5th to 6th Grade Transition

“Virtual” Incoming Sixth Grade Parent Night:


Parents:  Click HERE to ask a question about the transition


Parents:  Click
HERE to view responses to others' questions

 

STUDENTS:  "Step Up Day" is the week of May 24th

  • Monday, May 24: Williams-Cone Elementary School
  • Tuesday, May 25: Woodside Elementary School
  • Thursday, May 27: Harpswell and Bowdoinham Community Schools
  • Friday, May 28: Bowdoin Central School



April 14, 2021 Letter to All 5th Grade Parents:


 

Welcome Future Sixth Grade Families!


We are so excited that your child will be attending Mt. Ararat Middle School next year!  Although it may be hard to believe, it is now time for us to begin planning for this very important transition. As your child moves from your local, “neighborhood” elementary school to our combined, regional middle school, our goal is to make that experience as seamless as possible. While we know that this is a very exciting time for many of our families, we also recognize that there can be some anxiety. We have many events planned throughout this spring and late this summer to help ensure that you and your child feel comfortable in and welcomed to our school community.


“Virtual” Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night:  In a typical year, our process begins with an invitation to all fifth grade parents to meet at the Orion Performing Arts Center at Mt. Ararat Middle School. This year, however, in order to conform with CDC guidelines and recommendations, we are going to host our transition activities virtually. We invite you to join us via ZOOM on Tuesday, April 27th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm for an opportunity to hear about the Mt. Ararat Middle School experience. We will focus on the transition and placement process, the middle school approach to teaching and learning, and “a day in the life” of a 6th grade student.  


Following introductions and a brief video, we will move into three breakout rooms for presentations from our middle school administration team, school counseling department, and sixth grade teachers. Prior to this event, we encourage you to check out information about OUR SCHOOL, including our school’s mission, vision, and philosophy, team descriptions and “teamography map,” as well as a brief overview about student placement. 


For parents who have a child enrolled in special education, Cathy Curtis, Special Services Coordinator, will be sending out a separate email communication about these services at the Middle School.  


Please understand that our intended audience for this event is fifth grade parents and guardians. In the days and weeks following Incoming Sixth Grade Parent Night, we will have events geared towards our incoming sixth grade students, including “virtual” middle school counselor visits, “Step Up Days” scheduled by school during the week of May 24, and our annual Ice Cream Social, which we anticipate occurring in late August. 


Regarding Team Placement:  Although we will make the final determination as to your child’s sixth grade placement, with deference given to creating balanced teams and providing appropriate educational services (e.g. special education, gifted/talented services, etc.), we welcome you to share any information about your child that may aid us in the placement process. This information may include:


  • Information about your child’s learning style
  • Past educational successes and challenges
  • Strong preference around “looping” or “non-looping” team placement for seventh/eighth grades


The team that your child is placed on for sixth grade will determine team placements for seventh and eighth grades.  


If you wish to provide input into your child’s placement, please write a letter to me with the above information by May 28th.  You can mail this letter to the middle school to my attention. You can also attach it in an email. Your letter may be shared with your child’s teachers so that they can learn more about your child and their learning style. If you would prefer for the information included to remain confidential between the counselors and administrators, please make a note of that in your letter.   


We look forward to “seeing” you on Tuesday, April 27th for the first step in welcoming your child to our school. If you have any questions or concerns, or you are not able to make it to Incoming Sixth Grade Parent Night, please do not hesitate to reach out. I am also happy to meet individually with any fifth grade parent at any time.


With Gratitude,

Megan Hayes Teague

Interim Principal


 

 

 






 


 



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