Ravenswood Elementary School

5th & 6th Grade Overview

Our Ravenswood Junior Middle School (5th & 6th grade) is an exciting new experience in students’ educational journeys. As an RJMS student, there will be many first that will be taking place during the school year. RJMS is the start of preparing students for the academic, social and organizational expectations of high school and marks a shift on what we expect from students in their Ravenswood experience. The teachers and administrators ensure the transition from a self-contained setting to a departmentalized structure will be as smooth as possible.

You’ll find information on all of our 5th & 6th plans below. Please scroll down, or click on a link, to learn more.


Our Junior Middle School Teachers

Please feel free to email your student’s teacher directly to discuss any questions or concerns.


Our Junior Middle School (JMS) Curriculum

RJMS students explore identity through poetry, and share their poems with their classmates and the school

RJMS students explore identity through poetry, and share their poems with their classmates and the school

We explore “short form” writing, and post our comments to a (private) Twitter account!

We explore “short form” writing, and post our comments to a (private) Twitter account!

Apart from Homeroom, students will now be traveling to five different academic classes every day: Essentials, English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Students will have their choice of essentials classes and will be in classes with both 5th and 6th JMS students.

This is a very special time in young adolescent development. Our JMS team is very mindful of this, and have been thoughtfully developing systems and programs to support our students. In addition to our core curriculum, we will focus on increasing academic rigor, fostering independence, building positive healthy relationships with self and others, and highlighting personal responsibility. These key areas are the foundations of interpersonal success.

We also offer a weekly advisory block to give students and teachers a chance to reconnect, check in, express concerns, and problem solve issues that affect the JMS student at any given time.

All of our students are also encouraged to join our JMS Homework Club, which provides before and after school academic support, computer access, and a quiet place to work and learn.


5th & 6th Grade Daily Schedule

RJMS students participate in a classroom Poetry Slam, complete with beverages, snacks, and a coffee-shop ambiance.

RJMS students participate in a classroom Poetry Slam, complete with beverages, snacks, and a coffee-shop ambiance.

Every day is different, especially for our RJMS students. Students are rotating classrooms and choosing electives for the first time. The typical day for a junior middle school student may go something like this:

  • 8:45am - 9:45am - Essentials Classes. These change every quarter, and our JMS students decide which electives they want to take.

  • 9:45 - 10:45am - Homeroom

  • 10:45 - 11:45am - Social Studies or Science

  • 11:45 - 12:45pm - Science or Social studies

  • 12:45 - 1:00pm - Math or ELA

  • 1:00 - 1:55pm - Lunch & Recess

  • 1:55 - 2:40 - ELA or Math

  • 2:40 - 3:40pm - ELA or Math

Students also have a weekly advisory session that allows them to connect with teachers, check in, express concerns, and problem solve issues.


Grading & Homework in Junior Middle School


JMS grading is based on a standard scale:

  • 100-90% - A - Exceeding Grade Level Standards

  • 89-80% - B - Above Grade Level Standards

  • 79 - 70% - C - Meeting Grade Level Standards

  • 69 - 60% - D - Below Grade Level Standards

  • 59% or below - F - Well Below Grade Level Standards

We do have homework in JMS! We strongly encourage students to take advantage of our Homework Club. Homework club provides additional instruction and help and a quiet place to work for all of our JMS students.


Our JMS Parent Community

We welcome all parents, guardians and family of 5th and 6th graders to join our classroom community!

Our teachers send out a monthly newsletter. Please send them your email address to get the latest news and updates.

Our RJMS students have a variety of extracurricular activities open to them. Extracurriculars help students develop new skills, and are also a great chance for parents to mingle and connect.

If you’re on Facebook and your student is in 5th grade, please join our class Facebook page. You’ll find playdate and party invites, discussions, and questions posted here. Please note that this is a closed Facebook group, so conversations are private, and we will ask you to confirm your student’s name.

We always need help getting organized. Please reach out to your room parents or teachers for ways to help in the classroom. Please note that, per CPS policy, you do need to be a registered volunteer.

Field Trips

We still take field trips in RJMS. As with earlier years, the field trips will align with students’ studies. We’ll take advantage of the many wonderful museums and institutions our city has to offer.

Considering High School in Grades 5 & 6

Though there’s still plenty of time, we do encourage our junior middle school students to begin thinking about high schools in grades 5 & 6.

Our school counselor will talk with each student individually about their ideas and goals. These sessions may include an overview of the student’s grades to this point, a discussion of interests and enthusiasms, and reviews of test scores. We’ll also start to review timelines and details of the GoCPS application process.

For some students, next steps might include taking advanced math at our neighboring Lakeview High School. Parents will be contacted about this directly.

Our school is part of Ward 47’s Grow Community program, which leads open houses, tours, and introductory programming for our neighborhood high schools. Students will be encouraged to begin learning more about high school programming.


Supplies, Wish Lists & Donors Choose

Your financial support of our classrooms is very much appreciated!


Supply Lists

We’ll update our school supply lists at the end of the school year. For now, please consider supporting us through Donors Choose or by purchasing items on our wish lists!

Wish Lists

We wish our school supplies lasted all year. Since they don’t, we’ve made wish lists of materials that we really need to replace. Our teachers may reach out with supply needs throughout the year. If you can, please support our students with these additional purchases.

Donors Choose

For larger classroom purchases, or for capital supplies like bookcases or seating, we request grants and funding from Donors Choose. Your support of our projects helps our students and may be tax deductible.

Parent Supports

Parenting is never easy. We’re here to help.

Our school counselor provides counseling, free of charge, to all Ravenswood students. Families are encouraged to reach out at any time.

We ask that parents help support their JMS students in the transition to a new structure. Talking through the new process and letting students know how excited their parents and teachers are for them will help students adjust.

If you have any questions or concerns about your student’s schoolwork, classroom behavior, social & emotional skills, or academic performance, please feel free to email your teacher.