We at WSA felt that it was important to give the 5th graders (soon-to-be 6th graders) and any other new students some advice so that they will be better prepared to succeed next year. Who better to give that advice but some of the current students at WSA. Three advice letters, one from each grade, were chosen to be shared with the new students. The pictures of the original letters as well as a transcript of what they say can be seen below.
At WSA we expect for you to be respectful to all adults and classmates. When I first came here it was a mess and then Ms. Hopkins is slowly changing this school one step at a time making this whole school change behavior. Expectations of this school are KYHFAOOTYS, which means keep your hands, feet, and other objects to yourself. Be respectful at ALL times not just to your friends but to everyone.
Things you should not do are:
Get into fights. Do not be rude. Don’t use foul profanity, which means no cursing. No play fighting.
I can’t say this enough. Be respectful and keep your hands to yourself. If you don’t you will be consequence. There is an uniform this year and there will be one next year.
Mikayla, 6th grader (soon to be 7th grader)
Dear New students,
Welcome to Westside Academy, the best school in the world. The teachers are the nicest and the staff is also nice. There are a few things you should know that have changed from the school you might have known. One thing is that we have to wear uniforms. You have to wear a black, red, or white shirt with a black or regular khaki pants. The second thing is that we have new school rules. One is that you have to wear uniforms and you get a special incentive if you do. You may have heard of it already but we have a program called Peaceful Schools, where you can learn different things outside of the curriculum like visual arts, performing arts, graphics and gaming, and film and media.
The teachers and the staff are the nicest people you will ever meet outside and inside the classroom. If you do good in class for a week the teachers will give you incentives also but you have to do really good.
Some advice I would give to you is to never give up and work hard! Always do your work and don’t try to fit in and be yourself. Always follow the rules. Do no follow what the other grades are doing and no matter what anyone says about you, don’t give up and ignore them. Put them out of your life. Remember this quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Darkness cannot drive out Darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that”.
Najae, 7th Grade
Hello, my name is Jada and I currently go to WSA middle school. I’ve been going to WSA for three years now and I’m now in 8th grade getting ready to move on to high school.
Every year when school came back it was very different from last. The work got harder, friendships ended, and my grades got better. Everyone knows that going to a new school is very scary especially when you have no idea what to expect. It’s scary and all but you should always come into school with an open mind, try new things that you might look at and be like “ew, that looks very boring!” because you never know what you’ll like until you try it. Always stay true to yourself, never change who you are for some other people that claim that they are your friends when they are encouraging you to do wrong.
Things you shouldn’t do when you are coming into a new school is use foul profanity at the teachers or students. You shouldn’t refuse to do work when asked because if you don’t do work you’ll fail and have to do 6th grade over. You shouldn’t cut class to hang out in the hallways when you should be in class because those hallways ain’t gonna help get you into high school or college or help you do right so that you can get a house and everything you want. You shouldn’t focus on drama because drama will affect everything you do! You shouldn’t be FIGHTING either! Violence does not solve your problems and it never will!
You all should focus on being respectful towards your teachers and your peers. Stay out of the drama and focus on your work. Respect others and yourself. Do everything you should be focused on and STAY OUT OF TROUBLE! You all are superstars getting ready so please do everything right. Welcome to 6th grade!