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Local administrator celebrates middle schoolers on National Middle Child Day

Published: Aug. 12, 2021 at 6:17 PM CDT
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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) - National Middle Child Day is observed annually on Aug. 14.

And some educators at North Belton Middle School say middle school students are lot like middle children, done with elementary school, but not quite old enough for high school.

Assistant Principal Kelli Dodd is a middle child herself, and says she’s been working with middle school students her entire career.

“It was not always fun I was the one that was always picked on as the middle child,” Dodd recalled. Some call it middle child syndrome, when a youngster falls in between the first born and the newborn.

But while sixth, seventh and eighth grade students may experience similar issues, Dodd says the middle school years are the best years.

“There is still an innocence to them, they’re not yet adults and they don’t need to try to be,” Dodd said.

“I always say middle school kids are my jam, there’s just an energy about them, I can do my jokes and sing songs to them,” she said.

“They’ll roll their eyes, but they still laugh.”

Elizabeth Cancel has been teaching science to middle schoolers for 13 years and she couldn’t agree more.

“When I got to 8th grade, I was like ‘wow these are my people. They still think I’m funny,’ (but) high school kids would not think I’m funny because I’m corny and punny,” she said as she gestured toward signs placed around the room with bearing such messages as “Can I get a WAT WAT,” and “How do you organize a space party? You planet.”

“You see this natural transition of independence. 6th graders still need you to walk them through things and eighth graders want to do everything on their own and you can see them grow up before our eyes,” Cancel said.

The new school year starts next Wednesday in the Belton ISD.

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