Middle school is a time where students are expected to develop independent learning skills in order to be successful in classes. Students are exposed to a variety of new teaching styles and a much more complex curriculum. In order to aid students in their middle school studies Foxborough Regional Charter School and the Guidance Department have provided resources and tips for middle school students to do their best.
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The Guidance Department focuses on curriculum designed to support the social, emotional and academic needs of students. Read below to find out about our exciting programming.
5th Grade Programming
- “College Journeys” Project: All fifth grade students participate in a search, writing and exploration cross-disciplinary project between computer technology, the ELA Department and the Guidance Department. Classes were designed and led by the Guidance Counselor and English Teacher and included information about factors in choosing a college.
- Rumors Stopper Program: All fifth grade students participate in lessons on ways that they can work together to stop rumors. The lesson reviewed why students spread rumors and the ways that they can hurt everyone in a school community. Students then reviewed sample situations and practiced a language for stopping rumors in school.
6th Grade Programming
- Stopping Teasing Lessons: In 6th grade students read a book titled “Schooled” by Gordon Korman. In the book, a student who is homeschooled on a commune goes to a traditional public middle-school and has a lot to learn about the “rules of social acceptance” in middle-school. As part of this book, students will explore themes related to “fitting in,” “teasing” and “accepting others.” Two lessons will be co-taught by the Guidance Counselor and English teacher to help students discuss teasing and the role of the bully, bystander and victim in these situations.
- Sixth Grade Career Fair: Students participate in a career fair in 6th grade during which students listen to five or six parents present their educational and career paths. Students complete a questionnaire based on career videos before the fair and complete a worksheet and open response assignment after hearing the presentations.
- Sixth Grade Student of the Week Program: This program highlights students who have excelled. Students nominated for sixth grade student of the week, earn a certificate and their photos are featured on a bulletin board.
7th Grade Programming
- Career Exploration Naviance Lessons: All 7th grade students participate in two lessons to help students understand their strengths and the ways their strengths relate to future potential careers. Students also complete the Naviance Strengths Explorer Survey and research potential careers that they are matched with.
8th Grade Programming
- Advising Classes: All 8th grade students meet with the Guidance Counselor once per cycle as part of an advising class focusing on many important topics including preventing bullying, study skills, mental health awareness, and college/career exploration. click 8th Grade Seminars 2015-2016 for a list of topics covered during the year.
- Middle-School Achievement Teams: All Middle School students participate in Achievement teams. These Achievement Teams consists of a small group of students and an advisor. Achievement Teams meet once during the 6 day cycle to discuss a variety of topics relevant to success middle-school. These topics include: organization, study skills, time management, appropriate social media use, understanding differences, appreciating each other, career exploration and academic honesty. Another focus of achievement teams is on team building and community bonding to help students and staff to create positive relationships that will last throughout the year.
- YMCA Field-Trip: 6th & 7th Grade Students participate in anti-bullying community building field-trip at the Hockomock Area YMCA in North Attleboro. The trip focuses on teambuilding and character building activities. Students also engage in meaningful discussions about stopping bullying. The day ends with students being able to try a high ropes element if they want to. It is always great to see students cheer each other on and encourage each other.
- PARCC Pep Rally: The PARCC Pep Rally is a great event to show our school spirit and help students to get excited to try their hardest on PARCC/MCAS.
Middle school is a challenging time for all. Successes and failures are opportunities for growth. No one gets a full scholarship to college based on 7th grade and, similarly, no one is eliminated from going to college if 8th grade doesn’t go as well as planned. A balance of academics, social life and extracurricular activities is key to a successful middle school experience.
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