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    Information for Incoming Sixth Grade Students
    Posted on 05/05/2020

    Welcome Incoming Sixth Grade Families

    Dear Eckstein Incoming 6th Grade Families:

    Welcome to the Eckstein Middle School!

    We are looking forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our community. Eckstein is a special place and we look forward to partnering with you and your student for their middle school journey.

    Class Registration
    We are excited to be registering students for the 2020-21 school year. Due to COVID-19, the 2020-2021 school year registration will take place electronically this year. This will occur this week, May 4th-11th. If your student is assigned to Eckstein for the 2020/21 school year, our Registrar, Ms. Morgan, has sent you an email with registration details and instructions for elective classes. If you did not receive an elective form, please contact Toni Morgan at 206.252.5025 or All 6th grade students will take a full year of Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Math, a semester of PE and a semester of Technology. This leaves 1 elective class for students to choose.

    Welcome Activities
    Our “welcome activities” will look a bit different than in previous years due to the school buildings being closed this Spring. Please know that we are committed to keeping our incoming families well informed and feeling confident to begin the 2020-2021 school year.

    5th Grade Meetings
    Principal Rose, the 6th Grade Assistant Principal and 6th Grade Counselor who will be supporting your student over the next 3 years will be visiting (virtually) 5th grade classes in each feeder elementary this Spring to answer any questions as well as talk to them again about what to expect at Eckstein.

    Students on IEP’s
    In June, we will be sending an introductory video from our Case Mangers and will be answering frequently asked questions. Stay tuned for more information and a link to our program.

    In late August, all students will receive their schedules in the mail. Eckstein Counselors will be on campus in the few days prior to the opening of school. Students and parents can meet to discuss possible errors in schedules and/or to support student needs. We will be communicating these days in our mid-August back-to-school mailing.

    WEB Day (save the date!)
    On August 25th, incoming 6th graders will be invited to WEB day in our gym. WEB stands for “Where Everyone Belongs.” The program matches Eckstein’s 8th graders with incoming 6th graders in small groups. The purpose of this day is to connect incoming students with each other and existing students, get familiar with the campus, and get all of their questions answered.

    Our website is in the process of being updated to include information about course offerings, student expectations, athletics, and important upcoming dates.

    Check out our Eckstein PTSA website: and be sure to sign up for our Eckstein Weekly newsletter at

    Important Contacts
    Here are important names and contact information to help you and your family with the transition to middle school:

    Jolene Anderson
    6th Grade Assistant Principal

    Toni Morgan

    Niki Duncan (until late August then Bryan Manzo)
    6th grade Counselor

    We are looking forward to meeting you and supporting you in your transition to Eckstein Middle School. It is going to be a great 3 years! Go Eagles!

    Kristin Rose
    Eckstein Middle School

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What does a school day look like?

    • Home room
    • 6 class periods: 4 core classes + 2 electives
    • Core classes: Language Arts, Math, Science & Social Studies
    • Everyone takes 1 semester of PE & 1 semester of Technology
    • 30 minute lunch

    What are my elective choices?

    • Technology
    • Art
    • Music
    • Leadership
    • PE (also Peer tutor for PE)
    • World Languages in 7th/8th grade
    • Teacher Assistant (TA) in 8th grade

    What is lunchtime like?

    • You eat for 1st 10 minutes.
    • If you want to leave the lunchroom, you clean your spot, raise your hand and get excused to go outside, to the gym, library or art room.
    • You can stay inside the lunchroom the whole time if you like.
    • When the weather is nice, students can eat in the garden.

    What is WEB Day on Tuesday, August 25th?

    • WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) Day is a time to come to Eckstein for a half day of fun and connection.
    • Get to know staff and fellow students.
    • Get a tour of the school.
    • Play games with other incoming sixth graders.
    • Talk through life/culture at Eckstein with some older students.

    What are the team sport activities at Eckstein?

    • Fall - Girls Soccer, Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee
    • Winter - Basketball (Boys & Girls)
    • Spring - Co-ed Track, Girls Volleyball, Boys Soccer
    • Learn more about Eckstein Athletics on our Athletics page.

    How to I get to school?

    • Car drop off is on 75th Street in the designated area.
    • School bus drop off is on 30th Ave. If you qualify for a school bus you will be notified by SPS Transportation at the end of August.
    • Metro Bus ORCA cards are issued to students within 1.5 - 2.0 from school.
    • If walking to school be careful crossing the streets and use the crosswalks.
    • If you ride your bike to school there is a bike locker behind the school
    • Learn more on our Transportation page.

    What about lockers?

    • Everyone gets a locker.
    • Each locker has a combination lock.
    • You will have plenty of time to practice getting your locker open - don't stress.
    • Your locker will be located near your home room.

    Can I use my cellphone at school?

    • We have a strict policy of no cellphone use during school hours.
    • Students keep their cellphones turned off and out of sight for the entire school day.

    What if I'm nervous about attending middle school?

    • We will have lots of people to help you: Principal Rose, 6th Grade Assistant Principal Ms. Anderson, 6th Grade Counselor Mr. Manzo, your Home Room teacher, our entire staff and other students including WEB leaders.
    • Students come from many different elementary schools providing a great opportunity for making new friends.
    • You have s6 different classes where you can meet new people.