From the Principals

Dear Parents,

 

Transition season...

 

Although we are still in the thick of winter, the middle schools are well underway in our processes for transitioning students.  The most significant steps involve our students transitioning into middle school from 5th grade as well as our 8th graders transitioning out.  However, we’re always looking for opportunities to enhance or streamline our process for all of our students.  Here are some highlights of the process:

 

For incoming 6th graders:

 

·      We’ve streamlined the 5th grade teacher input form to reduce the number of fields of information to focus on the most salient details for middle school.

·      We’ve streamlined the parent input form, also reducing the number of fields of information in order to allow parents to provide the information they feel is most critical to their child’s success.

·      Consistent with the transition process at all other District 34 schools as well as a middle school philosophy focusing on openness and growth, the middle schools will not be utilizing friendship requests as a part of the team placement process.  Parents will still be able to provide feedback regarding concerns or conflicts that may impact their child’s learning.

·      5th Grade Parent Orientation is on March 21 at both middle schools, and all of the 5th graders visit the middle schools on March 24.

 

From 6th to 7th grade:

 

·      We’ve streamlined the parent input form, also reducing the number of fields of information in order to allow parents to provide the information they feel is most critical to their child’s success.

·      Consistent with the transition process at all other District 34 schools as well as a middle school philosophy focusing on openness and growth, the middle schools will not be utilizing friendship requests as a part of the team placement process.  Parents will still be able to provide feedback regarding concerns or conflicts that may impact their child’s learning.

 

The 7th to 8th grade transition: this process is unchanged. For parents with first time 7th graders, simply note that students “loop” with their team, which means she or he will stay with the same team and teachers for 8th grade.

 

Our graduating 8th graders:

 

·      GBS counselors visited the middle schools to provide information to 8th graders about high school and the registration process.

·      GBS hosted an Incoming Freshman Curriculum Night on Jan. 21 and an Incoming Freshman Activities Night on Feb. 3. 

·      GBS counselors return to the middle schools on Feb. 19 (Attea) and Feb. 22 (Springman) in order to complete the registration process.  This step replaces the 8th graders going to GBS for tours and counselor meetings.  The high school intends to provide a comprehensive orientation for students in August.

·      Information about graduation and related end-of-year activities will be sent to parents in the coming weeks.

 

It is a busy and exciting period for staff and students, and we’ll work hard to make the process as smooth and enjoyable for all of our students.

 

Ms. Allyson Thorne, Acting Principal, Springman Middle School

Mr. Mark Richter, Principal, Attea Middle School