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Welcome to 6th Grade

O’Keeffe Middle School is pleased to welcome incoming 6th graders and their parents for the 2022-23 school year.

Starting Middle School is a big step. The staff at O’Keeffe is committed to supporting students and parents as they make this important transition. If you have questions, please email the O’Keeffe School Counselor, Paul Chotlos, at If you would prefer to communicate questions in Spanish, email Magda Coll-Palombi at

O'Keeffe Tigers

2022-23, Grade 5-6 Transition Timeline for O’Keeffe Middle

March 7 - O’Keeffe sends a welcome email to parents of rising 6th graders at Marquette, Lowell and Hawthorne with O’Keeffe enrollment for 2022-23. The welcome email includes a parent feedback form that parents can return to the O’Keeffe Principal. We are requesting that parents communicate student information to Mr. Dugas no later than May 3.

March 21-25 O'Keeffe staff will visit 5th grade classrooms at Hawthorne, Lowell and Marquette to greet students, explain music options, and answer student questions about O'Keeffe. Using email, we will send a follow up survey to 5th grade parents so that they can indicate their student’s 6th grade music class preference. Parents should reply to the music survey before April 13.

April 13 - 7-8 pm. O'Keeffe Information Night (format to be determined) for parents of rising 6th graders. The event includes presentations by 6th grade staff. If the meeting is in person, parents can visit 6th grade classrooms

View the Google Presentation

April 27- (9:45-10:45 am) Student orientation and building tour for Marquette 5th graders in the O’Keeffe multipurpose room.

April 28 - (9:45-10:45 am) Student orientation and building tour for Lowell 5th graders and O’Keeffe bound Hawthorne 5th graders in the O’Keeffe Multipurpose Room. Yellow school buses will transport students from Lowell and Hawthorne to O’Keeffe for the event.

Note that we are planning additional orientation activities prior to the start of school in August and the first day of school is for 6th graders only.

Frequently Asked Questions

An Introduction to O’Keeffe Middle School

An Introduction to the O’Keeffe 6th Grade Staff

After School Options at O’Keeffe

Other Questions You May Have