Originally created 04/09/06

School officials hope fair will help pupils enter sixth grade smoothly



Christine Liner said Paul Knox Middle School officials want families with children entering sixth grade to have a smooth transition next school year.

The annual transition fair, scheduled for the evening of April 24, can assist pupils graduating from elementary school, Ms. Liner said.

Presentations and tours of the school will be among the planned activities for the families, organizers said.

Ms. Liner, a sixth-grade teacher at Paul Knox, said the fair began several years ago when parents expressed a need for assistance during the elementary to middle school transition.

Ms. Liner said the parents told officials at the schools that they needed help after their children get out of fifth grade.

"(Parents said) the test scores drop dramatically when they go to sixth grade, or the anxiety levels of the parents go up tremendously when they leave and go off to middle school," Ms. Liner said.

The fair gives information to parents, she said.

"You've got parents who are still trying to decide, 'Am I going to send them to a private school? Am I going to send them to a public school?'" she said.

She said sixth-grade teachers will discuss volunteering opportunities: tutoring, field trip chaperones or providing assistance at sporting events.

Dinner also will be served.

"They just liked that whole welcoming atmosphere - that we were opening the doors," Ms. Liner said.

Reach Nathan Dickinson at (803) 648-1395, ext. 109, or nathan.dickinson@augustachronicle.com.

IF YOU GO


What: Paul Knox Middle School Transition Fair


When: 5-7 p.m. April 24


Where: Paul Knox Middle School, 1804 Wells Road, North Augusta


Cost: Free


Telephone: (803) 442-6300