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  •  If you give your child the same esteem you would give a great lecturer, then the child will know him or herself to be valued and therefore will feel valuable. There is no better and ultimately no other way to teach your children that they are valuable people than by valuing them. 
  • The more children feel valuable, the more they will begin to say things of value. They will rise to your expectation of them.
  • The more you listen to your child, the more you will realize that in amongst the pauses, the stutterings, the seemingly innocent chatter, your child does indeed have valuable things to say. The dictum that great wisdom comes from “the mouths of babes” is recognized as an absolute fact by anyone who truly listens to children.
  • Listen to your child enough and you will come to realize that he or she is quite an extraordinary individual. And the more extraordinary you realize your child to be, the more you will be willing to listen. And the more you will learn.
  • The more children know that you value them, that you consider them extraordinary people, the more willing they will be to listen to you and afford you the same esteem. And the more appropriate your teaching, based on your knowledge of them, the more eager your children will be to learn from you. And the more they learn, the more extraordinary they will become.


                              - From “The Road Less Traveled” calendar 1993

                            By M. Scott Peck   May 28, 29/30, 31  June 1,3.

GUIDENCE DEPARTMENT 7th Grade Presentation
PTO Meeting


Introduction: Welcome to 7th grade, year of exploration…students are not the youngest, not the oldest in the school, time to really explore what JJMS has to offer and pursue goals academically and socially (by joining clubs, etc.)

  • Typically in 6th grade, students still look to adults for the answers
  • In 7th grade, they have all the answers.

Developmentally appropriate for them to challenge

Negotiable vs. Non-Negotiable behaviors

Some Differences in 7th grade:

  • More responsibility is placed on the student
  • More independence
  • Increased rigor in courses
  • School sports

Counseling Services:

  • We are here to guide both you and your child through the middle school years.  Typical areas include academic, social and emotional aspects of their lives…these can include how to navigate social situations, academic difficulties, and home issues, etc.
  • We have met with all the 7th grade students in classes where we continued our counseling curriculum and focused on The Habits of Mind, and discussed listening with understanding and empathy, communicating with clarity and precision, and managing impulsivity. This was done through a lesson where we explored what are the characteristics of being a good student, friend and JJMS community member.
  • There will be follow up lessons this year on the disposition of being a persistent learner.

Any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor. 

Towards the beginning of February, we will begin to work with 7th graders on course selections for 8th grade.

A typical 8th grade schedule may include:

  • ELA
  • SS
  • World Language (HS course that will be in transcript)
  • Flex period/Study Hall
  • Unified Arts
  • PE/Music (band, orchestra, chorus or ears to music)
  • Lunch
  • Math: 2 options Common Core Math 8 or Common Core Algebra 1
  • Science: 2 options, Science 8 or Earth Science

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