Rising Fifth Graders Soak in SMS Life During Recent Tours 

Shaker Middle School recently showed just how excited they were to welcome all rising fifth-graders for the upcoming 2023-2024 school year.

As part of SMS’s fifth-to-sixth-grade transition program, school officials  invited all six elementary schools to visit Shaker Middle School in June. In preparation, some sixth-grade student representatives trained to participate as panelists in a Q&A session, answering typical questions about the transition to middle school. Other student representatives trained as tour guides to give fifth-graders informative tours of the middle school building in a small group format. 

All the student representatives spent hours preparing their writing pieces and practicing their public speaking skills.  

Several weeks before the program, sixth-grade school counselors Mrs. Esannason and Mrs. Chu worked with this group of current sixth-graders nominated by their teachers to train as “student representatives” to prepare for this special program. These students had excellent time management skills, juggling all the regular middle school expectations while also taking on the additional responsibility of training to lead and assist with the fifth-grade transition program.

SMS staff want to congratulate all the sixth-grade student representatives for their dedication, leadership,  and volunteer efforts to serve their community. They represented the sixth-grade class and the Shaker Middle School community overall! 

Below are the names of sixth-grade students who gave their all to participate and make a positive impact:

Ava Laware 

Kelsey Gilchrist 

Saoirse Barron 

Lily Podlucky 

Clare Nagle 

Caroline McGuire 

Santiago Lopez Guimbarda

Ryan Ford

Gian Amal

Saanvika Ancha

Anton Anshelevich

Lauren Armstrong

Aanya Bharti

Izzy Brooke

Layla Cavanaugh

Cole Cehowski

Madeline Hall

Molly Higgins

Safir Khan

Griffin Layne

Garrett Levy

Brianna Meaghar

Jacob Cranston

Jospehine Cunningham

Jillian Ogburn

Kaidan Reichl

Judny Rhau

Tom Ross

Tvisha Sood

Vivi Venditti

Allister LeyHane

Yashvita Devarampati

Akshita  Bandari (7th-grade volunteer) 

We also want to acknowledge the many individuals who collaborated to make this part of the transition program successful. This includes the elementary school principals, school counselors, fifth-grade teachers, SMS teacher volunteers, and of course, the rising fifth-graders themselves.  We are excited to welcome all our incoming sixth-grade students to Shaker Middle School in the fall and look forward to a fantastic 2023-2024 school year!