Update on Middle School Advisory

On Fridays Middle School advisory is spent covering Real World Skills. Below is a list of topics to be covered in November and December:

November 6 - Importance of Goal Setting
November 13 - SMART Goals
November 20 - Failure - learning from, growing from, and accepting
November 2 - Overcoming obstacles

December 4 - Self-reflection/personal missions, meaning of mission
December 11 - Studying, the meaning of hard work
December 18 - Study habits, defining self as a studier

Semester 2 begins with a completed reflection of first semester.

Mrs. Tessin, our kindergarten through grade 8 school counselor, also meets weekly with all students as part of the advisory program. Below is an overview of what she does with students:

Fifth and sixth graders participate in one guidance class a week with Mrs. Tessin. The main focus for Quarter 2 is the SEL program RULER and Mindfulness.

Students were recently introduced to the RULER anchor tool, the Mood Meter. The Mood Meter is a tool we use to recognize and understand our own and other peoples' emotions.

The Mood Meter is divided into four color quadrants – red, blue, green, and yellow – each representing a different set of feelings. Different feelings are grouped together on the Mood Meter based on their pleasantness and energy level.

RED feelings: high in energy and more unpleasant (e.g., angry, scared, and anxious)

BLUE feelings: low in energy and more unpleasant (e.g., sad, disappointed, and lonely)

GREEN feelings: low in energy and more pleasant (e.g., calm, tranquil, and relaxed)

YELLOW feelings: high in energy and more pleasant (e.g., happy, excited, and curious)

Students practice recognizing which quadrant of the Mood Meter they are in, naming the emotion they are experiencing and developing strategies for working with a range of emotions. More information about the Mood meter.

Mrs. Tessin received mindfulness training through Mindful Schools and incorporates these practices with students at the beginning of guidance class.

Seventh and eighth graders are participating in Community Circles during guidance class with Mrs. Tessin and their advisor.

The discussions are structured around the curriculum Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School. This guide focuses on positive and prosocial attitudes and behaviors that build a respectful and compassionate school environment.

Examples of community circle topics:

  • Dealing with peer pressure
  • Celebrating uniqueness and accepting differences
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Coping with and counteracting bullying
  • Setting goals and overcoming obstacles
  • Dealing with anger