5th to 6th Transition Information

Parents of future Carmel Middle School COUGARS,

It is difficult to imagine, but it is time to begin thinking about
the transition of your 5th grade elementary student to middle
school.  We have a number of events scheduled to help in making this
transition smooth and comfortable for all students. 

Important dates that you will want to mark on your calendar

Parent Scheduling Information Night: This is an
evening event for parents only. During this presentation, administration &
counseling will share information about the scheduling process and course
offerings. A Program of Studies will be emailed  during the 1st couple of
weeks in January if you wish to preview this information in advance. The Scheduling Information Night will take
place on Wednesday, February 1st beginning at 6:30pm in the Carmel Middle
School Auditorium.

An Activity Night is also scheduled for our feeder elementary schools. This is an event for
students only.  Students take a tour of our school, play games, learn
more about our performing arts classes, enjoy pizza and a middle school
basketball game.  

Carmel Elementary and Cherry Tree – January 24th from 3:45-5:45 PM

Orchard Park and Smoky Row – January 25th from 3:45-5:45 PM

Our Student Services Coordinators will visit the elementary schools in early - mid February to begin the scheduling process. 
Student Services Coordinators will provide information that will assist students in completing
their class schedule on-line.  Parents will have the opportunity to view
the student’s selected course requests on-line following these

Open House for Parents and Students will be held on April 19th from 5:30-7:30. This is a great
opportunity for the whole family to come in and tour our building,
learn more about clubs and activities, and talk with key staff at Carmel Middle
School. This is an informal event, come whenever fits in your schedule.

In addition, a team of Carmel Middle School 6th
will accompany building administration on a visit to each  feeder elementary school during
the 4th quarter to get to know our future Cougars and answer any student

Finally, our Performing Arts Department is excited to host TRY ON events in February. This is not an
audition, as all students are eligible to participate in performing arts (band,
choir, orchestra). The try ons allow our directors and students to find the
most successful fit. Sign ups are required to attend a try on. The try on link
is located here.

Dates for Try On's
Include: Feb. 1st, 6th, and 8th from

Make Up Try On
Date: Feb 15th from 3:30-6:30pm

Additionally,the Parent Information Night for Performing Arts (after students try on
instruments and express interest in the programming) is on February 28th at

We are so excited to welcome our new Cougars to Carmel Middle
School.  As we work through the activities identified, feel free to
contact me with any questions. 

Go Cougars!

Mrs. Lila Jay, Principal

Carmel Middle School


5th Grade Scheduling - Parent Letter