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Sixth Grade Transition to Middle School in 2018-2019

The Golden articulation area is transitioning to a 6th -8th grade middle school model starting in 2018-2019. Bell Middle School, Ralston's feeder school, already serves students in 6th -8th grade. Five years ago Mitchell Elementary School moved 6th graders to Bell due to capacity issues at Mitchell. So, while this is not a totally new model at Bell, it will still involve a great deal of planning to transition all of the Golden area 6th graders to Bell next year.

The elementary schools transitioning to Bell Middle School are: Kyffin, Ralston, Shelton, Welchester, and Fairmount (whose matriculation boundaries are split between Drake MS and Bell MS). Bell is looking forward to welcoming more 6th graders in 2018-2019.

To approach the transition systemically, a Transition Advisory Committee (TAC) has been formed which is comprised of Bell staff members, as well as parents and principals from every feeder elementary school. The committee met on September 13th to gather input and make plans for community communication. The TAC will meet periodically and provide the community with updates to plans as the transition process continues. A great place to always get more information is the District Transition Website, linked here. Additionally, here is the overview letter outlining the District’s plans for the transition. 

Ralston's 6th Grade Transition Parent Information Night
Ralston has arranged a parent information night specifically for our families.

When:
Thursday, November 9th (PTA Meeting Night)
6:00 p.m.
Where: Ralston Elementary Library
Who: Parents of current 5th and 6th grade students
What: Michele DeAndrea-Austin, Bell Principal
Jeena Williams, Manning Principal
The principals from Bell and Manning have graciously agreed to present plans for the 6th grade transition to middle school at their schools, as well as answer your questions. 

Other Information Opportunities

Wednesday, October 25th, 6:00 p.m.
Manning Info Night at Manning in the auditorium

Thursday, November 16th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Future Bobcat Night at Bell Middle School

Wednesday, December 6th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Future Bobcat Night at Bell Middle School

For Bell Middle School Information, please visit the Bell website.

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