The Middle School Counseling Department
Your 8th Grade Counselor
Throughout the 8th grade year, the counselor assigned to the 8th grade class will be working with students individually, in small groups and through classrooms lessons - helping to prepare students for the transition to high school. The counselor will be addressing topics such as study skills, career and college awareness, citizenship and school involvement and scheduling for 9th grade.
Your 8th Grade Year is Important
Your progress in 8th grade largely determines the courses you will be able to take in 9th grade. In fact, the grades you receive in some classes offered in 8th grade become part of your high school transcript. For students taking the following classes, the final grade will become part of the permanent high school transcript and will be computed into the high school GPA.
Please speak with your teachers or your guidance counselor if you are concerned about your progress or grades in any of your classes.
9th Grade Course Selection
The 8th grade counselor will be distributing information to students and parents throughout the year regarding the transition process. It is very important that students and parents undertsand the scheduling and placement process for 9th grade courses. Please carefully review the link below which outlines the timeline and criteria for every course available in 9th grade.
Thinking about careers in middle school is really about exploring interests and options. Students are encouraged to try various clubs and activities and get involved in their community. Understanding how school skills become successful work skills is a key component of career education. Throughout middle school students explore the following themes:
8th grade students study an in-depth career unit in their health classes which culminates in a special Career Day program. Each year, members of the community from various professions present on the exciting options available in fields such as healthcare, law, finance, advertising, broadcasting, law enforcement, governement and many more.
College and post high school options may seem far off in the future, but it will be here before you know it. The more informed you are about your options, the easier the decision making process will be when it comes time to decide what you will do after high shool graduation. Consider the following checklist for middle school students:
Parents, be sure to check out the following websites which outline the college academic and financial planning process:
Children growing up today have been using the computer practically their entire lives. As parents, it is important to know how to keep your children safe from internet predators while they enjoy the many benefits that using a computer provide. It is also important that your children do not participate nor do they become victims of cyberbullying. Please see the resources provided below to find out how to keep your children safe while they learn and enhance their knowledge using the computer and internet.
What should a student do if they are getting bullied or see someone else being bullied?
As Counselors, we try to guide our students to make good choices for themselves. Leading a healthy lifestyle from an early age will enhance their self esteem and provide them with the inner strength to make good choices.