2023-2024 Rising Sixth Grade Information

rising 6th grade Info
  • Dear Parents and Guardians of Rising 6th Graders,

    I hope you and your families are well. While 5th graders are wrapping up their years at FAVE and Talley, we are planning for their arrival at Beacon Hill Middle School for the 2023-2024 school year. I can’t wait, and I hope parents and students alike are looking forward to school next year. The jump from 5th grade to 6th grade is more of a hop really, and our 6th-grade team is amazing at making the transition seamless. 2023-24 will be a great school year!! Please see the information below concerning your child’s 6th-grade experience next year at Beacon Hill Middle School. We need your input so we can complete schedules for next year.

    Thank you.

    Derrick Thomas

    Principal, Beacon Hill Middle School

    Choosing Your Child’s World Language Class for 6th Grade

    Middle school students will choose one of three World Languages: Spanish, French, or German. All rising 6th graders will have the opportunity to rank their World Language choices at school in the coming weeks. Please discuss this choice with your child. 5th-grade students will be completing a Google form with their classroom teacher. (In some cases, certain languages fill up and their second choice will be given.)

    Connections Classes at BHMS

    Middle School students have five core subjects, lunch/recess, and two; connection classes every day. Students rotate connection courses every term (18 weeks), unless the course is a year-long course (chorus, orchestra, and band).  Students choosing to participate in Chorus, Band, and Orchestra will need to indicate their intent by registering. Rising 6th graders do not select other elective courses and will rotate through a variety of classes during their three years at BHMS.  To find more information on other connection course offerings, visit here

    If you have other questions related to connections scheduling, submit them by clicking here.

    Announcement from Band, Chrous, and Orchestra:

    Greetings from the Beacon Hill Music Department.   Registration is now open for the Band, Chorus, and Orchestra programs at Beacon Hill Middle School.  Each 5th grader will have an opportunity to hear the BHMS Band, Chorus, and Orchestra during their orientation visit to BHMS (May 10 or 11).


    Now is the time for rising 6th graders to register for the award-winning music programs at Beacon Hill Middle school.  The outstanding music programs are year-long classes that meet during the school day.  Any student interested in learning to play a musical instrument or singing is welcome. No prior experience in the Band, Chorus or Orchestra is required.


    Students will learn to read music in depth and will have an opportunity at the beginning of the year to try/decide what Band or Orchestra instrument they wish to play.  


    Please take some time to review the information found below about all three of these outstanding music programs. The deadline to register is May 31, 2023.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the teachers below.


    Band: Christine Kraemer - ckraemer@csdecatur.net

    LINK - Beacon Hill Band Website

    LINK - Band Registration form

    LINK - Band Registration flyer


    Orchestra: Heston McCranie - hmccranie@csdecatur.net

    LINK - Orchestra Registration flyer

    LINK - Orchestra Registration form

    LINK - Orchestra website


    Chorus: David Hirschorn - dhirschorn@csdecatur.net

    LINK - Chorus Registration form

    LINK - Chorus flyer