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October 29, 2012

Peru Central faculty, parents and students adjust to sixth-grade move


“I really believe that we’re getting there.”

Though neither Dubuque nor her son feel the move was the right decision, she does feel, given the circumstances, the students are getting the best possible education they can. 

”I know the teachers,” she said. 

”They are the best at what they do, and I am laying my sons’s education in their hands and believing that they are going to do it right.”

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How do sixth-graders at Peru Central feel about learning in the Intermediate School instead of the Middle School?

"I did like it getting moved down because I happen to know this (intermediate) building a lot more than I do the Middle School," Connor McAuley said.

In addition, he has enjoyed not having to get up earlier in the morning to be at the Middle School, where classes start an hour before his do now.

Another bonus of being in the Intermediate School, he said, is having recess, which he will no longer have when he goes to the Middle School.

Also a consequence, however, is that sixth-graders are now the last in their building to eat lunch.

According to sixth-grader Logan Dubuque, by the time his class goes to the cafeteria at 1:20 p.m., the food has already been picked over by the lower grades.

"When we eat, there's barely anything to eat," he said.

However, the sixth-grade lunchtime is not abnormal, according to Peru Central School Superintendent Dr. Patrick Brimstein.

Lunch periods, he said, tend to range from 10:30 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m. across the district.

In an effort to make Peru Central's fifth-grade graduates feel more like sixth-graders, Brimstein added, they were given their own entrance to the Intermediate Building, as well as schedules that involve moving to different classrooms for some of their lessons.

Still, Logan said of the move, "I think it was a terrible decision."


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