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Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Christy Logan
Grades 9-12
251-461-2140
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Allie Fuquay
Grades 6-8
251-461-2142
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Marian Boteler
Grades PreK-5
251-461-2165
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Counseling Helpline
(251) 333-8756
Students or parents can call or text any time to report any acts of bullying and/or harmful behavior.

Resources 9-12

Recommended Reading

Please note that a book has not been published that perfectly addresses each situation one encounters when raising or working with adolescents. We believe you will find relevant sections in each of the below recommendations. You are the best judge as to what information applies to you.

  • Girl Wars (12 Strategies That Will End Female Bullying) (Cheryl Dellasega, PhD, Charisse Nixon, PhD
  • The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander (Barbara Coloroso)
  • Reviving Ophelia and Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls (Mary Pipher, PhD)
  • Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls (Rachel Simmons)
  • The Primal Teen: What the New Discoveries About the Teenage Brain Tell Us About our Kids (Barbara Strauch)
  • A Tribe Apart: A Journey Into the Heart of American Adolescence (Patricia Hersch)
  • BUZZED: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs From Alcohol to Ecstasy (Cynthia Kuhn, PhD., Scott Swartz Welder, PhD., Wilkie Wilson, PhD.)
  • Pumped: Straight Facts for Athletes About Drugs, Supplements, and Training (Cynthia Kuhn, PhD., Scott Swartzwelder, PhD., and Wilkie Wilson, PhD.)
  • Just Say Know: Talking with Kids About Drugs and Alcohol (Cynthia Kuhn, PhD., Scott Swartzwelder, PhD., and Wilkie Wilson, PhD.)

Small Group Offerings

Small Discussion Group

“Dealing with Stress” – This group will give students a chance to think about their stressors and to begin to develop healthy ways to deal with them. Within the safe supportive environment, they will begin to deal with stressful situations more effectively.

This group will meet during lunch.

  • Grades 11-12, 1st lunch wave
  • Grades 9-10, 2nd lunch wave

Group size will be limited due to COVID.

The groups will meet for 6 weeks beginning the week of January 25, 2021.



Resources 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.

Non-Fiction

  • Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy by Emily Bazelton
  • 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
  • UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me-World by Michele Borba, Ed.D.
  •  Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For? by Kari Kampakis
  •  Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School by Phyllis L. Fagell

Fiction

            Wonder by R.J. Palacio
            Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Articles

Juul Fact Sheet

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 - March 22, 2021
  • CTP5 - March 23, 2021 - March 25, 2021
CTP5 Parent Score Report Guide

Academic Planning Calendar

Semester 1

  • Quarter 1 - August 13-October 9
  • Quarter 2 - October 14-December 19
  • Semester exams (7th/8th) - December 15-18

Semester 2

  • Quarter 3 - January 5-March 12
  • Quarter 4 - March 16-May 27
  • Semester exams (7th/8th) - May 24-27

Small Discussion Groups and Resources

Student Newsletters

Saints in the Middle – Qtr 1 19-20

Saints in the Middle - Qtr 2 19-20

 

Small Disscussion Groups

In our small discussion groups, you will learn from your peers, build lasting friendships, and leave feelings empowered to make changes in your life. The middle school counselor will lead two small discussion groups on various topics. These groups will be offered to 7th and 8th graders only, who are enrolled in study hall. We will meet 1 day a week for 4 consecutive weeks.

“Dealing with Stress: I'm stuck!” – Our small group will discuss their understanding of stress, how growing up today is different, their objective of procrastination and how it affects them, and recognize their responses to stress and how to cope with it.
Dates: January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 2021

Click here for the registration form.

“All About the Self” – Our small group will discuss and share thoughts on how others see us, and how we see ourselves, recognize where we receive encouragement in our lives, learn to appreciate our differences and similarities, and finally discuss that it’s normal to need assistance during certain seasons.
Dates: March 11, 18, 25, April 1, 2021

Click here for the registration form.  

 

Banana Splits


Banana Splits is intended to give students in grades 6-8 a chance to share commonalities with other kids in similar situations. Some goals are to build a strong community and build people who appreciate each other's problems. We plan to meet once a month during lunch. Please use the form below to register.

Banana Splits Sign Up Form

 

Additional Resources

Bullying Prevention and Resources

“Bullying is when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.”

Rule 1: We will not bully others.
Rule 2: We will try to help others.
Rule 3: We will try to include students who are left out.
Rule 4: If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

This policy is posted in every classroom. Bullying and harassment will be addressed in the Second Step lessons held in your child's classroom monthly. If you are worried your child may be being bullied, please reach out to your grade level counselor as soon as possible to discuss the situation.

Tips for Parents

Online safety:

  • Keep computers in a central area that can be supervised. No computers in bedrooms.
  • Set and enforce reasonable limits for time spent online. Explain your reasons. It's fine to negotiate these limits.
  • Make sure you have access to your child's online accounts.
  • Review lists of "friends" (online connections).
  • Watch for the warning signs of bullying.
  • Read about bullying and cyberbullying (see recommended sites below).

Communication and trust:

  • Learn about the sites your child uses.
  • Have your son or daughter show you where he/she goes online and any profile page he/she has.
  • Talk regularly about online issues that concern you, such as what's appropriate to post.
  • Watch what your child does online, with their knowledge. That maintains more trust than using online tracking software or site-blocking tools.
  • Parents are rarely aware that their own child may have bullied someone. Consider the possibility and watch for any evidence of this. See If your child is the bully.

If bullying occurs:

  • Take it seriously but remain calm.
  • Help your child understand that it's not their fault.
  • Keep a record of harassing messages.
  • Let school officials know.
  • Work with the school to address the problem. Contacting the bully's parents, yourself can easily backfire.
  • Follow-up with your child and the school to see if the problem has reoccurred.
  • Enforce online limits but resist the urge to remove online privileges or prohibit social interactions, both so students can continue their social development and so they will come to you when problems occur.

Common Sense Media Family Activities


Helpful Links

Alabama State Law on Bullying

Washington Post Article - "Not All Unkindness is Bullying"

Common Sense Media

StopBullying.gov

Cyberbullying.org


BullyBlocker

Second Step (Grades 6-8)

Second Step is a program rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to encourage children to thrive. More than just a classroom curriculum, Second Step’s holistic approach helps create a more empathetic society by providing education professionals, families, and the larger community with tools to enable them to take an active role in the social-emotional growth and safety of today’s children.

What Is SEL?

In a world where emotional intelligence is critical for lifelong happiness, successful careers, and healthier relationships, social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults can better understand, manage, and express emotions and empathy, develop positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. SEL curricula teach children techniques that help them gain confidence, set and achieve positive goals, collaborate well, and navigate the world more effectively—adding a highly valuable dimension to education in the classroom. (CASEL, “What is SEL?”)

Second Step Classroom Schedule

The middle school counselor will conduct the appropriate and engaging Second Step lessons in your child’s classroom on certain days each month (6th grade - English, 7th grade - Latin, 8th grade - Civics). 

Resources PK-4

Standardized Testing

Make ups will not be given if your child missing standardized testing. If you have specific questions regarding standardized testing, please contact the front office.

Grade 1:

  • Practice OLSAT – March 30, 2020
  • OLSAT – March 31, 2020

Grade 2-4:

  • Practice OLSAT & CTP5 – March 30,2020
  • OLSAT & CTP5 – March 31, 2020 – April 2, 2020
 

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