@mikehaas763 If you go through the prompts during jspm init and say yes to transpiling and choose babel as your transpiler, then you don't need to do anything else other than load your modules with SystemJS.
I believe there is a way to re-prompt if you already did that with other values... I don't remember it though.
system wasn't recognizing my file being imported as an ES6 module (I believe it uses a regex for this). So it was never attempting to load babel and compile. I added an export to my file and that triggered it to be recognized as es6