Middle School Guidance

MIDDLE SCHOOL GUIDANCE

SHPA has multiple ways to support our Middle Schoolers through a healthy adolescence.

As our students progress through developmental stages, it is natural that they test boundaries. Our fundamental goal is to help students learn to be virtuous – to make good decisions about their actions. By maintaining clear and consistent guidelines for behavior and by holding students accountable, SHPA creates a physically and emotionally safe environment in which students grow to understand that their actions lead to consequences. SHPA’s approach to student behavior is to help children develop internal mechanisms for monitoring and taking responsibility for their behavior. We do this in several ways. SHPA’s approach to student behavior is to help children develop internal mechanisms for monitoring and taking personal responsibility for actions and choices. We teach the Seven Character Pillars of honesty, respect, integrity, compassion, confidence, excellence, and citizenship.

In the fall of the year, our Middle School students elect one female and one male representative from each class to serve on the Middle School’s Honor Council. It is the student’s duty to represent their classmates, presenting the needs and requests of their grade to the Honor Council for consideration. Our main goal in Honor Council is to make SHPA a better place by adding student-directed programs and events that help students live out the mission of our school, to provide students with examples of both citizenship responsibilities and the democratic process, to learn the value of cooperation and dialogue, and to learn leadership skills.

The advisory program at SHPA joins together students of each grade level as peers for mentoring opportunities and organizational support (i.e. helping organize lockers/planners, prepare for test) in a structured social setting. This program also focuses on character development by challenging students to improve themselves in all aspects of life; social, emotional, and academic. When appropriate, these activities are separated by gender. Our advisory program supports students through Middle School while preparing them for the challenges of high school.

School counseling is provided by the Adler Institute. With knowledge and skills needed to provide competent counseling in K-12 school settings, counseling services include direct counseling services, guidance counseling services,targeted services, and specific programming.

SHPA uses SEARCH techniques to help our students develop positive relationships. Founded in Minnesota, the Search Institute studies and works to strengthen those important developmental relationships and organic assets that help young people acquire the psychological and social skills essential for success in education and in life. The beginning of this skill development is found in their relationships with parents, family members, friends, peers, with staff members in their schools and programs, and with caring adults in their neighborhoods and communities. We focus on nurturing the positive qualities that influence adolescent development and helping them to become caring, responsible, and productive adults who are resilient.

The Middle School is a member of the Association of Middle Level Education, an organization that provides a range of resources to support the academic, social, and developmental growth of adolescents. Members of the Middle School have attended as well as presented at national AMLE conferences and have benefited very much from the evidence-based strategies offered by experts and fellow educators in the field.

Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) is a program that allows tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students of high academic standing to earn both high school and college academic credit while still in high school. Eligible students may enroll in college-level courses at eligible participating postsecondary institutions.
There is no charge to PSEO students for tuition, books or fees for items that are required to participate in a course. Funds are also available to help pay transportation expenses for qualifying students to participate in PSEO courses on college campuses. For current information about the PSEO program, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s Postsecondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) webpage.

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is Minnesota’s single best source of college access information; visit it online at http://www.ohe.state.mn.us.

The Center for School Change provides additional resources on dual credit programs: http://centerforschoolchange.org/dual-credit/

 

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT EVENT

On Saturday November 5th, there will be an event at The Wilder Foundation focused on Dual credit programs, which allow students to earn college credit while still in high school. Event participants will learn more about these programs and help develop a plan to ensure more Minnesota students – especially low income and students of color – can participate.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Middle and high school students, parents and grandparents who want to learn more about the benefits of dual credit.
  • Educators who want to learn more and think about how to increase participation.
  • Community leaders who want the information and tools to help get the word out.
  • Advocates who want to discuss how recent policy changes will impact the future of dual credit.

Register online at http://bit.ly/DualCreditMN.

The MN Association of Charter Schools is a co-sponsor of the Event.