Gordon A. Bailey Middle School

4020 Lost Oasis Hollow

Austin, TX 78739

512 414-4990

Sixth Grade

We can't wait to welcome you to Bailey Middle School! We know that arriving at Middle School for the first time can be intimidating. We have addressed some of the questions you may have below:

What do I need to bring?

For the first day of school, you should bring:
  • a folder containing notebook paper, a pen or pencil
  • your Summer Reading Assignment
  • your lunch or lunch money
Just a reminder, anything you bring with you during the first week of school, you will have to carry (backpacks are not permitted until you receive your school locker).
Lockers are not usually assigned until all required paperwork is turned in (about a week).

What do I wear?

We know that you want to be fashionable, but make sure that what you wear is in compliance with our dress code. If you get chilledeasily, you may want to bring a sweater as the rooms can get cold.
  • Shorts/skirts have to be finger tip length with arms straight by your side.
  • No attire with holes, shreds, etc.
  • No camisole, halter or tank tops.
  • No basketball or athletic shorts.

What do I do when I arrive at Bailey?

When you arrive at Bailey, you will stay in the main hall or in the cafeteria. There will be Alpha Advisory lists posted on the wall. On the 6th grade list, locate the first letter of your last name and report to the room number assigned to your last name when the gate goes up (8:05). Most of you will have alpha advisory in the 6th grade hall (rooms 300-314), but some of you may have it in another area in the building or even a portable.
If you don’t know where to go, don’t hesitate to ask a teacher, administrator, or any Bailey staff person to help you locate your Alpha Advisory.

What is Alpha Advisory?

Once you arrive at Alpha Advisory, your teacher will give you your schedule and answer any questions you may have. After about 10–15 minutes, the bell will ring and you will be released to your first period class. If for some reason you don’t have a schedule, your Alpha Advisory teacher will advise you to report to the cafeteria to get your schedule. On Tuesday, you will not report to Alpha Advisory, you will report to your first period class when the gate is raised.

When do I eat lunch?

Sixth grade lunch begins at 10:50a.m. and ends at 11:20a.m. You will be escorted by your 3rd period teacher to the cafeteria.
After lunch, you will be escorted to the 6th grade hall by an administrator and 6th grade teachers.
Please follow the cafeteria expectations listed below:
  • Walk to and from lunch
  • Wait in line respectfully
  • Act respectfully toward all adults
  • Stay seated when eating and talking
  • Speak with your inside voice
  • Throw all of your trash away

What do I do if I get lost, or if I have a question?

Do not be intimidated to ask any teacher, administrator, or Bailey staff person for assistance. We are here to help you and want you to have a great first day as a Bailey Bear. If you get home after your first day and have a question that can’t wait until the next day, please call our main office at 414-4990 for assistance.

Incoming 6th Grade Summer Reading List

Book One is a required novel:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

After reading Wonder, complete the graphic organizer. You will turn in this assignment to your 6th grade English teacher on the first day of school.

​The graphic organizer should be finished using complete sentences. Be sure to answer the questions asked in each section of the assignment. This will be your very first English grade of 6th grade!

Book Two is a choice novel. Select one book from the following titles:

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix 
Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin 
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander 
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan  
I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson 
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia 
Peak by Roland Smith 
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli 
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Once school begins, you will receive an assignment to complete in English class based on your second choice book. You need to read the novel over the summer to be ready to complete this assignment. You will receive the second assignment and due date once you meet your new English teacher.