SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The transition from elementary school to middle school is often more anxiety filled than the switch to high school. In order to make the change smoother for both perspective middle schoolers and their parents, the Memorial Middle School is moving their usual August parent orientation to Monday, June 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. While the program is parent-oriented, sixth graders may attend, but they must stay with their parent or guardian at all times.

The first part of the evening will begin with an overview of the extracurricular activities offered at Memorial. Parents and guardians may explore the different offerings by meeting advisors and/or student leaders. They will have an opportunity to ask questions as well as sign interested sixth graders up for the fall. Afterward, the orientation will include a complete overview of the Memorial Middle School that will incorporate all aspects of student  and academic life.

Parents and guardians should mark the calendars for Thursday, August 24 as well. This will be the sixth grade orientation for incoming students. The orientation will take place from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Parents will drop their children off at the curb at the front of the building. Students will then enter the building by the entrance adjacent to the basketball courts as they will in September. However, for pickup, parents and guardians must park and come into the building to sign their children out after orientation.

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Sixth graders and their parents may stay from 11 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. to set up their lockers. Lockers and locks can be especially stressful for tweens. Bringing the often bulky school supplies prior to the first day in a new school also helps make the transition easier for kids as does practicing opening their locker. A supply list for incoming sixth graders is typically posted on the Memorial Middle School website in early August.

Sixth grade students without parental supervision will not be allowed to remain in the school building after the orientation concludes at 11 a.m. The first day of school for Spotswood students in September will be on Thursday, September 7.