New Spokane middle schools to welcome sixth and seventh graders

Flett Middle School to open on September 6
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SPOKANE, Wash. — Pauline Pascal Flett Middle School and Denny Yasuhara Middle School are two of three new middle schools joining Spokane Public Schools.

Both are welcoming sixth and seventh graders while this year’s eighth graders will stay at their current school.

Flett and Yasuhara are on the north side of town and were built to alleviate crowding at elementary schools as sixth graders will be moving up to middle schools for the first time.

Spokane Public Schools says sixth graders will be in for a new educational experience they wouldn’t get on an elementary school level.

They’ll have the chance to explore music, art, career and technical subjects in designated classrooms.

But to make the transition a little easier, there will be playgrounds.

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The schools feature classroom learning neighborhoods where clusters of students and teachers will have co-collaboration about curriculum and interaction throughout the day.

Areas that would normally be called a library and cafeteria are now learning and nutrition common spaces.

There will be a ribbon cutting on the first day of school for both schools on Tuesday, September 6 at 8:45 a.m.

Open house and dedication ceremonies for both schools will take place next month: Oct. 8 for Flett Middle School and Oct. 15 for Yasuhara Middle School.

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