PTSA Tips for a Smooth Transition to Carmel Valley Middle School

PTSA Tips for a Smooth Transition to Carmel Valley Middle School


  • Students should choose 6 electives that they are interested in and rank them 1-6 in order of preference.
  • Decide if your student will take College Prep or Honors Math/English based on the math assessment taken in 6th grade & with your current teacher’s advice. Students can change their level any time during the first 4 weeks of school.  But try to get it right to avoid schedule changes whenever possible.
  • Consider if 0 period works for your family: school starts at 7:30 everyday, and ends around 2pm Mondays, 3:05 Tu/Th, and 12:40 Wed/Fri.  This is not for everyone, but some love it.

Preparing for the First Day of Middle School

  • Tour the school grounds with a map (school website) during the summer to orient your student.
  • Attend the Student & Parent Orientations in the second week of school (see school calendar for date). Students will see:
    • PAC, where they will pick up schedules on the 1st day of school
    • Front Office
    • Gymnasium & Locker Rooms
    • Lunch facilities, tables, etc.
    • Media Center
    • Classrooms
    • Campus layout
    • Go to the Quad to purchase gym clothes, yearbooks etc. after Parent Orientation
  • Decide how students will get to school, using the most convenient access point for your family (see map). Avoid driving to the front entrance whenever possible as traffic can be difficult.
    • Organize a carpool or walking group so your student will arrive & leave school with a friend or neighbor.
    • Designate a meet spot for students after school to walk or ride home.
  • Students should set a meet spot in the “Quad” for lunchtime with their friends. It’s hard to find your friends even if they have a phone.
  • Make sure they remember that they go directly to the PAC on the 1st day to get their schedule.

School Supplies

  • On the first day, send them with a 1” 3-ring binder with pockets and 2 pencils.
  • PTSA provides an agenda with all school related information in the front section.
  • On the first day: Students will receive a syllabus from each class. The syllabus will outline teacher expectations, rules, grading policy, and supplies needed.  Prepare your student if they are anxious and explain that when you have 6 teachers, they each have their own rules.

Your student will not be able to organize their binders etc. until after the 1st day.

Have these things on hand:

  • One 1” 3-ring binder with pockets
  • One 2” 3-ring binder with pockets
  • Two 3” 3-ring binder with pockets
  • Pencils, pens, erasers, loose leaf college ruled paper (200 sheets)
  • 8 dividers with tabs and pockets
  • In this way, you can avoid the trip to the office supply on the 1st day & stay home to help your new middle school student get ready. Organizing to attend periods 1-6 on Monday, 1,3,5 on Tu/Th, and 2,4,6 on Wed/Fri is like an SAT logic problem.  Help them;)