Information for 5th Graders
Transition to Middle School
Welcome to Gateway Middle School. On this page you may download an electronic copy of Get Ready for Middle School. This packet contains helpful information about what happens at middle school and how to be successful in school. Please make sure that you read through this packet so you know what to expect when you come to Gateway in the fall. Click here to view the Gateway Course Catalog with information about the different classes that are offered.Annual Fifth to Sixth Grade Transition Activities
Counselor visits to the Elementary SchoolsGateway Counselors visit the Elementary Schools to give a presentation to the 5th graders about middle school and the new academic experiences they will have as 6th graders. These visits will happen in the spring. Parents can expect paperwork home from their students regarding middle school and class placement. You can find additional information about classes in the Gateway Course Catalog.
Incoming sixth grade parent night at GatewayDate: TBD
- Hear from Gateway Principal about the different options available in English and Math and how those choices affect future class offerings
Fifth graders visit GatewayIn June, fifth graders have the opportunity to visit the Gateway campus, go a tour of the campus, hear from the principal, Gateway Clubs and a panel of current Gateway Students. Most students coming to Gateway are from Silver Firs, Penny Creek and Forest View elementary Schools. There are often a handful of students from Mill Creek, Cedarwood and Jefferson Elementary schools.
Sixth Grade Orientation at Gateway
Late August: Sixth graders and their parents will be invited to attend an orientation at Gateway. A letter will be sent home over the summer including dates and times. At this orientation, there will be an opportunity to:
- Purchase ASB cards, school pictures and yearbook (These can also be purchased on line)
- Set up school lunch credit accounts
- Get a copy of 6th grade schedule
- Go on a tour of the school in order to locate classes
- Take School Pictures
- Turn in updated immunization records
IEP or 504 Accommodations at Gateway
If your student receives IEP or 504 accommodations in 5th grade those accommodations will continue in 6th grade. Parents of students with IEP accommodations will have a meeting in the spring with staff from both Gateway and their current Elementary School to determine class placement and discuss how to best accommodate that student. Parents of students with 504 accommodations will meet with the 6th grade counselor and 6th grade teachers after school starts in the fall to review the 504 accommodations from 5th grade and make any necessary changes to accommodations to appropriately accommodate the student in middle school.