On Monday, Aug. 26, Carpinteria Middle School eighth-grade leaders, along with staff counselors, hosted an orientation for incoming sixth-grade students on the first day of the 2019-20 school year. With firsthand and somewhat-recent experience in the sometimes-challenging transition from elementary to middle school, eighth graders are uniquely positioned to help younger students shift into their first year at the next level of their education.
Eighth-grade leaders are selected by Carpinteria Middle School counselors based on academics and citizenship. The new students took a campus tour to see the location of their classes and played games to get to know one another. Principal Lisa O’Shea urges an uplifting of her school community with a quote from Muhammad Ali: “The tolerance and understanding necessary to heal must come from each and every one of us arising out of our everyday conduct until decency reaches a flood tide.”