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Moving to Middle School: What Every Fifth Grade Parent Needs to Know

Sashabaw Middle School Welcomes the Class of 2025!

Moving up from fifth to sixth grade is an exciting time for students, and parents! In Clarkston, sixth graders from throughout the district come together in one building to begin building bonds with their graduating class. Sashabaw Middle School is home to sixth and seventh grade students - this is a very unique and deliberate arrangement designed by middle grade educators to "Keep Kids Younger, Longer."

To ensure a smooth transition, Sashabaw Middle School will host special informational events for all incoming fifth grade students and parents.


  • Thursday, April 12 , 2018 from 6pm-8pm.

Please follow the rotation schedule listed below based on your home elementary school. Parents will attend three sessions regarding general SMS information, schedulin,g and support systems that are in place for our Middle School students. There is also an Optional Informational Session for special education students coming to SMS with an IEP that can be chosen instead of the SMS Support Systems session.

NSE/IE Parent Rotation:

  • Session 1 – SMS Support Systems or Info Session for students with an IEP 7th Grade: Cafe/Room 408
  • Session 2 – SMS General Information/6th Grade Camp: 7th Grade Gym
  • Session 3 – SMS Schedule/Course Information: LGI - C

PKE/ SPE Parent Rotation:

  • Session 1 – SMS General Information/6th Grade Camp: 7th Grade Gym
  • Session 2: – SMS Schedule/Course Information: LGI - C
  • Session 3 – SMS Support Systems or Info Session for students with an IEP 7th Grade: Cafe/Room 408

AE/CE/BLE Parent Rotation:

  • Session 1: – SMS Schedule/Course Information: LGI - C
  • Session 2 – SMS Support Systems or Info Session for students with an IEP 7th Grade: Cafe/Room 408
  • Session 3 – SMS General Information/6th Grade Camp: 7th Grade Gym

This evening orientation is designed for parents only.


  • Monday April 16 for Bailey Lake, Pine Knob, and Springfield Plains Elementary schools.
  • Tuesday, April 17 for Clarkston, Independence, Andersonville and North Sashabaw Elementary schools.

Students will be bused to SMS (North Sashabaw students will walk to SMS) for the morning visit. Students will arrive to SMS at 9am and depart at 11:30am. Students will return to their home school in time for lunch on the day of their visit.

We can't wait to get to know the CHS Class of 2025! Look for more information in the coming weeks. Questions? Please call the Sashabaw Middle School Counseling Office at 248.623.4200.

Course Placement Process

We aim to deliver the right content at the right time to each student through appropriate class placement. Our sixth grade placement process includes collaboration with fifth grade teachers, local assessments and previous standardized test performance. It is important to note that fifth grade is not designed to prepare students to "get into" advanced coursework. If it becomes clear that a student meets the criteria for courses outside of the general sixth grade content areas, they will be scheduled accordingly.

What can you do? Take a look at the SMS Curriculum Guide and begin a conversation with your student about the electives he or she would like to take advantage of in Middle School. The Sashabaw Middle School school year runs on a quarterly schedule, and grades are calculated on a quarterly basis. SMS offers a wide array of fine and performing arts courses, foreign languages, and computer coding/STEAM classes. Now is a great time to start talking with your child about what he or she would like to learn more about at SMS!

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About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 8,000 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Each Clarkston Community Schools' student is fully engaged in a globally focused education, from preschool through graduation, that fosters in students a sense of self, perspective, responsibility/ownership, and contribution. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to cultivate thinkers, learners and positive contributors to a global society.

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Media contact: Mary Ellen Rowe, Marketing Director (248) 623-5460

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