Facility Study Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be middle school orientation for students entering 6th grade in 2021-2022?
Yes. The middle school will host orientations for 5th-grade students during the 2020-2021 school year. There will also be an orientation for 6th-grade students and new students to Harlem Middle School in August of 2021.
Will 6th grade students be in 6th grade teams at Harlem Middle School?
Yes. The middle school values their team concept and the recommendation includes creating 6th-grade teams. Students will be part of a smaller learning community within the larger school.
How will I know if my student is impacted by the ESL programming changes?
Administrators and staff will be in contact with families that may be impacted by the ESL programming changes. The HoLA program will remain at Rock Cut for 1st through 5th grades. The HoLA program, by the year 2021-2022, will be available K-8.
Will the Machesney elementary building be suitable for 1st through 3rd grade students?
Part of the recommendation includes adding playground equipment that is appropriate for younger students. Furniture (desks, chairs, etc.) from Marquette will be moved to Machesney's classrooms. Books and other resources from the learning center Marquette will also move over to Machesney.
Will Fine Arts be available at Harlem Middle School for 6th grade students?
Harlem Middle School will have a 6th grade Fine Arts team starting in 2021-2022. Students on the Fine Arts team will be offered a variety of Fine Arts elective courses. Harlem Middle School currently offers Fine Arts teams in 7th and 8th grade.
How will I know if the elementary boundary changes impact my family?
Once the recommendation is approved by the Harlem School Board, administrators will be in contact with families impacted by the boundary changes. They will work with families on the transition plan for their specific students.
Why is an addition needed at the high school for the Career and Technical Education program?
The students who are currently enrolled in some career and technical education classes (ex. welding, automotive) have to travel to an off-campus location. The travel limits course options for students interested in these classes. In order to provide a high-quality CTE program and pathways, students and staff need to have access to the appropriate facilities and industry-specific equipment and tools that support learning.
Will students currently at Ralston be impacted by the Fine Arts program moving to Ralston?
No. Moving the Fine Arts program to Ralston will not impact Ralston students and their ability to attend their designated home school.