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Armstrong: Recruiting is real. In
our district, we have several elementary and middle schools that have been
selected as open enrollment schools.
These schools have a limited number
of slots open to students who live outside that particular school zone. We
also deal with consistent competition
from private and charter schools.
With our school being one of the
open enrollment schools, our job is
twofold: to market and recruit " zoned "
students who are tempted to go the
private or charter school path, and
also to cast a wide net to recruit students from across the county.
To recruit from feeder schools, we
send members of our school's musical
groups, athletic teams, cheerleading squad, administrative staff, and
others to visit, so that elementary
students see us and know what we
are all about. We also hold sessions
for prospective parents at the feeder
elementary schools and our campus,
so we have an opportunity to debunk
any myths regarding the campus and
public middle schools as a whole.
Our recruiting efforts have paid
great dividends; we have amazing
students and families who wave the
Hadley banner and help us market our
brand districtwide. It is essential that
middle schools have the mentality that
all families have options. Don't simply
sit back and assume that families are
coming your way.

week reviewing course offerings, checking in with teachers for recommendations,
and making a plan for their first year of high school. But incoming freshmen have
questions, too: What sports offerings are there? What extracurriculars are available? Do they get an off-campus lunch hour? (Spoiler alert: No.)
At Ellis Middle School, we partner with Austin High School to bring a cross-​
section of upperclassmen in to have lunch with students. Have questions about
soccer? One of the varsity soccer players might be available. What about student
leadership? Here's a student council representative.
Inviting current students to the middle school for lunch offers not only an
informal opportunity for eighth graders to ask questions, but also a chance for
former students to come back to the middle school and say hi to their former
teachers. We share these events with families, so they know that we're working to
find intentional ways for students to feel safe and excited about the transition to
high school. 
Armstrong: Setting high expectations. As a middle school administrator,
it is my job to prepare students-many of whom have been on our campus for
four years-for their transition to high school. That's why we find it imperative for
students and their families to be informed about their options.
The first option is their zoned high school. Scheduled tours allow our entire
eighth-grade class to visit the campus during the day to see it in action. Students
visit classrooms, learn about the various academies, see musical performances,
and learn about athletics and other extracurricular activities. Afterward, counselors from the high school set times on our campus to meet with students and
their parents and register them for courses.
In addition, eighth-grade students get visits from representatives of the district's Arts and Big Picture High School. They learn about all the things the unique
high schools have to offer and get the opportunity to make an informed decision
on their placement for the next four years.
It is an exciting time to be a middle school administrator. We have the unique
opportunity to have strong connections with our elementary and high school
principals and to play a role on all three campuses. We must build relationships
not only on our campuses, but on the connected elementary and high school
campuses, as well.
In this way, we can see where our students have come from and what processes need to be in place to make their transition a smooth one. And we can also
learn where they might be headed, so that when they roll off the middle school
" assembly line, " they are prepared for the next step in their academic careers.
Jessica Cabeen (@JessicaCabeen) is principal of Ellis Middle School in Austin,
Minnesota, and a fellow of NAESP's Center for Middle-Level Leadership.

From Middle to High School
Cabeen: Lunch and learn. In early
spring, our eighth graders spend a

Kevin Armstrong (@DrKDArmstrong), is principal of DuPont Hadley Middle School in
Old Hickory, Tennessee, and is a fellow of NAESP's Center for Middle-Level Leadership.

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