• Welcome to Sixth Grade!

  • Sixth Grade Team

    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 Meeting

    Greetings 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!

    Rising 6th Grader Parent Meeting Video

    Parent Question Google Form

    Accelerated Math Sequence Information

    Accelerated Math Sequence Information Video

  • inSpire STEM Team

    INSPIRE STEM TEAM APPLICATION INFORMATION
    For Rising Sixth Graders for 2021-2022 School Year

    The application is now available for rising sixth grade students to enroll in the Northbrook inSPIRE program for the 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.

    If you are interested in applying to the inSPIRE program, complete the application (see link below). The online application consists of four sections, an overview of inSPIRE, student information, and a short response component. The application will be available until March 5, 2021. For parents and students who wish to get more information, please visit www.northbrookms.org (see “Academics” page for the link to “STEM”).

    inSPIRE STEM Application Link 
    https://forms.gle/Ay3TsWfWCH4tCUE29

    Please contact our team if you have any questions,

    April Mitchell, Assistant Principal 
    Email: april.mitchell@gcpsk12.org 
    Phone: 678.407.7135

    Brooks Baggett, Assistant Principal 
    Email: brooks.baggett@gcpsk12.org 
    Phone: 678.407.7137

  • Connections Classes

    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.

    Fill out the course selection form attached and turn it in to your child’s teacher by Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

    Connections Course Selection Link: https://forms.gle/zpE9PHye2wduvPfX9

6th Grade Announcements

  • inSpire STEM Team

    Rising 7th Grade STEM Application - NOW AVAILABLE

    The application is now available for rising seventh grade students to enroll in the Northbrook inSPIRE STEM program for the 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. 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.

     

    7th Grade inSPIRE STEM TEAM OPT OUT FORM

    Students who are currently on the inSPIRE team in sixth grade will be automatically enrolled in the inSPIRE program for seventh grade. Students do not need to re-apply to stay on the inSPIRE team. However, parents may elect to remove their child from the inSPIRE team and return to a more traditional instructional model by opting out. Students may be removed from the inSPIRE team at the school’s discretion, per teacher recommendation, based prior performance in the project-based instructional model. To opt-out of the inSPIRE team, please complete the form link below by March 5, 2021.

    OPT OUT FORM LINK: https://forms.gle/sNHfosk2ysvovphP6

     

    7th Grade inSPIRE STEM TEAM APPLICATION FORM

    If your child is not currently on the inSPIRE team and you are interested in applying to the STEM program for seventh grade, complete the application below. The online application consists of multiple sections: an overview of inSPIRE, student information, and a short response component. The application will be available for students to complete until March 5, 2021. For parents and students who wish to get more information, please see the Northbrook website under “Academics” and click the link for “STEM.”

    inSPIRE APPLICATION LINK: https://forms.gle/YHP1dgsgKh9NtZP76

     

    Please contact our team if you have any questions,

    April Mitchell, Assistant Principal

    Email: april.mitchell@gcpsk12.org

    Phone: 678.407.7135

    Brooks Baggett, Assistant Principal

    Email: brooks.baggett@gcpsk12.org

    Phone: 678.407.7137

  • Year Long Spanish Interest Form

    Year Long Spanish Interest Form
    Rising Seventh Grade Students

    As part of our initiative to provide the most challenging curriculum available, Northbrook Middle School offers high school level 1 Spanish to rising seventh graders for the upcoming school year. If you are interested in this two-year commitment, please be mindful of the following information:

    • Students who master the foreign language standards successfully will be given the option of receiving a Carnegie Unit for high school credit, and most will go on to Level II Spanish in the ninth grade, based on teacher recommendation. Although the classes are scheduled during Connections, the content is academic, just like any other core class. This requires students to be self-­‐motivated, organized, and prepared for class and assessm Attendance is very important. Absences, including early check-­‐outs, are not conducive to success in the foreign language classroom.

     

    • Students who enter the program are expected to commit to the two-­‐year sequence, thus taking up one of their two Connections classes each semester for two consecutive Therefore, Spanish language students who also participate in the yearlong music classes, for example, will not have any other Connections classes in seventh and eighth grades.

     Due to limited space, a lottery system may be used to determine placement in the program. If you and your child are interested in placement into the yearling Spanish language program, please complete the online interest form by Friday, March 5, 2021. The link can be found below. 

    Spanish I Interest Formhttps://forms.gle/Z2Ypj1eFqD7GuppYA

    Sincerely,
    April Mitchell
    Sixth Grade Assistant Principal
    april.mitchell@gcpsk12.org                                                                    

    Marcela Alvarez
    Spanish Teacher
    marcela.alvarez@gcpsk12.org