6th Grade Transition

Welcome to Middle School

Clay Middle School
Counseling Services Department
Welcome to 6th Grade!

 "To do good things in the world, first you must know who you are and what gives meaning to your life."
-Paula P. Brownlee-

6th Grade Course Selections

*Please note that the 2018-2019 Online Course Request System will be open from February 1 - February 26.


Clay Middle School counselors will visit each elementary school the week of February 5 to begin the course selection process for next year.  Please use these 6th Grade Online Course Request Instructions to navigate our online course request system.  All changes to course requests will be due via the online course request system by February 26, 2018.  After this day, any requests for changes can be emailed to Mrs. Naas.  These can be accepted through May 25, 2018. 

Course Descriptions can be found in our Program of Studies.

Dates and Information

It is hard to believe that we are already beginning to prepare for the 2018-2019 school year.  We are excited for the opportunity to welcome and get to know our incoming 5th grade students.  Below is a summary of orientation activities.  These events are designed to answer questions, provide information, smooth the transition and get students excited to come to Clay Middle School.

January 23 Parent/Student Orientation 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Parents meet in the auditorium with administrators and counselors to learn about the 6th grade scheduling process while students meet in the gymnasium to learn more about middle school and our performing arts courses.

Parent Scheduling Information Presentation

February 1, 2018    9:00 a.m.    Parent Coffee

Clay Middle School administrators, counselors and student services coordinators will host a coffee at Clay Middle School to answer questions and get to know our new Clay parents.

Week of Feb. 5
Clay counselors visit elementary schools to meet with students in computer labs.

Clay Middle School counselors will visit each elementary school to speak with 5th grade students about selecting courses for 6th grade. We will walk students through the steps of the online scheduling process.  Parents should login to the course request system with their child to discuss and review course requests.  The system remains open through February 26, 2018. 

February 26, 2018   Deadline for online course selections.

After this date, parents may request changes to course selections via email to Erin Naas.  Drop/add requests will be accepted through May 25, 2018.

April 18, 2018    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Clay Middle School Open House

Incoming sixth grade students and families are invited to attend an informal open house at Clay.  

Activity Nights

4:00 pm—6:00 pm

During these afternoon meetings students will take a tour of the school, meet with current students, enjoy pizza and learn about the day-to-day life of a Clay student!

Parents should drop off and pick up at Door #1.

Prairie Trace - January 11 - Boys' Basketball

Mohawk Trails - February 8 (combined with FDE)

Forest Dale -  February 8 - Girls' Basketball

Woodbrook - February 15 - Girls' Basketball


Online Course Request FAQ

How do I login to the Online Course Request system?

Go to any Carmel Clay Schools webpage and type 'ocr' in the white search box.

What is my child's username and password?

Your student will use their Carmel Clay Schools' network username and password.  This is the same login information students use to access the computers at school. 

How do I change a class?

If you wish to change a course selection, click on the pencil in the right hand column next to the class you would like to change.  This will pop up a list of course options.  From here, you can simply place a check-mark to the left of the course you want to select.  This will remove the check-mark next to the original course selection.  Click okay in the pop up box and scroll to the bottom of the page where you will click submit.

Transition Tips

The transition to Middle School is an exciting time of change and opportunity for both parents and students.  Below you will find a document outling advice and tips in making this a smooth transition.  We hope that the move to Clay Middle School will be a positive experience.

Tips for Parents on a Successful Transition to Middle School

Transition Tips for Students and Parents

6th Grade Performing Arts

Please use this link to sign up for an instrument "try on". 

Middle School Classes

2018-2019 Middle School Program of Studies
The Middle School Program of Studies provides a description of all courses offered at Clay.

6th Grade Elective Course Description Cheat Sheet
Read about the elective classes offered to 6th grade students (only).

World Language FAQ
World Language Video
Learn about Clay's exploratory world language requirements and course options.

STEM Video

AVID 6 Video

Mixed Media 6 Video

Digital Learning I

Advanced and Honors Placement

K-8 High High Ability Identification Handbook
Carmel Clay Schools' High Ability Identification Handbook explains our high ability mission statement and includes definitions, timelines and details regarding placement criteria.

6th Grade Advanced and Honors Placement Summary
This document summarizes frequently asked questions regarding advanced and honors placement.