Marion County students set to attend the new Marion County Middle School for 6th and 7th graders and the Marion County Knight Academy 8th and 9th can get a feel for the new school year by attending Jump Start Day on August 1. Both schools will host students from 8 am until noon with an opportunity to experience a modified school day.
“This day is really about letting students get comfortable with a new school, even if it’s not a new building to them,” said MCPS superintendent Taylora Schlosser. “Everyone has those butterflies on the first day of school, but Jump Start Day is a way to make that real first day a little bit easier to handle.”
Buses will also be running their 2017-2018 routes and will transport students to Marion County Middle School and Marion County Knight Academy, allowing both students and drivers to get a feel for some of the changes for the upcoming year.
“We know that anytime you make adjustments or modifications to a schedule as large as the bus routes there’ll be some wrinkles to iron out,” Schlosser said. “We’re using this day as a run-through to make sure those kinks are worked out before opening day of the school year.”
Most notable among the transportation changes, some students will be bussed to a transfer location before traveling to their respective schools.
Schlosser sees the change as having very little effect on the school system.
“I really do believe that, after the first few days of school, everyone will be accustomed to any changes,” Schlosser said, adding: “And for those 6th and 7th grade students that transfer at the Knight Academy, I love that they’re going to have a chance to become familiar with the staff at that building for a year or two before they’re students there.”
Parents also have the option of dropping students off for Jump Start Day.
As for the day’s activities, students can expect to walk through a shortened, simulated school day in order to meet their teachers and become familiar with their schedules.