Transitioning to middle school? Attend a preview night!

School preview nights can be a great way for students and their families who are transitioning to middle school to feel less anxious. Being more familiar with the building layout and the faculty is one less thing to worry about at the beginning of the school year. The fifth grade preview night at Antioch Middle Prep held in April featured a soccer match, school tour, ice cream and sundaes as fourth grade students from Cane Ridge Elementary, Cole Elementary, and other schools in the cluster previewed the recently-renovated campus.


"We were so excited about the turnout, and are grateful to our new families for choosing Antioch as their middle school," said executive principal Celia Conley.

Antioch Middle Prep is working to become a community school, where families can access the resources they need, and community partners support the social, emotional, and academic success of students and families. Translators were available at the preview night to assist parents in communicating with teachers and administration. Antioch Middle Prep also has translators on staff, serving students and parents throughout the school day.

“Strengthening the methods of communication with families is our top priority because we know that effective communication is integral for our families. We’ve started a Facebook page, and Twitter and Instagram accounts, and families are always welcome to call or email if they have questions or need some form of assistance,” said Dan Moranville, community involvement specialist for Antioch Middle Prep.

“Rising fith grade students and their families were excited to meet some of the faces they’ll see next year and to tour our building. This will help these students make a smooth transition to Antioch Middle Prep and also helps our staff get to know some of our future students," said Antioch Middle Prep Assistant Principal Dr. Bryan Seay.

“We’re trying to build a continuum of education, so families can be confident they and their child are being prepared for the transition from elementary into middle school, and from middle into high school, and that our teachers and administrators are communicating needs and serving students well throughout that process," Moranville said.

Want to attend a preview night in your cluster? Check with the school for details, but here are a few of the upcoming events:


West End Middle Prep will host visits from Eakin Elementary on May 9, from Sylvan Park Elementary on May 10. Over the summer, West End will host a 5th Grade Camp and New parent Coffee and Reception on July 29. Download this flyer for details.
J.T. Moore Middle Prep will host a 5th Grade Transitions and Parent Coffee event on July 28.