Transitioning to Middle School



Students Speak - Transitioning to Deer Creek


School Visits

Each Spring, incoming 6th graders have an opportunity to visit Deer Creek during the school day to learn more about the school and tour the building – an opportunity to see things when students are here and get a feeling for what the school environment is like on a school day. Visits are scheduled with our feeder schools Stony Creek and Ute Meadows, and choice-enrolled students are invited to attend as well.

For families or students who are unable to join the visit, we have created a tour video that you can share with your students and watch with them.  Join our 6th grade counselor, Ms. Ayde, for a virtual walk around the building’s 6th grade areas.


New Beginnings

New Beginnings is a middle school transition program in August offered to all incoming students. Designed to help students familiarize themselves with Deer Creek and the middle school experience, New Beginnings includes activities that help students meet classmates and make new friends, get to know the school layout, practice using their lockers, find their classrooms, and take some of the stress and anxiety out of the first day of school.

There will be two sessions to choose from this year:

  • Thursday, August 5, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

or

  • Monday, August 9, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  •  Drop off for students is between 8:50am and 9:00am.  Students will be checked-in and escorted to their New Beginnings group.
  • Students under the age of 12 are required to wear a mask.*
  •  Students 12 and over who are not vaccinated are strongly recommended to wear a mask.
  •  Students 12 and over who are vaccinated are recommended to wear a mask.
  •  Students will need to bring a sack lunch and water bottle.
  • The fee for New Beginnings will be added to the student’s school fees.
  • Pick up will be at 2:00 pm.

Registration is now closed. Contact the school office at 303-982-3820 with any questions.


Orientation Day
  • The first day of school for all students is Tuesday, August 17.
  • 6th grade students will attend a half-day orientation from 11:00am - 3:05pm
  • Buses will pick up three hours later than the regular schedule in the morning and drop off will be the normal time in the afternoon.
  • Orientation day includes meeting with Advisement teachers, locker setup, visiting classes and lunch. The half-day orientation gives 6th graders a chance to learn more about the building and their class locations with less hallway traffic and fewer students at one time.

Counselors

Our counselors play an important role in the transition to middle school.  Acting as a student advocate and support, the counselor assigned to the incoming class of 6th graders will stay with them through their three years at Deer Creek, building a long-term relationship that supports students academically, socially, and emotionally.


The Deer Creek Counseling Team

Mentoring Program (M&Ms)

The 8th grade Mentoring Program is a group of student volunteers and counselors who work to support a welcoming environment at Deer Creek. The goal of this program is to help the incoming 6th graders acclimate to middle school while having strong support from members of the graduating class. Mentors are trained on leadership activities that they run with 6th graders during Access every other week. They also work one-on-one with many of those students to help with organization and study skills. Mentors are also involved in 5th grade visits, 6th grade orientation, and school service projects. 


Students Speak - M&Ms


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