He is bummed because they don't keep "teams" together....which means he has to hope old friends are randomly put in his group or he finds his niche quickly. I hate they don't move up together, but I understand....the student body is huge...so big they are in the old high school. I just fixed him a huge lunch including his last piece of birthday cake. I hope that helps ease things. I wish him luck and reminded him we have all Saturdays in August to swim, so school is not the end of summer. I'll be glad ,believe it or not when he gets to high school and mingling with everyone is acceptable. Making new friends every single year has been the hardest on him. I wish us both luck, I will totally miss him, and he will be totally lost at least until lunch.
Poor thing:( middle school sucks, we all know it. There is not one friend in his group and "no one like me!" I always tell him give it two weeks, but that's a long two weeks. At lunch, he sat down with some kids who stared at him and actually physically moved from the table. He ate alone. He loves his teachers (but he loves learning so....) but to be "well rounded" he needs a friend circle....not like he can eat with the teachers. I remember middle school, if you are "bookish" at all or not into pop culture, it is really hard. On the plus side, his scores from last year placed him in ninth grade algebra, skipping 8th grade math completely. I told him how thrilling that was and he still had his academic club, that he may already know some kids. Any other advice ya'll can give me to boost his confidence.