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What Every Student Should Know About Starting Middle School. Eastern Middle School. You Are In Middle School Now. You are going to have a chance to:. Meet more people!!. Have more independence. Think about your goals for the future. Choose activities that interest YOU!.

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you are in middle school now
You Are In Middle School Now
  • You are going to have a chance to:
  • Meet more people!!
  • Have more independence
  • Think about your goals for the future
  • Choose activities that interestYOU!
Sad. It can be difficult if you aren’t in the same classes with some of your friends. But it gives you a chance to make new friends!

It means you’re getting older, so it is ok to feel:

Excited!!! There is a lot to look forward to.

Nervous. Starting middle school can be a little scary. Don’t worry– lots of other kids will be feeling nervous, TOO

how is middle school different
How Is Middle School Different?

Different classes. You will go to a different classroom for each subject...So you’ll need to learn where each class is. You will have 5 minutes between each class period, which is plenty of time.

Don’t worry…….you can be a few minutes late the first few days of school until you learn your way!

how else is middle school different
How Else Is Middle School Different?
  • New rules. Read your handbook and follow the rules!
  • A busier schedule!!
  • More teachers
  • More schoolwork…

How will you ever do it???

2 be sure you understand your assignments
#2 Be Sure You Understand Your Assignments
  • If you have a question don’t be afraid to ask it! Others probably have the same question as you, so raise your hand!
  • Don’t leave school without understanding what your homework is and how to do it.
3 make time for homework
#3 Make Time For Homework
  • Find a quiet place to work. Make sure it has plenty of light. And none of this ->
  • Call friends when your work is done.
  • Once your homework IS COMPLETED…check your backpack and put your things in a safe place for the next day…like here:

and here:

what is there to get involved with in middle school
What Is There To Get Involved With In Middle School?
  • Student Council
  • Athletics
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Cheerleading
  • Spell Bowl
  • Chess Club
  • Robotics

Eastern MS Athletic Teams





  • Cross Country





Track and Field

good friendships vs peer pressure
Good FriendshipsVs.Peer Pressure
  • Negative peer pressure is when people try to get you to do things you don’t want to do and that you know aren’t right. Good friends make you a better person, and they make you feel good about your decisions.
Resisting peer pressure is a sign of independence and strength. Remember who you are and be proud of yourself when you make your own decisions based on who you are and who you represent!






You have goals in your life.

  • Don’t let anything get in your way.
In Middle School You’ll Get Lots of Guidance to Help You!!
  • Advisor/Advisee (during homeroom)
  • Incentives (field trips, lunch treats, extra credit, early lunch privileges)
  • Office Hours (homework help from 3:10 – 4:00 M, T, W, Th)
  • Agenda Books to keep track of homework
  • STI Home+ to keep track of grades and homework
  • Guidance Department Website – www.eastern.k12.in.us
  • Career Field Trips and Career Lessons
  • Graduation Plans/Info. Regarding High School Diploma Options
  • Guidance Counselor in Classrooms for Guidance Lessons
  • Access to Guidance Counselor for social, emotional, academic, career/college needs

Mr. Standish – Asst. Principal 7, 8, 9

Mrs. Harrison – Guidance Counselor 7, 8, 9

Mrs. Lavengood – MS Secretary/Treasurer

Mrs. Dean – Main Office Secretary

Mrs. Dugdale – School Nurse

Get to Know Your Teachers &

the Staff!!!


Mrs. Silver,

Special Services Director

Mr. Dryer,

Maintenance Director

Ron Wyatt,

Guidance Director 10, 11,12

Robin Downing,

Guidance Secretary

Diane Dabbs

Athletic Secretary

Dr. Caddell, Superintendent

Mrs. Smith,

Principal 7 – 12

Mr. Richie,

Asst. Principal 10,11,12

Mr. Wilson,

Athletic Director

Mr. Bagley

Technology Director


Mr. Shrock Mrs. Kantz Mrs. Howell Mrs. Patterson Mrs. Carpenter

Social Studies 7 Science 7 Math 7 Language Arts 7 Special Services 7/8

Eastern Middle School Teams 7 & 8

Mrs. Walter Mr. Strand Mrs. Hanny Mr. Edwards Mr. Wyatt

Math/Algebra 8 Science 8 Language Arts 8 Social Studies 8 Special Services 7/8



Music Teachers

Mrs. Culp, Mr. Keisling, Mrs. Bishir,

P.E. 7/8 ITE 7/8 FACS 7/8

Mrs. Walker,

Health 7/8

Mrs. Thomas,

Exploring Math 7/8

Mrs. Nicholson,

Art 7/8

Mrs. Goodrich,

Computers 7/8

Mrs. Matthews, Mr. Matthews Mrs. Evenson,

Orchestra 7/8 Band 7/8 Choir 7/8