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Mrs. Harwell

6th Grade Team

I have been a teacher in Polk County for fourteen years and a member of the South McKeel Academy family since the middle school opened in 2009. I earned both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Education from Florida State University and am currently certified in Middle Grades Integrated and Health K-12.  I am so excited to be a part of the the 6th grade team again this year. Can't wait for all of the amazing things we have planned!

        "When a child says science is boring, I cringe. Science is the world...and that's far from boring."      -Walt Whitman


Please join our Facebook group (SMA 6th Grade 2019-2020) by clicking the image below. This closed group is available only to parents/guardians of current 6th grade students at South McKeel Academy. It includes regular updates from teachers, photos of activities and events, special requests, etc.  

Career Shadowing 

The Schools of McKeel Academy is dedicated to providing educational opportunities that go beyond the traditional classroom. As a part of this commitment, students at South McKeel Academy participate in alternative activities such as Career Shadowing. Career curriculum and exploration is an integral part of the core philosophy shared by all of the McKeel schools. When students receive career information at an early age, school involvement and school performance improve. Students increase their social and interpersonal skills. Students' confidence, competence and motivation increase, and this leads to academic success. Providing students with this opportunity to expand their horizons and to gain perspective about their future is something we are proud of! 

On that day, students will work side-by-side with a responsible adult, who works outside of his/her home and agrees to allow them to spend the day on the job with him or her.

About Career Shadowing:

1. All students in grades 6-12 are required to participate.

2. Students should select careers of interest to them. Parents/guardians should assist them in making their selection and in securing a location.

3. Students may NOT shadow teachers at a McKeel school.

4. HIPPA laws may prohibit shadowing at a healthcare facility.

5. Students should not report to school on Career Shadowing day, but should go directly to the Career Shadowing site.

6. Transportation to and from the selected location will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian. Stay tuned for additional information.

Science Labs 

This school year your child will be involved in various hands-on science activities involving the use of laboratory equipment and other science-related materials. The Science Lab Safety Contract was created to protect students during laboratory investigations and experiments and to ensure equipment is handled with care. Students may not participate in laboratory activities without a signed contract. Click the image below to access the Science Lab Safety Contract. 

Behavior Expectations 

Because The Schools of McKeel Academy recognizes and values its role in developing employable adults, an emphasis is placed on helping students build a portfolio of skills essential to success in the classroom and in the future workforce.  These expectations not only ensure an orderly and efficient classroom, they also encourage students to be responsible, accountable, respectful and empathetic to others.  Coaching is provided throughout the year by faculty and staff as well as peer "House Leaders".  

1.  Follow directions.

2.  Takes responsibility for own actions; demonstrates self control.

3.  Completes and submits quality classwork.

4.  Listens respectfully and acknowledges the thinking of others.

5. Displays best effort.

6.  Uses technology in accordance with school policies.


Science goes digital!

All assignments, rubrics, due dates, and resources for Science class can be found on Canvas, an information management system used by The Schools of McKeel Academy. Access Canvas under "suggested links" or simply click the image below:

Contact Us 

The best way to contact us is by email. If you have questions or concerns regarding a specific subject area, please direct the email to the appropriate teacher by clicking on their name below:

Language Arts:          Juliet Johnson

Math:                        Candice Tyler

Science:                    Kimberly Harwell

Social Studies:            Jason Hagerman

Physical Education:      Ashlinn Rodgers


General questions should be sent to your child's homeroom teacher.

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