6th Grade or New Student Entering Information for 2024-2025

Incoming 6th Grade Transition Bulletins shared with families:

Welcome To Brooks Events 

  • May 16, 2024 from 6:30-7:30pm- Parent and Guardian Zoom Orientation (Zoom link will be emailed out in May) 
    • Link to Presentation 
  • May 20, 2024 from 5:00-7:00pm- In-Person Building Tours of Brooks 
  • May 24, 2024 from 8:00-8:50am- Coffee with Capuder (in person at Brooks)
  • School-Specific Meet the Principals Event (hosted at each elementary school) 

    • May 23, 2024
      • 6:00-6:45 pm- Lincoln

      • 7:00-7:45 pm- Holmes

    • May 28, 2024

      • 6:00-6:45 pm- Whittier

      • 7:00-7:45 pm- Hatch

Elective Showcase Presentations (2024)

Information regarding elective selection for our incoming 6th grade students will be shared in via emai end of April. Please see the links below to access the Showcase presentation and Elective Course Descriptions. 


Incoming 6th Grade/New Student Summer Information

  • Math placement letters will be sent home in Summer 2024
  • Student Schedules will be emailed one week prior to the start of school
  • Wellness Physical and Sports Physical must be turned in by first day of school
  • Dental exam form Illinois law requires all students in kindergarten, second, sixth, and ninth grade or any new student new to Illinois schools, to have a complete dental examination by May 15th of that school year.
  • 6th Grade Supply List (SY25 information to be updated soon) 
  • New Families after you register, you need to contact Brooks Office to make 6th grade course selections.

Middle School Connection Program

“District 97 Middle School Connection” is a new three-day program designed to help ease the transition from elementary to middle school. This program will take place at Brooks Middle School from August 13-15, 2024, from 9 a.m to 12:15 p.m. All incoming sixth-graders are welcome and encouraged to attend, though attendance is not mandatory.

Why District 97 Middle School Connection? Transitioning from elementary to middle school can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Students are not only changing school buildings but also undergoing significant developmental changes. District 97 Middle School Connection aims to build confidence, create connections, and ensure a smooth start at Brooks Middle School. Students that attend will be able to receive their chromebook during programming.  

Program Details

Dates: Tuesday, Aug. 13-15, 2024

Time: 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Location: Brooks Middle School

Cost: Free to all District 97 incoming 6th graders

Transportation: For students who are assigned to a bus route to get to middle school, pick-up and drop-off transportation will be provided.

Lunch: Lunch will be provided at no cost to student participants.

Sign Up Deadline: May 9, 2024

Click here to sign up your student for D97 Middle School Connection at Brooks Middle School. 

Students at Brooks Middle School will turn in their iPads and are issued a Chromebook during Middle School Connections. If your student is not able to attend Middle School Connections then they will be able to receive their device at the Welcome Night, which is scheduled for Wednesday, August 14th, 2024 from 4 pm to 6 pm. 

New School Year August Welcome Events

Our student and family Welcome Event will be held over two evenings. During these opportunities, your student will receive the following information Bus Route (if applicable), Student Locker/Lock assignment, opportunity for your student to walk their schedule and place school supplies in their locker, pick up student ID, meet PTO and learn about extra-curriculuar opportunities. Incoming 6th grade and New students will get a Brooks T-Shirt from PTO and will pick up a Chromebook and return IPad (if returning student).

Students can come alone or with their family. You should plan to spend 30-60 minutes, if your student plans to walk their schedule.

6th  Grade and New Families Welcome Event: Wednesday, August 14th, 2024 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

  • Brooks TShirt will be given to all incoming 6th graders and new students (Stop by the PTO table)
  • IPads from 5th grade will be collected and Chromebooks will be distributed to 6th graders and new students.

7th & 8th Grade Welcome Event: Thursday, August 15th, 2024 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

**It is preferred that you attend on the designated night for your student as we are distributing lockers and locks as well as IDs, but if you are unable to attend during the assigned day, we will accommodate.  Please email Ms. Angelica Love ([email protected]) for more information.

Organizational Tools

Student Work Organizer to be used by students to help them monitor and review in PowerSchool their late/missing assignments or identify lower assessment scores for redos/retakes.

What's the difference between Canvas and Powerschool?  View this presentation to find out.