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.

    Below are links to all the necessary information for students to Register.  If you have not yet submitted the survey with requests please do that at your earliest convience.  Thank you!


    Video to help you decide what elective to choose


    Video from our new band director - This is a must watch if you like smiling


    Online Survey to submit the information on your Registration form to Gateway - Please make sure to complete this survey after filling out the Gateway Middle School 2020-2021 Pre-Registration Form.   


    PowerPoint that was going to be shown to 5th graders the last week of March


    Virtual tour of Gateway for incoming 5th graders, class of 2027 


    Electronic Copy of Gateway Middle School 2020-2021 6th Grade Pre-Registration Form


    Video walk through for filling out the Gateway Middle School 2020-2021 6th Grade Pre-Registration Form


    6th Grade Registration Packet


    Click Here to read some letters by 6th graders for students who are just starting middle school.  


    Annual Fifth to Sixth Grade Transition Activities

    Counselor visits to the Elementary Schools

    Gateway 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 Gateway

    Date: February 24, 2020 at Gateway
    • Hear from Gateway Principal and other staff about the different options available in English, Math and Electives and how those choices affect future class offerings 

    Fifth graders visit Gateway

    In 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.