‘You are welcome here’: Flett Middle School opens to students, teachers for the new school year

SPOKANE, Wash. — The transition from elementary school to middle school is nothing new, but it’s not every day you get to start in a brand new building.

Flett Middle School and Yasuhara Middle School are two of three new schools joining Spokane Public Schools.

“To finally get to the first day of school and open this new building it’s phenomenal, it’s very exciting,” said Chief Operations Officer at SPS Shawn Jordan.

Both schools opened its doors to sixth and seventh graders who were excited to be the first students to attend.

“It’s very modern and it looks really cool, all the tables and everything set up,” said seventh grader Grace Conely.

It’s also the first year sixth graders will be moved up to the middle school level.

“I’m excited. I think it’s going to be cool,” said sixth grader Samson Marchese.

PHOTOS: Inside the new Flett Middle School

From the library to the lunchroom, everything is built differently than you would expect in a middle school.

These are now common spaces for students to connect during lunchtime, before and after school or during class.

Students can also collaborate and stay connected in the learning neighborhoods.

Flett Middle School has four of them, where students can go to each of their classes without having to travel very far.

Both students and teachers, like sixth grade English teacher Jenny Selland, played a role in the planning process two years ago to help create the best middle school experience possible.

“To walk in last week and see it come to fruition and see all of our plans and dreams for the building, it gives me goosebumps actually. It’s amazing,” Selland said.

Next year, eighth graders will be walking the halls too.

While starting a new grade in a new school can be scary, Selland wants all students to know they’re not alone.

“We just want everyone to know that at Flett, whether you’re a sixth grader, a seventh grader, or eventually, our eighth graders, you are seen, you are a part of our community, you are welcome here,” she said.

Flett Middle School (5020 W Wellesley Ave.) will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dedication ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on October 8.

Yasuhara Middle School (2701 N Perry St.) will have a similar event at the same time on October 15.

READ: New Spokane middle schools to welcome sixth and seventh graders