6th Grade transition Letter from Principal

6th Grade Transition to Bell 2018-2019

The entire Golden articulation area is transitioning to a 6th-8th grade middle school model starting in 2018-2019. As you know, Bell Middle School is already a 6-8 middle school because five years ago Mitchell Elementary School moved its 6th graders to Bell due to capacity issues at Mitchell. So, while this is not a totally new model at Bell, it will still involve a great deal of planning to transition all of the Golden area 6th graders to Bell next year. These elementary schools are: Mitchell (already at Bell for 6th grade), Kyffin, Ralston, Shelton, Welchester, and Fairmount (whose matriculation boundaries are split between Drake MS and Bell MS). It is a great shift for the whole Golden area to be on the same model, and we are looking very forward to welcoming all of our 6th graders to Bell in 2018-2019.


We will approach this transition systemically with a “6th Grade Transition Committee” which will be comprised of Bell staff members, as well as parents and principals from every feeder elementary school. This committee has not met, so there is very little to report, just yet. However, we will periodically provide the community with updates to the plans, as we get further into the process. A great place to always get more information is the District Website that is linked here. Furthermore, here is the letter overviewing the District’s plans for the transition from Principal DeAndrea. If you have further questions, please let us know. Thank you.


Michele DeAndrea Austin, M.A.


Bell Middle School


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