Movin' on up to middle school | Annie Livengood

Finally. Bring on the sun! School is out for summer.

Crestwood Elementary students along with others are bathing in the sun, years may be ahead of them for that wonderful school. But for us class of 2019 sixth graders, we are out forever from elementary. That school was amazing. We learned so much and I made so many friends. Seven years I was there, I would never have thought it would have gone so fast. Neither did my parents.

Like most schools, our last day was a half day. Kids were yelling their way home at 12:08 p.m. on a beautiful June 19. The day though, was pretty great, too. Most of the day was consumed by an end of the school year assembly. All the school groups were recognized somehow by the lead authority of that bunch. Some groups like student council and track were recognized by standing in the middle of a sea of kids so you stuck out like a sore thumb, and most of the clubs were noticed by their name being called up and receiving a certificate on stage. Some groups were very small such as lunch helpers or office helpers but some were large, for example safety patrol or library helpers. That cluster was up to 50 plus people!

Next was the actual memories of 2012-2013 slideshow. That was created by moi, along with supervision and help of a few others. That was the hype of the day. There was hip music like “Gangnam Style” by Psy and “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction. Everyone was singing, clapping, and laughing while enjoying their final moments of school. Funny pictures really helped that situation.

From there school was not even school. We were dismissed to a 20 or 30 minute recess, and that was basically it! I was stuck on safety patrol on my last day of elementary school, but it was sort of fun getting to see everyone leave. My ears were blaring, the buses and cars were honking like crazy. Kids were screaming and teachers were saying goodbyes to their students. It was a very good way to end elementary.

Next, Mattson. I’ve been there twice and both times I had a tour. Most of the sixth graders have some information on a few places like the library and gym, but I will definitely need some practice when the orientation comes around. Other than seeing a few rooms the only thing I know is that the school is huge. Most of the kids that went to Crestwood with me are going to Mattson along with many other schools in the area. I’m hoping to keep my friends but I’m going to see a few new faces. Actually, a lot of new faces.

Change is good though, and I think Mattson is going to be great. Yes, I have a fusion of emotions, but excitement overpowers my fear. Some kids are petrified to be moving to middle school, but I am so excited to be ‘stangin up.



Annie Livengood of Covington is an aspiring journalist and will be a seventh grader at Mattson Middle School in the fall.

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