The transition to Middle School from Elementary can be quite a challenge for both students and parents. There is a lot of information to sift through and understand, especially if this is your first time (only child, oldest child, etc.). Following please find some helpful information about important dates pertaining to the transition from Pinebrook Elementary School to Mercer Middle School.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions that may arise. Also, the Mercer website is a wonderful resource for information (https://www.lcps.org/mercer) if you and your child are looking to learning more about their upcoming middle school years.
Pinebrook School Counselor, 5th Grade
PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT
Mercer Middle School Parent Information Night for Rising 6th Graders: Monday, February 5, 2018 at 7PM Champe HS Auditorium
(If anyone missed it, the full presentation can be accessed via this link which is under "Our School" tab on the Mercer Middle School Home Page:
CORE CLASS RECOMMENDATIONS
Core Class Recommendation assignments will be sent to parents in late February.
Teachers will make recommendations on the leveled courses in which your child may be most successful. Please sign and send these forms back with your child. Please note that all students will take a semester of Keyboarding and a semester of Art. No selection is required.
If you have not done so already, make sure that your Parent Vue account is up and running. Throughout your child's middle & high school years, you will be able to view and access scheduling information via Parent Vue.
Rising 6th graders must take a music class in middle school. Music options are Music Lab, Chorus, Band or Strings. Students will be making their Music Selections NEXT WEEK in the Computer Lab via StudentVUE. Parents should discuss their music selection (Band, Strings, Chorus, Music Lab) with their child(ren). At this point, students will NOT select a specific instrument.
The music selection made by the student can be selected and/or edited by parents or students within StudentVUE or ParentVUE (Parents must have an active ParentVUE account) anytime between now and 2/19/18. After 2/19/18 the selection will be viewable only within SVUE/PVUE but not editable.
On Saturday, April 14, the Mercer Instrumental Music Dept. is hosting an Instrument Tryout Day. Each instrument has unique characteristics, so this is a chance to find the right match for your student! Therefore, students interested in being in either 6th grade Band or Strings are required to attend an Instrument Tryout.
There are three sessions offered that day for families to attend the session that best fits their schedule. Families may use the link provided to read more about music in 6th grade and also select the best session for them. Families only need to attend one session. Parents and students should arrive at the beginning of their session for a quick info meeting.
Make-up sessions will be posted on our website following the April 14th event.
Click here for more information, find answers to common questions, and to sign-up for your child's Tryout Session: http://bit.ly/MMSMusic6
- Students may only start playing an instrument in 6th grade. If they don't begin in 6th grade, they will not get a chance ever again, so if a student has even a little interest, we encourage them to try one!
- Students who want to take Chorus or Music Lab do not need to attend an Instrument Tryout. There is no Guitar class in 6th grade.
- Students unfortunately cannot switch instruments after 6th grade, only switch elective courses. This is why we encourage students to find the instrument they sound the best on and enjoy hearing the most!
- If a student already plays a band or string instrument and wants to continue playing it, please notify the appropriate director.
March 23rd Representatives from Mercer will come to Pinebrook to meet with our students to introduce themselves and present information about Mercer.
April 5th All 5th graders will go to Mercer for their student Open House. Permission slips and more details will be coming home in late March.
SUMMER ORIENTATION PROGRAM AT MERCER
July 30th - Aug 3rd & Aug 6th - Aug 10th: POUNCE Progarm at Mercer
This is a week-long summer program to help incoming students learn more about middle school at Mercer More information about the program & a link to registration can be found at https://www.lcps.org/Domain/15457 (Mercer MS Website, Our School tab, POUNCE Program).
THE POUNCE PROGRAM AT MERCER
P.O.U.N.C.E. is the name of the program for rising 6th grade students at Mercer during the summer. Its name is an acronym for "Preparing Our Unique and New Children for Excellence."
What is P.O.U.N.C.E.?
The P.O.U.N.C.E. program will introduce students to the daily routine at Mercer Middle School, including locker assignments, the A/B day bell schedule and navigating the hallways. Students will have four, 40-minute classes each day which focus on the middle school way of life at Mercer and becoming familiar with its expectations. On the last day of P.O.U.N.C.E. program, students will participate in culminating activities, including pizza and ice cream parties, while having an opportunity to share what they have learned with their parents.
Building Orientation ("Amazing Race");
R.O.A.R. (PBIS Program);
For 2018, Mercer Middle School is offering P.O.U.N.C.E. two different weeks before school begins:
July 30th-August 3rd, 8:30-11:30 am
August 6th-10th, 8:30-11:30 am