LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Incoming 6th graders at Lincoln Middle School got a taste of middle school life today. This was part of their annual 6th grade orientation called "Academics, Knowledge & Achievement" or "AKA".
The goal of AKA is to get incoming students familiar with the building, teachers, and other aspects of school life that are different from elementary school.
"On the first day of school you probably won't know all your teachers," said Cole Denzer, incoming 6th grader at AKA. "And this is a chance to get to know your teachers. And get to know your locker."
"Just so I will know where everything is," said Ava Shively, also an incoming 6th grader at AKA. "So I'm not, like, going around like ‘where is everything?!'"
Besides getting to know the building and their new teachers, students also learned their way around the library, time management skills, and how to use the locks on lockers, which was a new experience for many.
"Yeah, figuring out everything," said Shively. "Like the locker combinations which are really hard!"
Teachers said that students that attend the orientation are usually less nervous on their first day of school.
"I'll probably be able to jump right in," said Denzer. "But, I'll never know until I try."
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