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Rising Sixth Graders

New Kent Middle School would like to welcome our rising sixth graders and their families to New Kent Middle School. Congratulations, you made it!

Your sixth grade teachers and staff have created this web page for your convenience. We hope that you will take the time to read through the different topics which may answer some questions you may have to prepare you for the sixth grade. We can't wait to have you in our classrooms!

Important Dates
*September 6, 2016 - First Day of School

Attendance Form
Medicine Form


School Hours

Regular and prompt attendance is crucial to your child's success in school. Please work with us to encourage your child to attend class every day.

Classes begin at 7:40 A.M. and end at 2:35 P.M. Students may not arrive at school before 7:25 A.M. and may not stay later than 2:45 P.M.


Our Grading Scale

 A  90-100  Excellent
 B  80-89 Above Average 
 C  70-79  Average
 D  60-69  Below Average
 F  0-59  Failure
 I    Incomplete

Grades in academic classes are calculated as follows:

Tests and Projects 40%
Quizzes 30%
Classwork 15%
Homework 15%

Electives

Art: Students will have the opportunity to create projects using a variety of materials and media. These projects will teach technique and encourage creativity. Emphasis is placed on the experience of creating original works of art; not just the finished product.

Band: Students may join the Band in the sixth grade. They will have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. They will have two performances.

Introduction to Computers: Students will focus on basic computer concepts vocabulary and word processing.

General Music: Students will become more familiar with instrumental and vocal music. They will learn to understand music from a historical time-line, study composers' lives, sing, and explore the elements of music including melody, harmony, rhythm, tone quality (mood), and form.

Physical Education and Health: The Physical Education Department is committed to fostering physical activity among students through the teaching of sports skills, teamwork, and physical fitness. Students will participate in many types of activities, including volleyball, basketball, jump rope, line dance, soccer, and softball. Health topics include drugs and alcohol, nutrition, and first aid.

Homework

Each student will receive an agenda in which they will write daily assignments. This is the main avenue of communication between school and home. Please check your child's agenda regularly.

Homework assignments will be posted on individual teacher's websites. You may also call the homework hotline. Dial 966-9655 and choose Option Three. The hotline is updated each day by 4:00 P.M.

PowerSchool

You may check your child's grades at any time using the PowerSchool Parent Portal online. There is a link for this on the home page of the New Kent Schools website. Grades are updated each week. If you have questions about logging in to PowerSchool, please contact Ms. Joyce Pryor in the Guidance Office at 966-8544.

Immunization Requirements

All students entering sixth grade are required to have a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine, if at least five years have passed since the last dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine. We must have proof that your child has received this vaccine before the first day of school.

Shots received before the end of this school year should be sent to the clinic at your child's elementary school. Shots received after June may be sent to New Kent Middle School. The fax number for the clinic is 804-966-8579.

Lockers

Students will receive a hallway locker with a combination lock. Don't worry; it's easy to open. Just follow these steps.

1. Turn the dial three times to the right and stop on the first number of the sequence.
2. Turn the dial to the left, pass the first number of the sequence and stop on the second number.
3. Turn the dial to the right and stop on the third number of the sequence.
4. Pull up on the shackle.

Locker Fee - $3.00