Counseling Grades 5-8

Recommended Reading

Please note that a book has not yet been published that perfectly addresses each situation one encounters when teaching or rearing adolescents. We believe you will find relevant sections in each of these recommendations. However, you are the best judge as to what information is useful for your family.


  • Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy by Emily Bazelton
  • American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales
  • The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults by Frances E. Jensen, MD with Amy Ellis Nutt
  • Queen Bees and Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman
  • Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads by Rosalind Wiseman
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey


            Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Standardized Testing

Students should arrive at school promptly in order to begin testing. The best preparation is to have a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast. If your child is sick, please call the Middle School office (461-2170) and let us know.

  • OLSAT - October 24, 2017
  • Stanford Achievement Tests - October 24-26, 2017

Academic Planning Calendar

Semester 1

  • Quarter 1 - August 10-October 13
  • Quarter 2 - October 17-December 15
  • Semester exams (7th/8th) - December 13-15

Semester 2

  • Quarter 3 - January 3-March 9
  • Quarter 4 - March 13-May 24
  • Semester exams (7th/8th) - May 22-24

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