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Transition to Middle School

This week and next week, fifth graders are meeting with the Middle School team to start. Mr. George, Mr. Bohnen, and Ms. Cormier are coming into our classrooms to talk about what to expect. Students are taking note of questions they have. On Friday, May 26, fifth grade will be spending the morning as a sixth grade student.

Here is a presentation that Mr. George, Mr. Bohnen, and Ms. Cormier.

Music Options For Sixth Grade

Dear Grade 5 Families,

We are amazed that we are now in the process of thinking about the children’s transition into middle school. In order to help facilitate this transition, we ask that you sit down with your child to discuss which music class they will take. In Middle School, all students have the opportunity to choose the music performing group in which they will study. They may choose to take one music class and one elective class, or two music classes. Music classes meet every other day throughout the year. There are two mandatory evening concerts and further opportunities for performance throughout the year.

The music options for Grade 6 are:

Choir – mixed groups; no prior experience necessary
Band A – for students with prior experience
Band B – for students who have no experience or are new to their instrument
Strings A – for students with prior experience
Strings B – for students who have no experience or are new to their instrument

Students currently in 5th Grade Band or Strings will take a placement test at the end of the current school year to determine their readiness for Band A or Strings A.

Please talk this over at home and complete this form by the 2nd of June so we can plan the schedule and ensure it is ready for the next year.



MAP Testing

Dear Parents, 

Grade 5 students will be involved in MAP testing over the next 2 weeks.  Our schedule is as follows:

  • Math:  Monday morning, May 15
  • Reading:  Wednesday afternoon, May 17
  • Language Usage:  Monday morning, May 22
  • Extra time, as needed:  Friday morning, May 19, Thursday, May 25, and Friday, May 26

Please ensure that your child has a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast on these days.