So...here I am thinking about the new school year already. And now, it hit me (again)...that my baby will be starting Middle School next year! I teach first grade, so I've had her under my wing throughout elementary school. But, I've heard horror stories about MS and the things that go on. The MS principal gives a very good first impression and I haven't heard any negatives about the school. But I'm still worried. On top of that, I have to leave my house in the morning, and expect her to get herself completely ready and out of the house on time to walk to the bus stop for school. Do I trust an 11 yo to lock up my house???? Don't get me wrong, my daughter is pretty responsible for her age. But it still scares me! She will be attending a different school, because I wanted her to attend a bilingual program. So, there probably won't be any other kids from our area catching her bus to school. Most likely she's walking to the bus stop on her own. Is/was anyone else in this situation? How did you cope?