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Mrs. Harwell

6th Grade Team

I have been a teacher in Polk County for fifteen 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 2020-2021) 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.  

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:      Jacob Gandy           

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

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