Stewarts Creek students start new year this week - WKRN News 2

Stewarts Creek students start new year this week

Posted: Updated: May 12, 2014 07:06 PM
SMYRNA, Tenn. - While other schools count down the days to summer vacation, a Rutherford County school started next year three months early.

Stewarts Creek Elementary has started the next school year with two weeks remaining in the current year.

First graders became second graders Monday. Every year moved forward, including 5th graders, who will enter middle school in August.

School administrators introduced the change when the school opened six years ago.

"My children don't have the anxiety over the summer about, 'Who's going to be in my class? Who is my teacher going to be?'” explained school Principal Ginger Tucker.

"One, our children know where to go, what peers they're going to be with, what table to sit in at the cafeteria, all of those anxiety questions that typically take place in August, we're doing today," Tucker added.

Amanda Hoge, a fifth grade teacher at Stewarts Creek, said she's noticed her students are happy to go forward rather than spend the last two weeks without anything to do.

"It's a good opportunity to get to know the [new] kids [and] put a face with the name," she said. "They can have an idea of what you expect, and what's going to be waiting for them in the coming year.”

Now fifth grader Kendall Tate told News 2 the move makes sense. "After TCAP's were done, we really didn't have anything to learn."

Kellar Williams is a fifth grader who'll make the move to Stewarts Creek middle school in the fall.

He told News 2 these two weeks will take away some of his anxiety and nervousness.

"It seems like everything gets bigger in middle school. The responsibility, homework, the kids,” he explained. "Just knowing I have a little bit of experience with it will probably give me a little more confidence.”

Fifth graders moving to middle school can't actually make the move to sixth grade, so Stewarts Creek has set aside a hallway and classrooms where those students can practice what they'll do in middle school in August.

Principal Tucker told News 2 she knew of no other school promoting students and starting the new year before the start of summer.

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