|A/N| Heya, friends! The name's Piper! This is my first ever thing on AO3, so this may be bad. I previously posted this on Wattpad, and I wanted to post it here as well!
Be it angsty or fluffy, I love writing, and I love Newsies. Also, I say "so" a lot. Just so you're aware.
So yeah, if you read the book title correctly, this is a Newsies middle school au! This will introduce you to the au my book follows.
So, as you probably guessed, this is modern. This would make no sense in the canon setting.
Like normal middle schools, the grades are 6th, 7th, and 8th.
There are clubs, such as music groups, student council, and sports.
Also, the way this works kinda matches the way my middle school worked.
My school has block schedules and A-Day + B-Day instead of periods.
Unless you are going/went to my middle school (a 0.01% chance), you're sure to be confused how things work.
I'll explain things some more.
Instead of periods, we have blocks. Here is a brief explanation.
Sixth graders - Block 1 is a core class, Block 2 is their creative arts or gym class, and Blocks 3 and 4 are core classes as well. Block 3 is four shifts: lunch, co-curricular, then two shifts of class.
Seventh graders - Block 1 is creative arts or gym class, then the other are core classes. Block 3 is four shifts: one shift of class, lunch, co-curricular, then another shift of class.
Eighth graders - The first three blocks are core classes, then Block 4 is creative arts or gym class. Eighth graders always take Spanish class if they choose Foreign Language as one of their creative arts. Eighth graders can take Spanish full-year, half-year, or only a marking period. Block 3 is four shifts: one shift of class, co-curricular, lunch, then another shift of class.
The creative arts are Art, Foreign Language (Spanish and French), Home-Ec, Music, and Tech Ed (Workshop). One per marking period, so students can only take four a year (eighth graders are an exception)
A-Day + B-Day
For students, knowing if it's an A-Day or a B-Day is crucial. Their classes change depending on which it is. Most students have creative arts one day, then gym the next, or vice-versa. For 7th and 8th graders, it being a specific day can determine if they have Science or Geography/US History that day!
Some schools have study hall, but my middle school had co-curricular! They're basically the same. Most extracurriculars (such as Band, Orchestra, Chorus/Choir, and Student Council) happen during this time.
Sixth Grade's Science and Social Studies
6th grade is confusing. Half the year, they'll have Science. The other half, they'll have Social Studies. Students may forget. Poor them!
Here are some of the clubs at my old middle school:
Band- Meets during shift two and blocks that aren't block three in the band room. Sixth graders are always in the grey band, but 7th graders can be in it too. 7th and 8th are almost always in the blue band. Some students are in jazz band, which is more advanced and exciting. Gray band meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while blue band meets the rest of the days. Instruments include clarinets and bass clarinets, alto saxes, tenor saxes, and baritone saxes, flutes, trumpets, trombones, and drums (sometimes bells, xylophones, and pianos).
Orchestra: Meets shift two on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and during classes that aren't block three all five days in the auditorium. All grades are combined into one group. Instruments include violins, violas, and cellos.
.Chorus and Choir- Chorus is for all grades, while choir is for 7th and 8th graders. Chorus meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays during shift two; 7th graders eat lunch with 8th grade. Choir meets on the other three days during shift three; 8th graders eat lunch with 7th graders. All-County Chorus meets after school and requires try-outs.
.Student Council- This works like how any student council works. It meets during co-currucular most days.
I know, my old middle school's confusing. Luckily, I'm starting high school this year, so I'll be subject to even more confusion! Yay...
Anyway, the next part will be bios for some of the characters featured in the story (including my oc, Orchid). Look forward to that. Bye for now, friends!