Welcome to Sixth Grade!
Introducing Your Sixth Grade Academic Team!
Row 1 (L-R) April Mitchel, Tyra Olivo, KathyLee McElroy, Angelika Shelley, Shannon Melton, Dr. Keith Thompson
Row 2 (L-R) Karla McLendon, Caroline Pena, Carole Jackson, Jodi Mercer, Linette Rusk, Sharon Black
Row 3 (L-R) Jennifer Wallace, Zack Davison, Jamie Savoie, Ed Varn, Susie Overwyk, Christie Oliver
New Teachers: Becca Rackley
Rising 6th Grade Announcements
Rising 6th Grader Parent Meeting
Rising 6th Grader Parent MeetingGreetings Rising 6th Graders and Parents! We would like you to get to know us and learn a little about what it means to be a Northbrook Lion. Click on the links below for a brief presentation. We are excited to have you join us and the fall!
*All rising 6th grade registration has closed. Please contact the Northbrook Registrar, Isis Kuhn, for more information. 678-407-7140
Accelerated Math Sequence Information
inSpire STEM Team
INSPIRE STEM TEAM INFORMATION
For Rising Sixth Graders for 2021-2022 School Year
inSPIRE is an instructional model that focuses teaching and learning on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through a project-based learning focus. inSPIRE is ideal for students who enjoy math and science, as well as those who love to learn by doing. Students who enjoy problem-solving and collaborating with others are also ideal candidates. This program is available to all students, of all ability levels. Our inSPIRE schedule can accommodate students in both standard and accelerated math, as well as for students who qualify for gifted or special education instructional programs.
The goal of InSPIRE is to increase college and career readiness through a collaborative and rigorous curriculum and to empower students to become innovators and technologically proficient problem solvers. Typical classroom instructional strategies will include:
● Focus on Problem Based Learning – Students work individually, in pairs, and in small groups to engage in interdisciplinary projects that offer a unique learning experience. Through these authentic, PBL projects, students experience the world as it exists outside of the classroom walls.
● Integration between the Content Areas – Each PBL project is intentionally designed to connect all four content areas, allowing students to master skills and content for language arts, math, science, and social studies. This allows in-class experiences to have greater relevance to the student.
● Emphasis on 21st Century Skills – Students will explicitly practice and hone skills related to critical and creative thinking, collaboration, communication, leadership, and technology.
Please contact our team if you have any questions,
April Mitchell, Assistant Principal
Brooks Baggett, Assistant Principal
NORTHBROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL CONNECTIONS CLASSES
In addition to core academic classes (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies), Gwinnett County middle school students take two Connections classes each semester. Middle school Connections classes are similarto Specials classesin elementary school. They offer wonderful enrichment and are lots of fun!
There are two types of Connections classes:
1. Elective, Year-Long Music Classes – Students may choose to take Band, Orchestra, and/or Chorus. These classes are on the student’s schedule for the full school year.
2. Non-Elective, Semester-Long Classes – Courses include P.E., Health, Spanish, General Music, Engineering, and Visual Arts. These classes are assigned to students randomly, and are different each semester.
Most students choose to elect one year-long music course and to have one assigned, nonelective Connections class which changes each semester. However, students may choose TWO year-long music classes, if they like.
All sixth grade students are strongly encouraged to elect a year-long music course as one (or both) of their two Connections classes! Music allows your child to learn a fun and challenging new skill. Here’s what you need to know about Northbrook Middle School’s music electives:
• No previous music experience or training is required! Beginners are welcome – in fact, most of our sixth grade music students are beginners.
• Beginning band, orchestra, and chorus instruction is offered only in the sixth grade, so it’s important for sixth grade students to take advantage of this unique opportunity for beginning instruction.
• Students enrolling in band or orchestra must make arrangements for their own instrument. The band and orchestra teachers will provide further information about this to the students.
• Band and orchestra teachers will guide students and parents on instrument selection and rental at the beginning of the school year, helping determine the right instrument for your interests, experience level, and budget.
For more information contact:
April Mitchell, Assistant Principal