Preparing MJ for Middle School (Part 1)

Ok…I have to write about this in parts because I get way to anxious when I think about it…

MJ will be going to middle school in August (Jesus, help me).  As I have said several times before, I teach middle school and so I think I am even more nervous than the normal parent (I have just seen too much).  He will be in a self-contained classroom for the majority of the day and will be taught the major subjects in that room.  He will attend “regular” classes for PE, Art, and Music.  Due to our schedules I have no choice but to place him in before care.  I have been trying to get him into a before care since MARCH! I thought about placing him in the “regular” before care but after one visit I KNEW it was not the place for him.  There were LOTS of kids and not much organization.  It looked more like a student hangout.  There was no way on God’s green earth that I was placing him there!  I was told that the school had a special needs before care! I went unannounced and visited them.  IT WAS AWESOME! The kids were all working on a fun activity and there was plenty of SUPERVISION.  I looked at the kid’s faces and they were pleasant.  I immediately began making phone calls to get him into that before care.  Finally after playing phone tag for weeks with the director, we made an appointment to meet.  It was required that MJ come with me to the meeting. I am happy to report that everything went well! I filled out the paperwork while MJ played on his Nabi.  We are now officially enrolled in the program.  This puts my mind at ease (a little) because I know that he will be properly supervised in the morning before school starts…One small step completed!



15 thoughts on “Preparing MJ for Middle School (Part 1)

  1. I’m so glad they have a separate before school care he can be in. At my son’s school all the kids are in the gym until the bell, and that has created some problems for him because of the just sheer chaos in there and the noise level, not to mention some not so nice comments from some kids. Ugh. I don’t think our school has a before care like yours, but I am certainly going to ask about it now, and if we don’t maybe he can just go sit in the front office until the bell. And, yeah middle school is still 3 full school years away for my Alex, but the thought terrifies me to no end. Eek!

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  2. Middle School transition was tough, more for me than DC ๐Ÿ™‚ being a single mother for more than 20 years, DC was used to having to go to Daycare so I was fortunate to not have to deal with the before or after school programs, he was bused directly to and from Daycare. Because he had been in the same daycare since he was 4, they (the Daycare) got some sort of special permission from the state, I suppose, to have someone over the age of 12 there. He got to stay there until he was 15. I hear you though, I think the transition to middle school was the hardest for me. High School was difficult but middle school (again, for me) was the most difficult.

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