Rising 6th Grade Presentation

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Rising 6th Grade Meet and Greet- Newton Lee Families and New to Loudoun Families

Thursday, March 4th, 3:30-4:30pm

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Rising 6th Grade Meet and Greet- Seldens Landing Families

Tuesday, March 9th, 3:30-4:30pm

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Rising 6th Grade Meet and Greet- Steuart Weller Families

Thursday, March 11th, 3:30-4:30pm

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Middle School 101

Middle School is divided into three separate houses:


  • House A (8th-grade students)
  • House B (7th-grade students)
  • House C (6th-grade students)


  • Each House is then broken down into three Interdisciplinary Teams.
  • An Interdisciplinary Team consists of three-four teachers (Language Arts teacher(s), History Teacher, and Science Teacher) who share the same group of students. Due to the different math options in sixth-grade, math teachers are not technically part of the team but do attend team meetings.
  • These teams meet biweekly to discuss the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs of students.
  • Your child's team name will be found on their class schedule in August.
  • In each of the Houses, students will find their core classes (Language Arts, Math, Science, and History/Civics teachers).
  • Additionally, every House has its own grade-level Dean, School Counselor, House Secretary, and an additional member of our Unified Mental Health Team.
  • At the end of every school year, Deans, Counselors, and House Secretaries will move to the next grade with students.
  • The sixth-grade Dean next year will be Mrs. Soukup, the Counselors will be Ms. Panek and Mr. White, the House Secretary will be Mrs. Newman, and the Social Worker in House C is Ms. Stein.
  • Student lockers and bathrooms are also located in the House areas.


All sixth graders will take Health and PE, Introduction to Computer Applications/Art, Music, and Resource/Spectrum in addition to these core classes. These classrooms are found outside of the House areas. Classes rotate through an A Day/ B Day schedule. More information on A Days and B Days will be included in next month's Newsletter.


Additionally, all sixth-grade students eat lunch together. Weather permitting, students have the opportunity to go to recess each day. The Belmont Ridge cafeteria is a technology-free zone.

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Meet Your Dean, Mrs. Soukup

I'm Denise Soukup, and I am pleased to introduce myself as the 6th Grade Dean. I am excited to continue in my second year as a Dean at Belmont Ridge Middle School and help grow a community that loves to learn. I am passionate about creating positive experiences within our school. I am looking forward to introducing the 6th grade to our annual BEMS Traditions and cultivating school spirit!

I have been with LCPS for 12 years, serving as a middle school science teacher and a dean. I attended Cornell University for my Bachelors of Science in Biology and my Masters of Arts in Teaching. I have a certificate in Educational Leadership from George Washington University, and I am currently a doctoral student at George Washington University, reaching leadership practices that will extend equity for students.

I like to share our school accomplishments and interesting education articles on Twitter, so follow me!

@SoakUpLearning

Meet Your Counselor, Ms. Panek

Hello, Rising 6th Graders and families! My name is Ms. Panek (pronounced Pawn-ick) and I am so excited to welcome you to Belmont Ridge! I am originally from New Jersey and received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from James Madison University. I then earned my Masters degree in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia and have worked as a school counselor at Belmont Ridge Middle School (BEM) for 3 years now. I have a strong passion for working with kids and supporting their individual needs. In my free time, I enjoy reading, exercising, baking, watching sports (Go Packers!), and spending time with my dog, Callie. Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions during the transition to middle school. I look forward to working with you!

Meet Your Counselor, Mr. White

Mr. White is now in his 14th year working at Belmont Ridge Middle School and 3rd serving as Lead Counselor. In addition to his position as the department lead, he is the counselor for all students who have an IEP or 504 plan as well as our ELL students. He also runs a number of clubs including Sweet Chefs and the Minority Student Association. Additionally, Mr. White has been the Junior Varsity Girl's Head Soccer Coach at Riverside High School since the school opened.

Mr. White previously served as a Rehabilitation Counselor for the District of Columbia's Rehabilitation Services Administration before obtaining a second degree and working as a school counselor with Monongalia County Schools in West Virginia. He also has numerous experiences in both public and private mental health services.

Mr. White has received a B.S. degree in Child Psychology, a M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling and also certification as a School Counselor in grades K-12. All degrees were conferred from West Virginia University. Let's Go Mountaineers!

Meet Your House Secretary, Mrs. Newman

Mrs. Newman is here to make every student’s transition to middle school a breeze! The only thing she likes more than her Steelers are her Riverhawks. Mrs. Newman has been a part of the Riverhawk family for 15 years and received her BA degree in Early Childhood Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. At Belmont Ridge, you can find her in the House C office helping students and staff, documenting absences, and keeping the 6th-grade house running smoothly. She can also be found in the locker bay between classes assisting students. In her spare time, Mrs. Neman loves to travel, shop, decorate, organize and most of all spend time with her friends and family. She looks forward to meeting you!

Meet Your Principal, Mrs. Johnson

Mrs. Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Law from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Hofstra University. She completed an Advanced Graduate Certificate Program in Educational Leadership from George Mason University. Ms. Johnson has served as an Assistant Principal for Loudoun County Public Schools since 2013 at Harper Park Middle School. Prior to that role, she served as a grade-level dean at Blue Ridge Middle School. Her work experience includes the role of a social science teacher in Loudoun County Public Schools and Kings Park, NY. Mrs. Johnson brings to the Belmont Ridge team experience in sustaining organizational structures designed to meet high academic standards and creating a safe environment. She has an understanding of the unique needs of middle school students and is excited to serve all Belmont Ridge Middle School stakeholders in this role.


Click below to see a recent LCPS new release about Mrs. Johnson:

https://www.lcps.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&ModuleInstanceID=272805&ViewID=7b97f7ed-8e5e-4120-848f-a8b4987d588f&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=332968&PageID=216730