Fifth grade year is filled with many activities: trips, celebrations, the 5th grade musical, and graduation. Make sure you pay attention to Konstella messages from the 5th Grade Parent Representatives, who will coordinate many of these activities. There are many opportunities to volunteer.
Of course, 5th grade is also the year you apply to middle schools.
Staying informed about the middle school choice process is important. There are no zoned middle schools in our district, and every family will need to look at school choices and create an informed list of schools that are a good fit for their child. Families are urged to make sure that they are receiving Parent Coordinator Joan Bredthauer's grade 5 e-blasts. Some important 5th grade messages may also be sent through Konstella.
Middle Schools offer tours and open house events for 5th grade families beginning in early October. Some school require you to sign up for these events in September, so we recommend bookmarking the websites of schools that interest you, so that you can sign up as soon as the dates are posted.
In October, students receive the D15 Middle School Directory from Lori Mendez, School Counselor. Ms. Mendez is the middle school liaison. Each student will receive a personalized application in November. This year, the form is due back to us by December 1st.
Each year we offer information sessions about the middle school process: in June for 4th grade families, and in September for 5th grade families. A copy of the powerpoint is posted here.
Other helpful events include October's D15 Middle School Fair; it's an opportunity to speak with representatives of schools and hear a presentation on the middle school choice process from the DoE Office of Enrollment. In November, CEC 15 hosts a Middle School Forum, and many principals attend to speak about their schools and answer questions.