Rising 6th Grade Info

Mrs. Britt

Welcome, Chargers!

We 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 three years. 

Looking forward to seeing you soon, Chargers,

Mrs. Britt, 6th Grade Senior Teacher

Becoming a Charger

Students sitting at a table

Transition activities will take place in collaboration with our feeder elementary schools 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 session where rising 6th graders explore and experience Chickahominy. They will meet fellow Chargers, try out lockers, tour the building, meet CMS staff, and have a ton of fun. Information will be on the website as it becomes available. 

Transition Activities

  • School counselors present virtual lessons to elementary schools (spring semester)
  • Virtual rising 6th grade information night (spring semester)
  • Virtual tours (spring)
Students opening school locker

Registration Timeline and Information

  • Elementary school counselors meet with students/families in the spring semester to register for classes.
  • Course verification forms are sent home during the spring.
  • Schedules will be available the week before school starts in the fall.
  • You can find the program information on the division's Program of Studies page.

Planning Your Schedule

Our 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. 

Students working in the hallway

Required Courses

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

6th Grade Electives

Year Electives

  • Exploratory
  • Beginning Band
  • Beginning Chorus
  • Beginning Strings
  • G/T Seminar
  • Project Literacy
  • Students in the cafeteria during lunch
  • Math Workshop
  • IEP Resource
  • World Language Exploration
  • World Languages

Semester Electives

  • Art 6
  • Digital Applications
  • Make it Your Business
  • Forensics
  • G/T Seminar
  • Theater Arts 6
  • Environmental Science
  • Applied STEM
  • Keyboarding
  • Student working on a laptop
  • Math Workshop
  • Project Literacy

Check out a sample schedule for “Charlie Charger.”

Day Class
A1 Math
A2 Elective
A4 Language Arts

Day Class
B1 Split Block (Math/Language Arts)
B2 History
B3 Science
B4 Elective

What is FLEX?

All Chargers also are enrolled in FLEX. FLEX is a 30-minute “homeroom” that occurs each day. 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 InstagramBlackboard Connect, and Schoology messages.

Middle school is also a time for students to try new things. Chickahominy offers athletics 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.


  • 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, 2021.
  • Individual registration starts in February at each elementary school.

People to Know

  • Laura Britt: Senior Teacher
  • Sally Sanders: Special Education, Senior Teacher 
  • Teresa Barton: School Counselor
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