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Posted March 24, 2015

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How Hard is it to Open a Locker?

Onate and Acoma elementaries and Jackson and Hoover middle schools join together for a successful middle school transition night.

When four neighboring schools work together to transition students and their families from elementary to middle school and beyond, anything is possible.

Acoma and Onate elementaries and Jackson and Hoover middle schools took part in a successful Middle School Transition night on March 5.

More than 300 people attended the event hosted by Acoma. Lynne Antoun, school counselor for both Acoma and Onate, organized this event with the help of Acoma/Onate Principal Theresa Fullerton and representatives from Jackson, Hoover, APS Family Engagement Unit and APS Counseling Services. 


The event kicked off with a welcome by Antoun and introductions by Fullerton. This was followed by a panel discussion on what to expect in middle school. The panel included principals, counselors and two sixth grade students. Questions addressed by the panel included:

  • How much homework will I have in middle school?
  • How will I follow my child’s progress in middle school?
  • How hard is it to open a locker?

After the panel discussion, APS Board President Dr. Donald Duran addressed the students and their families, asking what did “middle” in middle school mean.

The highlight of the evening was the sixteen Acoma students and nineteen Onate students performing the play, Middle School Daze, a four-act play about the first day of middle school starring 35 Acoma and Onate students. The students rehearsed for six weeks under the direction of Antoun, counseling intern Elise Mackey and Deborah Pohl, family/community liaison specialist.


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