, Corbin, KY

July 8, 2013

New middle school configuration allows for enhanced learning opportunities

The Times-Tribune


Times-Tribune Staff Repors

Lynn Camp will have several new, but familiar, faces in the halls this fall as rising sixth graders will now attend classes at the school’s middle and high building.

“This is one of the most important steps the school can take to ensure a seamless transition in curriculum at the middle school level,” said Knox County Public Schools Media Relations Director Frank Shelton.

Sixth-grade students previously attended classes at the elementary school building, even though most traditional middle school programs now have sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students together.

School principal Amy Bays sees this move as an opportunity to get tools and resources in the hands of students at an earlier age.

“Students will have access to science labs and unique programs that we were unable to provide at the elementary,” said Bays.

Those programs include enrolling in career and technical classes — such as the new business and marketing ones added. Also included are the already-established exploratory classes in agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and technology which prepares students to follow a career pathway later at the high school level.

The school hosted an open house in the spring for parents to address any questions or concerns that they have about their child transitioning to the middle and high building.

During that event, parents toured the facility and were shown the classrooms to be used for the sixth-grade students. To ease the transition, several teachers from the elementary have been reassigned to the middle and high building to teach the sixth grade classes, according to Shelton.

Pre-registration for the upcoming school year is scheduled for 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 and Thursday, Aug. 1, and from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2.

Doors will close 30 minutes prior to the end time each day to allow parents sufficient time to accurately complete all paperwork. More details about pre-registration will be released later this month, according to Shelton.

Students and parents with questions about the new courses or who would like to make changes to their class schedule for the upcoming school year may do so during pre-registration.