Think back to your middle school yearbook picture – do you cringe a little bit? Do you remember a hormone-filled, socially awkward period of your life where your mind has developed faster than your body... or maybe the other way around. Ages 11 to 14 can also be a time of intellectual and emotional awakening for young people – when they discover their talents and interests and meet lifelong friends.
Over the past few weeks, Kansas City Public Schools held community forums to discuss the reorganization of the district’s middle grades, and possibly returning to the concept of stand-alone middle schools. The district’s tweens have been bounced around quite a bit over the past few years.