Welcome to Middle School
We are so excited to have you here! The transition from elementary to middle school is an exciting time for students and families. On this page, you will find information about different procedures common to sixth graders at Russell Middle School and some of the things that we do to make the transition from elementary to middle school a positive experience for our students. Please explore each of our pages for more information about us and our classes.
What to Expect in Sixth Grade
- Students will be given a Chromebook to use for school.
- Students are on a block schedule. This means that they will go to Class Periods 1-4 on Red Days and Periods 5-8 on Blue Days. Each day at school will have two core classes, one Mastery Resource Class and one elective.
- Most students will have a Mastery Resource Class every day of the week. This is why it appears twice on their schedule, once for Red Days (period 2) and once for Blue Days (period 6). This class will provide daily support to help students maximize their academic perfomance, as well as teaching them important lessons such as:
- Study skills
- Talking to teachers
- Relating to peers
- Being a successful middle school student
- Students will be assigned 2 WEB Leaders to help them with the transition to middle school. These eighth graders are here to help students acclimate to middle school. They help with everything from finding classrooms to opening lockers.
- Sixth grade students have a counselor that will follow them through sixth, seventh and eighth grade. Ms. Genna Dacanay (or Ms. Dac) is available to help with anything, from schedules to fights with friends.
- The sixth grade team understands how challenging this transition can be and encourages parents to reach out with questions, concerns or to ask for help. We are here to support not just students, but parents as well during this exciting time.
Sixth Grade Expectations
- Be prepared, be respectful, be on time.
- Once you have entered the virtual classroom, please stay in the classroom.
- No toys or personal items should be brought to class.
- Only Chromebooks are allowed in class. No personal devices, such as cell phones or tablets, are allowed in the classroom.
- All work is due on the posted due date, unless the teacher has been contacted in advance.
- Late work will recieve a 10% deduction from the grade.
- No work will be accepted 2 weeks after the due date.
- Students will be provided with most supplies at school.
- We ask parents to provide:
- Large 3-ring binder
- Pencil Bag
- 2 sets of subject dividers
- 4x6 index cards
- 3x3 sticky notes
- For virtual learning, students only need a pencil and paper.
- We always appreciate donations of essentials, such as tissues and hand sanitizer.
- English Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Special Education
- Christy Combs
- Natalie Croff
- Genna Dacanay
- Alcira Estevez
- Kylie Farrar
- Megan Heier
- Boyd Miller
- Stuart Potter
- Jennifer Strombeck
- Sherie Watkins