Keep the 5th graders at Merriam Ave School

Jennifer Reasoner
Jennifer Reasoner Newton, New Jersey 33 Comments
90 Signatures Goal: 1,000





The Newton Board of Education will be voting on whether or not to move the 5th grade students to the antiquated Halsted Middle School for the 2014/2015 school year. This pending decision was brought to parent’s attention just 3 weeks ago, and has not been properly researched or planned. We ask the Board of Education to keep in mind the following:

More than 40 years of National Middle School Association research studies show that 10 and 11 year olds are NOT mature enough to handle the pressures that exist from older students. Developmentally, students in grades 6, 7 and 8 have more in common in terms of physical, psychological, social and intellectual development than do those in other age-grade combinations. Fifth grade students typically have not yet reached early adolescence. Fifth grade student's developmental level is more closely linked with students in grade four.

Grade level configuration determinations should not be determined based on a desire to increase the preschool population, but the foundation of an educational program that is student-centered and meets the needs of young adolescent learners.

While 5th grade was in the Halsted Middle School previously, a referendum was passed to build an addition to the existing elementary school and move the 5th grade back to the elementary school. This was decided by the voting members of our community. Clearly it was done so for a reason- it is the best learning environment for our young children.

The Newton Board of Education has yet to release any educational impact studies and has not presented any educational advantages of a 5-8 middle school configuration existing within the walls of an outdated building that is nearly a century old, with limited facilities, a limited life span, no field space, and limited access for students with disabilities.

There are other viable options that should be considered, including moving the preschool to Project Self-Sufficiency, or even Halsted. Preschoolers do not require the same facilities currently available to our k-5 students, i.e. science lab.

We strongly oppose moving 5th graders into the Halsted Middle School. Please keep academics, and the k-5 children, at the forefront of your decision-making process.

  • Jennifer Geuther
    Jennifer Geuther United States, Hopatcong
    Dec 11, 2013
    Dec 11, 2013
    The middle school is not the appropriate place for 5th graders, developmentally or educationally.
  • Dawn Callahan
    Dawn Callahan United States, Flanders
    Dec 11, 2013
    Dec 11, 2013
    dawnmatt32@gmail.com
  • Maureen C Massey
    Maureen C Massey United States, Budd Lake
    Dec 11, 2013
    Dec 11, 2013
    Not a good idea to mix the older kids with the younger. Too much room for bullying. thank you
  • Donna Branch
    Donna Branch United Kingdom
    Dec 11, 2013
    Dec 11, 2013
    Let the 5th Graders stay where they are. Keep the school all together. Children don't deserve to be messed about. Let them have their education all under the same roof.
See More
90

Signatures

  • 4 years ago
    Tinikea Williams United States
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    Margaret Scarborough United States
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    Jennifer Geuther United States
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    Dawn Callahan United States
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    Maureen C Massey United States
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    Donna Branch United Kingdom
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    Karolyn Bowman United States
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    Marie Evans United Kingdom
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    Lisa United States
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    sharon fulton United States
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    David Meltz United States
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    barb mcintosh United States
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    Diana United States
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    Pamela S United States
    4 years ago
  • 4 years ago
    Marie Palmisano United States
    4 years ago
See More