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 include:
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 7, 2018 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 16th from 3:45-5:45 PM
Orchard Park and Smoky Row – January 18th from 3:45-5:45 PM
Our School Counselors will visit the elementary schools in early - mid February to begin the scheduling process. Counselors 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 presentations.
Open House for Parents and Students will be held on April 25th 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 Graders 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 questions. 
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.
TRY ON Dates
January 31st, February 5th, and February 7th from 3:30-6:30pm

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 6:30pm.
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. Deanna Pitman, Principal
Carmel Middle School

5th Grade Parent Night Slideshow

5th Grade Scheduling - Parent Letter