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Fifth Grade Students Get a Glimpse of Middle School Through Cougar Launch Days

In its second year, Cougar Launch offers fifth grade students a glimpse into what life as a Dalton Middle School student is like. Each elementary school student is paired with a sixth grade student and spends the day shadowing him or her to each class, lunch period, a social event and even navigating a locker combination.

Park Creek and Westwood visited Dalton Middle on May 7, Brookwood and City Park attended on May 9 and Roan and Blue Ridge took the last rotation on May 11.

Assistant Principal Heather Lawson explained that the day is designed to alleviate any fears the fifth grade students have about their upcoming transition. The experience allows the future sixth grade students to make new friends and meet their teachers. The school has received extremely positive feedback from parents, teachers and students.

"Students are able to interact with student ambassadors who can coach them on what to expect when coming to the middle school," she said. "This day was designed to help 5th graders feel excited to become a Dalton Middle School Cougar!"

One important aspect of the day is informing the students about the different pathways available to them. With classes such as band, broadcasting and Introduction to Healthcare, students have an exciting choice to make as they pick their exploratory classes and find out what interests them.

The move to middle school can feel overwhelming for many young students, but through Cougar Launch, the students have a better idea of what to expect to help make the transition a little bit easier.