SurvivingMiddle SchoolFAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION at COCKRILL Middle School. Ms. Judith O\'Toole. For most of you, middle school represents the beginning of a transitionfrom childhood to young adulthood. The years between 6th grade and 8th grade are very important because they set the foundation for your success in high school and beyond. For the first time, you will be learning in six or seven classrooms, with more teachers, and probably more homework. .