Sixth graders introduced to bustle, expectations of high school life

WARRENSBURG - Whether it's lugging around heavy books, changing classes many times per day or following new rules, about 20 local sixth graders experienced a preview of high school life Monday.

The students delved into the daily details of the next phase of their educational pursuits during Warrensburg High School's annual visitation days which began Monday for three days for the 65 or so local sixth graders.

The elementary school students headed into high school life were treated to busy hallways, greetings from looming upperclass students, teachers with high expectations, and several orientation sessions, the youngsters said.

"I feel nervous and excited," one sixth grader said as she headed down the hallway toward Rex Reynolds' Social Studies class.

Donny Stone said the high expectations of high school were an issue with him. "It's kinda scary, it's weird," he said.

Each sixth grader was paired up with a seventh-grade student guide for the day.

Erin Langworthy's guide was Emily Baker, who demonstrated how to stuff a full array of essentials - including books, a backpack, flute, and music sheets - into her narrow locker.

"Always try to keep your stuff organized," Baker advised Erin Langworthy.

Morgyn Morey said everything in the high school seemed more intense.

"There's a lot more activity in the hallways," he said. "It will be fun here."

Watching the sixth graders move through the hallways, High School social worker John Friauf said the youngsters were likely to be in awe of the bustle of the cafeteria, the complexity of changing teachers and rooms every period, the physical size of the upperclass students, and the pace of many of the classes - including the math courses taught by of Chris Blakely, he said.

"Ms. Blakely gets things going at the sound of the first bell," he said with a smile.

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