CJH 6th grade parent orientation presentation

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Welcome to CJH Middle School!

Principal: Heather Carman

Assistant Principal: Nancy Weber

School Counselors: Jennifer Blake, Sarah Tierney & Mike Toscano

School Psychologist: Anthony Monti

School Social Worker: Lauren Levesque

School Nurse: Dawn Pawliczak

6th Grade Schedule

School Hours  7:40 a.m. – 2:28 p.m.

Daily Bell Schedule

  • Homeroom – 7:40-7:46
  • Period 1 – 7:46-8:28 (core class)
  • Period 2 – 8:31-9:13 (specials)
  • Period 3 – 9:16-9:58 (core class)
  • Period 4 – 10:01-10:43 (core class)
  • Period 5 – 10:46-11:28 (Lunch)
  • Period 6 – 11:31-12:13 (specials)
  • Period 7 – 12:16-12:58 (specials)
  • Period 8 – 1:01-1:43 (core class)
  • Period 9 – 1:46-2:28 (core class)
  • Extra Help/Clubs – 2:30-3

42-minute periods

3 minutes in between classes

Helpful Tips

  • Students can be dropped off at school as early as 7 a.m. Staff will supervise students before school begins.
  • All students are allowed to stay after school for extra help with a teacher. Clubs are also offered during the extra help period from 2:30-3 p.m. There is a bus at 3:10 p.m. that can take students home OR they can be picked up.
  • Your student’s homeroom/period 1 teacher will also be their teacher for periods 8, 9 and English Language Arts (ELA).

6th Grade Subjects

  • ELA
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies (SS)
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Health
  • Family Consumer Science (FACS)
  • Technology
  • Academic Intervention Services (AIS) (if needed)
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Chorus
  • Computer Education
  • Music
  • Library

7th Grade Subjects

  • Math or Math Honors
  • ELA
  • Science or Science Honors
  • SS
  • Foreign Language
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Family Consumer Science (FACS)
  • AIS (if needed)
  • Health
  • Band/Orchestra/Chorus
  • Computer Education
  • Technology

8th Grade Subjects

  • ELA
  • Math
  • Science
  • SS
  • Foreign Language
  • Algebra and Earth Science (accelerated courses)
  • Physical Education
  • Health Education
  • Music
  • Technology
  • AIS (if needed)
  • Band/Orchestra/Chorus
  • Computer Education
  • Family Consumer Science (FACS)

Academic Teams

6th grade teams (as of this year 23/24 but this will change for the 2024-25 school year):

  • Purple: Higgins (ELA/Science), Rosado (ELA/Social Studies), Capocciamo (ELA/Math)
  • Yellow: Clark (ELA/Social Studies), Dornfest (ELA/Science), Monti (ELA, Math)
  • Maroon: Kowalczyk (ELA/Science), Kayser (ELA/Math), Ladka (ELA/Social Studies)

Students will have the same group of peers in their classes for ELA, Science, SS and Math. Students will be mixed together with anyone from 6th grade during special area classes.

Each student is assigned to a team (Purple, Yellow or Maroon). Team placement letters will be sent home in August. The letter will state which team and homeroom teacher your student will have. ALL students in ALL grade levels get their full schedule on the first day of school.

We do not accept request for specific teachers or teams.

Please note: We do not group by ability level. ALL students are mixed up within the 3 team evenly.

School counselors also meet with all 5th grade teachers to discuss incoming 6th grade students.

There will be a placement information Google form sent out to all incoming 6th grade parents. The form will be due by May 13th.

School Counselors

There are three school counselors in the middle school:

  • Mrs. Blake (currently has 7th graders)
  • Mr. Toscano (currently has 8th graders)
  • Mrs. Tierney (currently has 6th graders)

Each school counselor is assigned a grade, and we follow that grade throughout their entire middle school career.

Mr. Toscano will be the school counselor for this incoming 6th grade class.

Support Staff

School Counselors, School Psychologist, and School Social Worker

We are here for your students in many different ways:

  • Available for student assistance regarding issues with academics, social and emotional situations
  • Liaison for students, parents, and staff
  • Lunch groups offered to any student interested
  • Counselors will also participate in parent-teacher conferences, RTI and CSE/504 meetings when available
  • Provide community resources for families in need.


Currently offered:

  • Art Club
  • Artistic Creations
  • Board Games & More
  • Book Buddies
  • Chess Club
  • Computer Club
  • Cooking Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Garden Club
  • Harmony
  • Homework Club
  • Jazz Band
  • Foreign Language Club
  • Leo Club
  • Let’s Get Organized
  • Lab Band
  • Math Team
  • Newspaper
  • School Store
  • Science Forum
  • Select Chorus
  • 6th Grade Sports and Socializing
  • Ski Club
  • Spirit Club
  • Student Government
  • Taste of Chinese
  • Walking Club
  • What’s the Scoop
  • Yearbook

Club meeting dates and times are announced on the morning announcements. Club brochures are available in the main office which provide details of all the clubs available.


  • Football (7, 8 boys)
  • Soccer (7, 8 boys/girls)
  • Cross County (7, 8 boys/girls)
  • Basketball (7, 8 boys/girls)
  • Swimming/Diving (Varsity)
  • Wrestling (7, 8 boys)
  • Volleyball (7, 8 girls)
  • Track (7, 8 boys/girls)
  • Baseball (7, 8 boys)
  • Softball (7, 8 girls)
  • Lacrosse (7, 8 boys/girls)

Please note that modified sports cannot begin for students until 7th grade, however, we do have a sports club for 6th graders.


  • Most nights students will have homework for each of their classes.
  • Homework does impact the final marking period grade for each class so it is important that students complete their homework each night.
  • Many students rely on homework assignments to be posted in Google Classroom, which most of the time they are. However, we highly encourage students to have a homework notepad or assignment pad that they have to write down their assignments each night. It’s a great way to keep them organized since they will have numerous subjects and homework assignments to keep track of.

School Communication

There are many ways to keep informed on what is occurring in our school such as:

  • CJH Newsletter
  • Daily Announcements
  • District webpage
  • Google Classrooms
  • School Messenger Notifications

All teachers and staff have emails, so please contact your child’s teacher with any concerns. You can also contact your child’s school counselor, social worker, school psychologist, nurse and principals if further assistance is needed.

Cafeteria & Lunch

  • All 6th graders eat at the same time, which is period 5 (10:46 a.m. – 11:28 a.m.)
  • Students can bring or buy their lunch
  • Free and reduced lunch applications are available from the nurse, main office, and also inside the district’s school calendar
  • Menus are posted on the district webpage and CJH announcements
  • There is no formal recess at the middle school
  • Breakfast is also available for students to eat before first period begins


  • The school is dedicated to providing a safe and productive learning environment for all students.
  • Every student will receive a copy of the school’s code of conduct. This document needs to be reviewed by the student and parent/guardian as well as signed by both to acknowledge reading the code of conduct and agreeing to abide by it.
  • Any concerns or questions you may have regarding discipline matters, please feel free to reach out to the building principal and/or assistant principal.


  • Every student has the opportunity to have a locker.
  • Each locker is assigned to a specific student, and each student is given a school-issued lock. No locks can be brought from home.
  • Do not share your locker combination with anyone, and remember to LOCK your LOCKERS!
  • It’s highly suggested you leave all valuables at home as the school is not responsible for items that are lost or stolen.

Helpful Tips for Transitioning to Middle School

  1. Set realistic expectations and goals with your child.
  2. Create a calm study time and location for your child.
  3. Communicate with your child’s teachers.
  4. Reach out to support staff with questions and concerns.
  5. Encourage your child to get involved with school activities.
  6. Help your child foster independence by encouraging them to reach out to teachers for help, support, and questions instead of you emailing the teachers for them. Help them learn to be their own self-advocates and take ownership of their education.
  7. Monitor your child’s social media accounts (if they have any) and their cell phones (if they have one)!!

We look forward to seeing your children next year!

  • Main Office: 845-615-6300