Outgoing Crain Middle School students reminisce
June 8, 2010 at 1:08 a.m.
Updated June 12, 2010 at 1:12 a.m.
The school district has been rezoned for the 2010-11 school year, dividing it into east and west learning communities, said Diane Boyett, school district spokeswoman.
Sixth- and seventh-graders at Crain will attend either Stroman, Howell or Patti Welder Magnet middle schools, depending on where they are zoned, she said.
Demolition at the former Crain Middle School campus is set to begin June 21.
The school becomes Crain Elementary School this fall after 56 years as Crain Middle School.
Students who were among the last eighth-grade class of the school, recounted their favorite memories and looked ahead to their futures at Victoria's two new high schools.
McKenna Simpson is looking forward to high school at Victoria East although she is a little disheartened by the fact that her middle school is being torn down, she said.
"Having the place where you grew up taken away from you, it's kind of hard," she said. "And all my memories are held here."
One of the most memorable events of McKenna's time at Crain happened just a few weeks ago. Someone hurled a banana at her, but McKenna remembered the food fight eruption in the cafeteria fondly.
They also had a school dance to bid Crain farewell. Although it was sad, it was a chance to see all the faculty and staff at the school, she said.
"It was one of those really special moments where you realize how much you appreciate the people in your life," she said.
McKenna remembers one of her teachers used a melody as a mnemonic device to get her students to remember the preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
Along with that tune, she remembers "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" by Soulja Boy Tell 'Em was a big hit in sixth-grade.
"That was the biggest thing to know how to do was the Soulja Boy," she said.
Chase Bennett's funniest memory of middle school was sprinting to class in the sixth grade.
"I mean, we would run to every class," he said. "We would be so scared that we'd be late, and now it's like we just walk and slunch back. It's not that hard anymore."
Juan Linn Magnet School students will migrate to the newly established Crain campus at mid-term when the refurbishing work at Crain is completed.
The new elementary school will keep the newer gym, library and cafeteria. Many other buildings are scheduled for demolition.
Although most of her old school is slated to be destroyed, McKenna looks forward to the opportunities at her newly built high school.
"With high school, there are new opportunities," she said. "But now with newer ones, there are more. It's just kind of a privilege to be able to have the last year of Crain and then the first year of the high school."