposal, Cumby ISD Board of Trustees Thursday night gave approval for sixth grade to move from elementary to junior high starting in the next school year.
    “The board did decide to move forward with this. We are excited about what it means for our kids,” Slaughter said. “We will be able to offer a lot of positive changes academically as well as behavioral. The children are so excited. We are all excited and think this is going to be a good change.”
    The biggest concerns expressed were for the young sixth graders being on the same campus with the older students. Slaughter said sixth graders will have a separate lunch and physical education classes from the older students.
    The only negative comments from students who would be affected by the campus move and designation had to do with not being able to have a recess, the superintendent noted.
    Slaughter said space is available at the junior high campus for the sixth grade classes, and two teachers will move over, too.

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