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1 W ELCOME TO G ERMANTOWN M IDDLE S CHOOL

2 MidmMiddle School I am looking forward to going to middle school. I am excited and a little nervous. Somehow all the kids seem to like it,but They love telling me horror stories about what goes on there. My parents are the ones who are really nervous. If they ask me once more if I am scared, I think they will convince me that I really am. -Author Unknown

3 What Can I Expect from Middle School? In elementary school you wondered about which teacher you would have next year. In middle school, you may have to get to know a different teacher for every class. No two are the same, and some you will like more than others. Keep in mind, they are all on your side. Get to know their expectations and what they like and don’t like. Middle school means choices and more choices! Not only do you take part in academic classes, but also, there is the opportunity to participate in clubs, sports, band, choir, and art! Be sure to keep in mind that some electives have outside commitments! Don’t take on more than you can handle! There are also new rules about dress codes! Learn to Balance! The path through middle school can seem tricky at times! Eat right, exercise, get plenty of rest, and find time to de-stress! Middle school can be lot’s of fun- especially if you decide to make it that way!

4 Scheduling  Students in grade six are required to take five core classes- reading, math, English, science, and social studies. In addition, there is a new course requirement called Computer/Writing.  NEW CLASS – You will take one class one semester and the other, the second semester. Only a few students may be eligible to opt out.  Students must also be enrolled in a course that meets the state-mandated PE requirement (band, choir, or PE).  Opt out to meet PE requirement - Consideration will be given if you are an accelerated student who may qualify for two electives.  If you meet accelerated requirements, you may sign up to take accelerated math or English. You must have your teachers recommendation, 70% or above on April MAP assessment. Return completed choice sheets to your teacher by April 8 th.

5 Don’t Worry, Be Happy! Student Worries How long are the classes? How long between each class? Where do I go when I get to school? How will I find my way around? What is lunch like? What if I don’t know anybody? When do I get to use the library? Do we have recess? Parent Worries Where do I drop my kids off? How do I communicate with teachers? Will I ever know what is going on? How will I stay informed? Will there be a lot of homework? How many kids in each class? Can I still be involved?

6 Communication is Key! Work with school staff – principal, counselor, school nurse, librarian, data entry, secretary, and most important – your teachers!! Talk to folks who know the ropes! This includes older kids and adults you already know and trust. Visit the website! Go to Visit the “Student Services” tab.www.madison-schools.com/gtm Click on “Jill Newell” for copies of this PowerPoint and other 6 th grade Orientation information. “Making the Most out of Middle School” will provide you with useful tips on academic and social success. Sign up for Active Parent. Monitor teacher sites daily! Feel free to call or ANYTIME!

7 So What Does a Day in the Life of a Sixth Grader Look Like?


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