Pioneer Middle SchoolTHE ADVENTURESOF MIDDLE SCHOOL
To introduce you to Pioneer Middle SchoolTo ease your mind about your childs transition into Middle SchoolTo offer tips and suggestions for you to get the most out of the next 3 years, addressing academics and the social growth of your child
INTRODUCING KEY PERSONNEL
Mentors will lead an organized activity using the student binder reminder at the blue lunch tables.
Students and mentors will compete in teams to complete the Boot Camp Scavenger Hunt.
HAVE FUN!HAVE FUN WITH YOUR MENTORS!
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMIC COUNSELOR?Our goals and objectives align with the schools mission statement.We focus on the development of three domains:AcademicCareerPersonal/Social DevelopmentWhat does this look like?Guidance curriculum in the classroomOne on one with families and studentsCollaborate with teachers for academic interventionsWe utilize research-based best practices.
PIONEER MIDDLE SCHOOL WHAT DO WE STAND FOR?Our Mission:To maximize ALL students academic potential and personal responsibility
Our Beliefs:R.E.A.L. Wildcats R.O.A.R.All students are capable of learning at high levelsAll students have access to interventionsMiddle school success is not just about academics personal/social growth is important, too
Bell SchedulesParking Lot for student safety, please follow the traffic pattern.Traffic it gets CRAZY after 7:30.Personal DeliveriesNo deliveries to classrooms; regular lunch delivery is frowned upon.AbsencesAttendance correlates to school success, whereas absenteeism correlates to school failure (including dropping out). 15-20 absences is considered chronic (Child Trends Data bank, 2014).1 day absent = 7 periods missed = 7 lessons missed Dress CodeFocus on dressing to learn in comfortSchool to Home CommunicationPlease allow 24-48 for either a phone or an email response from teachers and staff.Conference structure is different than in elementary school.
THINGS TO KNOW!
Aeries Parent PortalActivity on Portal correlates to student successBinder ReminderWealth of information in first sectionTutorial stampingWebsiteUpdated regularlyVisit all tabs Coffee with the CounselorsMonthly presentations by counselors or speakers on current hot topicsSocial media
THINGS TO KNOW
Physical changesMore development happens now than any other time in life, other than first two yearsThe brain is not fully developed until age 25Intellectual developmentConcrete logic to analytical thoughtAbility to argue a position, question authority, understand sophisticated levels of humor (sarcasm)Social/emotional transitionMove from accepting adult moral judgment to developing personal valuesSearching for an adult identity while still seeking peer approvalShift from emulating parents to emulating peers, although parents still play key role in final decision making
(2013, Caskey, Anfara, Jr.)
THE MIDDLE SCHOOLER:NO LONGER A CHILD, NOT YET AN ADULT
SHIFT TO GROWTH MINDSETShift from a fixed mindset to a growth mindsetFixed = inherent intelligence determines futureGrowth = abilities are due to actions
How does this impact our students? Fixed = I didnt get an A so I must be stupidGrowth = I didnt get an A but I learned so much!
Teens battle with parents to dismantle parental authority, but they are not ready to be on their own.
The brain is not fully developed until age 25; the prefrontal cortex (the decision-making area of the brain) develops last.(AAA, 2013) (UCLA 2013)
The lack of life experience results in teens seeing day-to-day existence, not long-term perspective.
The more teens feel that they are truly on their own, the more vulnerable they become.THE NEED FOR BOUNDARIES
Teens and tweens are on social media in alarming numbers.Connected 24/7 to peers and the Internet.Doctors recommend a maximum of two hours of Internet time per day, however most students report being connected for longer periods of time.FOMO Fear of Missing Out teens feel a real sense that something could happen in the world, and they dont want it to happen without them.Popular Sites for teens include Facebook, Instagram, ask.fm, Yik Yak, Twitter, YouTube, SnapChat, Tumblr and More to come on this topic at our monthly Coffee with the CounselorsSOCIAL MEDIA
Helicopter Parents, Snow Plow Parents, Glider Parents
What used to be a tongue-in-cheek label now has data to support unfortunate outcomes for young adults.Intrusive parenting interferes with the development of autonomy and competence. (Donatone, 2014)Glide children through the success and challenges of young adulthood.Todays teens need:greater tolerance for uncertaintymore flexibilitybalanceconflict management skillsability to deal with disappointmentTEENS AND COPING SKILLS
Academic supportEncourage daily attendanceAttend parent programsHelp with and model time good management and organization skillsMake homework your childs responsibilityEncourage independent problem solvingSocial/Emotional supportBe involved and informedCommunicate with your childTeach responsibility Provide appropriate consequencesUnderstand their technology
ADVICE FOR PARENTS
Traffic is terrible!!
Drive with a smile and patience and we will all be much safer!WERE NOT KIDDING