Incoming sixth graders at New Richmond Middle School got a jump start on their transition to a new school building during orientation sessions last week.

About 200 students took part in the annual orientation program, which was conducted in three and a half hour morning and afternoon sessions Aug. 13, 14 and 15.

Linda Reuvers, coordinator for the sessions and a sixth grade teacher, said almost all of the incoming students attend a session.

"We have great participation," she said.

When they first arrived at the orientation, students filled out a short survey. Then they listen to several presentations from staff, teachers and fellow middle schoolers. Volunteers with the Tiger Crew, made up of current middle schoolers and high school freshman, share what they liked about attending school in the new building.

After that, the students enjoyed a tour of the large facility. They were also given time to test their locker combination, as for all sixth graders a locker is a new thing.

The orientation also allowed students time to look through their schedule and figure out where each class was located. Middle school is the first building during a student's educational career where they move to different rooms for various classes.