“This is pure exposure,” Brimstein said.
It was also thought the sixth-graders wouldn’t have access to music opportunities in the Intermediate School.
However, Brimstein said, the school’s teachers and administrators worked together to create a sixth-grade choral group and also a combined fifth- and sixth-grade band and orchestra.
“They came up with a beautiful and elegant solution,” the superintendent said.
In addition, Scotto di Carlo said the transition into the Intermediate School was made easier by the school’s Principal Scott Storms, who held an open house for parents at the start of the academic year to familiarize them with the new operation.
“He walked us through the classrooms,” she said.
Dubuque, however, feels the Intermediate School classrooms are too small to accommodate the sixth-graders.
And her son, Logan, agrees.
“I think I would have more fun in the Middle School than in the intermediate,” he said in a separate interview. “It’s just so crowded.
“We’re practically sitting on top of each other.”
Connor, on the other hand, said he is “pretty comfortable” in the classrooms.
And according to Scotto di Carlo, the classrooms don’t appear to be anymore crowded with sixth-graders than they were with fifth-graders last year.
Brimstein noted that while he hasn’t measured the rooms, the district spent a lot of time making sure they were in prime shape for the incoming sixth-graders.
“I don’t think that the room size has any way impacted student learning,” he said.
Brimstein, who joined the district shortly after the sixth-grade relocation was approved by the School Board last spring, added that the transition seems to have gone smoothly.
“I know that it was a tough decision last year,” he said, “and I know that the teachers are continuing to adjust.