Middle School Counseling Program
The middle school guidance curriculum provides academic experiences in small group classes that challenge students to develop and demonstrate healthy attitudes about themselves, others, and the world around them. Prevention skill-building opportunities are provided in critical areas in order to empower students with positive approaches to resist negative adolescent influences and pressures. The program is required for all students in each grade level; however, these courses are not graded.
Grade 6 guidance classes meet in small groups once per cycle during the academic year. Topics include successful transition into middle school, SMART goal setting, leadership development and school involvement, organization and time management, building self-concept through confidence and positive self-talk, diversity awareness, and empathy recognition. Students begin a focus on healthy communication patterns through Conflict Resolution I which has an emphasis on emotional literacy and I-statements, the consequences and rewards of peer relationships, personal safety, and coping skills. Students also participate in initial career exploration through an understanding of career clusters.
Grade 7 guidance classes meet in small groups once per cycle during the Spring semester. Students build on their academic successes of 6th grade and further develop study skills based on their individual learning styles. Students continue their understanding of healthy communication through Conflict Resolution II which dives into personal contributions as well as coping with changes in relationships. Students learn to set boundaries that are appropriate for their safety and personal well being. Grade 7 classes also discuss emotional self-control and how it relates to decision making and digital ethics of sharing thoughts to social media and the cyber world in general. Students continue to develop long term goals as they link their personal interests to potential career fields.
Grade 8 guidance classes meet in small groups once per cycle during the academic year. Advanced skill-building opportunities are provided in order to help students develop strong leadership qualities. Specific topic areas include self awareness and acceptance, understanding and accepting differences from a local and global perspective, challenging negative beliefs and affirmations to help with emotional self-control, and managing stress to aid in the personal accountability of school success. Students finish the healthy communication series with Conflict Resolution III, an opportunity for students to identify problem solving strategies that allow them to assert themselves in a variety of different situations to include peer pressure dynamics and refusing high risk behaviors that others may participate in. Students conclude the year preparing for the high school transition as well as building an awareness of a college preparation course of study for post secondary goals.