Families of Fifth-Grade Students,

  • Planning for middle school will soon begin, and we look forward to working with you and your child during this important transition process.

    Each student will be assigned to leveled sixth-grade courses in English, reading, and mathematics. The levels are Accelerated Honors, Honors, and Grade Level. The 2020-2021 Middle School Course Description Guide provides details for each of the courses.

    The district will use a combination of data points, including teacher recommendations, sixth-grade report card grades, and test scores, to place each student. Our goal is to ensure that course work appropriately challenges each student. You will receive preliminary placement information in early May through Parent Portal.

    You will have an opportunity to discuss the middle school transition process, including preliminary sixth-grade coursework during parent-teacher conferences scheduled for March 11-13, 2020. You are also invited to attend a middle school information night on May 6, 2020, to learn more about the transition process from your soon to be middle school principal.

    Please see the reverse side of this letter for a detailed description of the middle school rigor levels.


    Dr. Robert Sokolowski                        Dr. Sara Missett                              Dr. Tammi Florio
    Assistant Superintendent                   Director of Elementary Education     Director of Teaching & Learning
    Director of Secondary Education

5th to 6th Grade Course Selection Timeline for 2020 - 2021

  • Date


    Week of December 9 

    Send 5th to 6th course selection timeline to teacher and principals

    February 3

    5th grade parent letter and course guides sent home with students

    February 3 - 18

    Teacher recommendation window

    February 19

    6th grade music recommendations with parent signature due to elementary music teacher

    February 20

    5th to 6th grade recommendations due to MS principals                             

    May 1

    Preliminary recommendations available in Parent Portal

    May 6

    5th to 6th parent meetings at the middle schools beginning at 7pm