Welcome to 7th Grade
The NEMS Counseling Department is very excited to work with your 7th grade student! As your student's counselors, we are available to assist with a variety of questions, issues and concerns. We serve as advocates for you and your child.
7th Grade Counseling Support
During the 7th grade year, we will work with your student's teachers to lead monthly lessons related to Personal/Social Development (including character education), Academic Skills (including study skills and organization) and Career Planning (including preparing for College). Additionally, we will meet with students individually and in group sessions. Group Guidance sessions will be held during lunch, Enrichment periods or study hall. Counselors have caseloads according to teams as well as grade levels.
7th Grade Classes
Each 7th Grade student will be placed on a team. Each team consists of four teachers who teach Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Math. The teaming concept helps provide a better transition to Middle School as the four teachers communicate daily about student concerns as well as work together to plan team specific events and programming. Every 7th Grade student has two elective periods during the day. These two elective periods could include a gym class, a remediation class, a performing arts class or a diversified arts class. The majority of seventh grade students will have a full year of gym during an elective period. Seventh grade students will have either a performing arts elective period, a remediation elective period or a diversified arts elective period for the second elective period. All students will complete their day with an East time with one of their team teachers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Mondays and Fridays, students will participate in an Advisory period at the end of the day. Students and advisors will complete various activities together that focus on character development, educational neuroscience, academic goal setting, self-empowerment, and team building.
Parents Concerns in 7th Grade
1.With Freedom comes Responsibility. Seventh Grade can be one of the most stressful years socially for students. With the addition of hormonal changes and new emotions, your regularly compliant child might begin to test limits. It is important that as a Parent you continue to allow additional freedom, but you still maintain regular monitoring of your child's schoolwork, friends and social activities.
2. Monitor your child's homework, but don't manage it. Parents should continue to keep track of student's grades and completion of work. Parents can view daily assignments on each teacher's classroom webpage. Parents should also monitor grades through PowerSchool. If you have lost your PowerSchool ID, please contact Student Services.
3. Monitor your child's technology use. As a parent, you will need to set the rules for all technology in your house, including cameras, devices such as phones, IPADS, IPODS, etc. You will want to set limits on how much time the devices can be used as well as how those devices can be used. You are the FCC for your child's technology and can limit or take away any devices. You may even want to create a technology contract with your child that outlines all rules for technology.
4. Help your child develop a strong work ethic. Your seventh grade student should have homework or review activities every night to complete. If your child does not have homework in a particular subject, encourage him or her to at least spend 10 minutes reviewing notes from class that day. This will greatly improve your child's test performance over that material. In 7th grade, students will be responsible for making up any work that occurred during absences.