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teachers. Former sixth-grade students
who are going into seventh will come in
and answer questions. We also do a lot of
activities with the incoming students to
get them connected with a new student
population because they are coming from
a less-than-a-hundred-student group to a
300- to 325-member class.
Shanoff: I've had the pleasure of being a
principal at the elementary, middle, and

high school levels, and the transitions
and the activities that my fellow participants on this call refer to are very, very
effective. What I've found is that when
we get to high school, that immersion
into high school is actually quite difficult
for what are essentially just eighth-grade
students now entering a campus that has
thousands of students. We do bring our
freshmen on campus a little bit early, to
give them that exposure to the different

clubs and sports that they can immerse
themselves in, so then they can go
ahead and make those connections
ahead of time.
The other thing that I would say about
the social-emotional piece versus the
academic piece: Parents and families will
regard you as effective when they hear
your academic plans. They will trust you,
though, when they know that you are
tending to their child's social-emotional

Going the Distance
We all know introduction nights and school
tours can be great ways to get students
acclimated to their new environments, but
here are some "outside-the-box" ideas that
will also serve you well:
* Host a Tech Night. Technology plays
a critical role at any level, and your
incoming students will benefit from
familiarizing themselves with the
different formats and platforms they
will be exposed to when they start
school. This is especially critical for
1:1 districts. According to Partin, "We
also educate parents on understanding the different platforms so they
can stay in touch with our athletic

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programs and schools. That way they
know how to access that information
to monitor their child's progress, how
to access their teacher's team, etc."
* Don't Be a Stranger. Take some time
to visit students in their current school
so you're a familiar face when the time
comes for them to join yours. Shanoff
explains, "I go over to the middle
schools, walk around, and visit the
classrooms, so then the students are
very familiar with their next principal,
but on their territory, on their ground."
* Get Social. Chances are, your incoming students will be all too familiar

with social media. Use it! Send out
videos, pictures, or other messages
that will allow students to acquaint
themselves with their new school
culture, environment, and the people
they're going to be interacting with.
* Mix It Up. After-school and summer
programs are wonderfully unique
opportunities for your incoming
students and your current students to
mingle. "This allows students to have
some preliminary relationship-building
time prior to the school year, and also
do the types of activities that will be
expected of them at a higher level,"
says Templeman.



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