Jenna had once told me that she thought it would be fun to be in junior high. I personally never believed that - especially while attending. I think my brother, Corey, hated junior high even more than I did. He has been a substitute teacher in both high school and elementary but has chosen not to deal with the misfits of junior high. Too many bad memories.
I did not choose to share my feelings about junior high - or middle school as some districts call it. She'd find out soon enough - or hopefully not at all. I would just smile and say, "That's great honey." while thinking, "I really hope it works out for you."
Before school started, Jenna was apprehensive about going. Of course I understand. I was always apprehensive about the start of school - especially one I had not attended the year prior.
If we were living in Salt Lake, Jenna would still be attending her last year elementary school. But here, in Oregon, she is attending her first year of middle school. I actually hadn't heard too many positive things about the school she currently attends. One neighbor drives her children to Canyonville, and I heard of another who makes the drive to Riddle. But Coffenberry has a music program not offered in Canyonville.
Jenna has made many friends and loves middle school. She enjoys most of her classes - especially band. I love her enthusiasm. I have not seen her this excited since she was in kindergarten.
Of course the youth center helps - though she really doesn't care for the bus ride out there. She does enjoy being active after school. And I am happy that she gets her homework done and gets to enjoy arts and crafts and learning skills. It's so great to have her happy again.
Last night I took her to the middle school for a family fun night. The theme was "Finding Nemo" and there was a scavenger hunt, a passport map, jeopardy, crafts, decorating a cookie, the book fair, playing games. I met a few of her friends as we went from room to room and building to building and she would point to certain areas where she had this class or that. I met a few of her teachers. I can't wait for parent/teacher's conference.
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My impression of Coffenberry has been a good one. I am also grateful for the opportunities that Jenna has had since we have moved to Oregon. As a whole, I am so much happier here than I was in Utah. But then I look at pictures of family members - two that I haven't even met in person, and I get a bit homesick for my family members. But overall I really am happy here. I'm especially happy that Jenna is happy. I'm so happy that she likes school.