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    Berkley’s Anderson Middle School welcomes students back


    To a new sixth grader, Anderson Middle School feels “big.”

    Bigger compared with his elementary school. Bigger than his house. Bigger than the screen of a laptop or tablet, one of the main portals to school for many students in the past year and a half.

    Monday marked the first day of school in Berkley and at Anderson, a school of about 500 students in grades six to eight. Monday also meant opening day for scores of other schools statewide. Others open after Labor Day.

    The 150 or so sixth graders at Anderson were launched into an entirely new experience. A group of boys who were clustered together said they felt “excited” for the day, while the building felt “big.” 

    Before she ran into the school building, Jessica Sturm, who is 11-year-old Temperance Schofield’s mother,called to her daughter, “Do you know your first hour?” 

    Mario Evans, 43, of Southfield, left, shakes hands with Anderson Middle School principal Michael Ross after he dropped off his twin daughters Kaylin Evans, 11, and  Kamrin Evans, 11, to 6th grade at the school in Berkley Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.

    Temperance knelt to the ground and dug through her backpack, then held up her schedule triumphantly before heading into school. 

    Her parents stuck around a few minutes, excited but anxious for their daughter, starting sixth grade at a new school in a new district, after moving to Berkley from the Royal Oak district this year.

    “She wasn’t talking to anybody here,” Sturm said. “Was that first day jitters?” 



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