Fifth-grade students survey their future home

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Aislinn Thomas, left, and Grace Bauer figure out how to open a padlock for a locker at Lake Oswego Junior High.What are fifth-grade tours all about?

“It’s just a way to help the young kids, so they can do even better than you did,” said Ryan Seaman, an eighth-grader at Lake Oswego Junior High.

Scads of local students transitioning to sixth grade in the fall have been taking a look at Lake Oswego Junior High, confronting their fears of the combination lock and of getting lost in a big, new school. by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego Junior High eighth-grader Carolyn Miller shows a group of fifth-graders how some people decorate a locker for special occasions.

Eighth-grade tour guides wore black shirts that said “Nexus” on them in white lettering and waited for the newbies to step off school buses, directing the younger students with brightly colored signs. “Nexus” means a relationship or link between people or things, although eighth-grader Dylan Fisher said the meaning of “Nexus” is that the sixth-graders are “the next us.”by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Ian Reeves, left, a Lake Oswego Junior High Spanish teacher, talks to a group of fifth-graders.

Last week, fifth-grade tourists visited LOJ from Lake Grove, Oak Creek and Forest Hills, and Hallinan, River Grove and Westridge fifth-graders recently took a gander at Lakeridge Junior High.

“I’m kind of excited, because there’s lockers and a cafeteria instead of eating in your classroom,” Lauren Manuguid of Lake Grove said.

Griffin Cooney of Lake Grove said he was looking forward to having more teachers. “So, then, they don’t get to know you as well,” he said with a bright REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Jake Ferdig, right, leads a group of fifth-graders on a tour of Lake Oswego Junior High.

Griffin said he’s confident about the locker situation. “I’ve practiced on different locks at my home,” he said.

Michael Cady-Russell, a counselor at LOJ, gives the incoming sixth-graders a presentation on safety and respect. The older kids share stories about “some of the scariest things that happened, and then how it really wasn’t a big deal,” Cady Russell said.

He added, “I think the older kids giving information, being warm and welcoming” helps put the younger kids at ease.

By Jillian Daley
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