By Lauren Prince
6th Grade student at Wertheimer MS
All of the students currently at Wertheimer Middle School are going next door to Briscoe Junior High next year. We will get more freedom, more choices, and new teachers. Many of us are experiencing a variety of emotions–nervous, worried, excited, and happy—among other feelings about going to Briscoe. I talked to Leeanna King, Jan Tee, and Justine Prince, all from my social studies class, about how they felt about moving on to junior high school.
Jan said, “I’m excited because I have a sister who goes there and I know that she likes it. I’m really looking forward to the extra-curricular classes. I think I’m ready for Briscoe because I’ve seen my sister’s work and it’s pretty easy. My sister said that it’s really fun!” Jan also told me that Wertheimer has definitely helped him to adjust slowly to his new responsibilities and get him ready for Briscoe.
Leeanna told me, “I’m also excited because my brother might come and it’s going to be fun.” She expressed excitement about taking a new elective class, Spanish, however, she admitted to being a bit worried too. “I think it might be too hard. I’m just scared the hall will be too crazy.” But Leanne agreed with Jan saying, “I think that Wertheimer has really made me ready for Briscoe.”
Justine had similar thoughts. “I’m nervous because I’m afraid it might be too hard…but excited for my elective, [Theater Arts]. She also mentioned that she was looking forward to advisory and having time to complete her homework. “I think that [the teachers and staff at] Wertheimer have given me more discipline and that makes me feel better about going to Briscoe.”
The students I spoke with all had mixed emotions, but we all knew one thing: we wouldn’t be ready for it without the lessons learned at Wertheimer. Wertheimer has prepared us and we all feel better about going to Briscoe because of what we can take away. Our Wertheimer experience has made us ready to “step up a level” in our lives.