Rising 6th Grade Info

Welcome, Chargers!

Mrs. StanfordWe are so excited to help you begin your middle school years at Chickahominy. Middle school is an exciting time, full of new friends and new experiences. While you may be nervous, there are many helpful people to answer your questions, help show you around, and celebrate all your successes throughout the next 3 years. 

Looking forward to seeing you soon, Chargers,
Mrs. Stanford, 6th Grade Senior Teacher

Becoming a Charger

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Transition activities will be held in collaboration with our feeder elementary schools. You’ll see visits from Mr. Beckett, principal, Mrs. Stanford, sixth grade senior teacher, and your school counselor starting in the winter of your 5th grade year. Transition activities are planned for students and families to help you get ready to be a CMS Charger.

Charger Camp is a half day session where rising 6th graders explore and experience Chickahominy. They’ll meet fellow Chargers, try out lockers, tour the building, meet CMS staff, and have a ton of fun . Charger Camp will be held this year on August 14, 2019.  Information will be available on the website and sent to feeder elementary schools in early spring.

Transition Activities

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  • School Counselors present lessons at Elementary schools (December)
  • Rising 6th Grade Information Night (December)
  • Coffee Hours at the Elementary schools (January)
  • Tours (Spring)
  • Shadows (Spring)
  • Charger Camp & Optional Parent Session (August 14, 2019)

Registration Timeline & Information

  • Elementary School Counselors meet with students/families in January to register for classes.
  • Course verification forms are sent home in early March.
  • Chargers pick up their schedule at Open House prior to the start of the school year.
  • You can find the program information on the division's Program of Studies page.

Planning Your Schedule

Students doing classwork on a computerOur Chargers follow the block schedule with an alternating A/B day schedule with four classes each day that are about 90 minutes long with a FLEX/home base each day after lunch. Chickahominy Middle School uses academic teams to establish a sense of community within the larger school setting and provide the best possible middle school experience for all our students. Teams are comprised of four academic core teachers with approximately 110 students. 

Required Courses

  • Math 
  • Language Arts 6
  • LA/Math Split Block
  • Science 6
  • United States History I
  • Physical Education/Health 6

6th Grade Electives

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Year Electives

  • Exploratory
  • Beginning Band
  • Beginning Chorus
  • Beginning Strings
  • G/T Seminar
  • Reading/Writing Workshop
  • Math Workshop
  • IEP Resource
  • World Language Exploration
  • World Languages

Semester Electives

  • Students dressed in costumes for a playArt 6
  • Digital Applications
  • Make it Your Business
  • Forensics
  • G/T Seminar
  • Theater Arts 6
  • Environmental Science
  • Applied STEM
  • Keyboarding
  • Math Workshop
  • Reading/Writing Workshop
  • Picture Art (yearbook/January Candids/6231)

Check out a sample schedule for “Charlie Charger.”

Day Class
A1 Math
A2 Elective
A3 PE
A4 Language Arts

Day Class
B1 Split Block (Math 8:30-9:15/Language Arts 9:15-9:55)
B2 History
B3 Science
FLEX
B4 Elective

What is FLEX?

All Chargers also are enrolled in FLEX. FLEX is a 30-minute “homeroom” that occurs between third block and last block. FLEX is a time to catch your breath, start your homework, experience enrichment and remediation lessons, and to participate in Charger character education and bully prevention lessons. Student clubs are also semi-monthly during FLEX.

What is Split Block?

Students doing a classroom activitySplit block allows for Chargers to have math and language arts every day. One block every other day will be a split block. Students will spend 45 minutes in language arts and then 45 minutes in math, or vice versa. This allows students to have both subjects every day: 90 minutes of each on one day, and 45 minutes of each the next.

Read more about courses and electives with the Hanover County Program of Studies.

Get Connected

While the middle school years are the shortest, students change the most in our short time with them. Middle school is a time to be invested and stay involved in your students’ academic and socio-emotional growth.

  • Check your child’s agenda nightly and ask to see completed homework
  • Check Schoology and Power School regularly
  • Be a part of our Charger family
  • Front Office Support, PTA, Clubs, Dances, Guest Speaker, Reading Olympians, and much more…

Girls tennis teamWe will share our Charger story and communicate families in a variety of formats. Learn about your student’s academics using the Schoology, their agenda, and parent-teacher conferences. See what’s happening at CMS through Twitter and Facebook and through Blackboard Connect messages.

Middle school is also a time for students to try new things. Chickahominy offers athletic opportunities link to sports, performance opportunities, curriculum clubs, FLEX clubs, and an array of activities for your Charger to help discover what his/her passion is.

Reminders

  • Fall tryouts begin the second day of school. You must have a middle school athletics physical form on file before the first day of tryouts. It must be dated after May 1, 2019.
  • Individual registration starts in January at each elementary school.
  • Save the date! Charger Camp is on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

People to Know

  • Stacy Stanford: Senior Teacher
  • Jill Godard:  Senior Teacher/Special Education
  • Alyssa Farling: School Counselor
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