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Sixth grade students at Valley Crossing Community School asked students from Oak-land Junior High School's Global Concepts class questions about what their junior high futures hold. Staff photo by Amber Kispert

Valley Crossing Community embraces future school

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Sixth grade students at Valley Crossing Community School looked to the future on May 18 when they talked with seventh grade students at Oak-land Junior High School in Stillwater about what they can expect next year.

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During the question and answer session, students were able to speak over Skype, or video chat, about all of their fears and questions about moving to a new school. Questions ranged from "what is the rating system?" to "what is the daily routine?" to "what is the hardest class?"

Valley Crossing principal Mary Anderson said that it was Oak-land who came to them with the suggestion of letting the two groups talk since it is a beneficial way to dispel some of the myths and fears sixth grade students may have coming in.

"It's a great opportunity for students," she said.

Anderson also said it helps that a lot of the students at Oak-land came from Valley Crossing, so it was nice to have that connection and familiarity with the students.

"Skype is great because you get to see the kids and see the familiar faces."

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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