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Peer-2-Peer for 6th Graders

Peer-2-Peer is an after school program where 6th graders can get academic and/or organizational support from 8th graders.  The program will begin in November and run every Tuesday in the media center from 3:05 - 4:00.  Information about the program for interested 8th graders who want to serve as peer helpers will be available in early October.  Registration forms for interested 6th graders will be available nearing the end of October.  Listservs will be sent out with more detailed information soon.  

Career Education for 7th and 8th Graders

Counselors will meet with all 7th and 8th grade students in January and February to work on each students Educational Development Plan (EDP). The students will use their personal account using The 7th graders will focus on connecting personal interests to career choices. The 8th graders will connect career choices to college programs of study.


Eighth grade students will take the PSAT 8/9 test two times during the school year:  Wednesday, October 11 and Wednesday, March 28.  There are no make-up dates for the PSAT.
Students in all grades 6-8 will have the opportunity to participate in the state M-STEP testing in the Spring, 2018.  The testing window begins on April 9 and ends May 25.  More detailed information will be available this winter.
Teaching Students How to Manage Homework
To be a successful middle school student, it is important that students learn and utilize organizational and time management strategies to complete homework.  Learning such skills requires practice, and we encourage students to develop a nightly homework routine.  We are providing students three handouts that may help them manage homework more efficiently:
Class and Teacher Contacts:    This sheet can also be found near the front of the student planner.  This is a tool to track what resources teachers are using to support students.
Evening Homework Schedule:  This sheet can help students create a nightly plan of what homework they will complete.  Students should remember to include any extra-curricular activities, eating dinner, and bedtime!
Weekly Schedule:  This sheet provides students the opportunity to look at the entire week's schedule and plan homework time accordingly.

Meads Mill Counselors

Kristy Bilbie-Bekius, MA, LPC, NCC
Middle School Counselor
Meads Mill Middle School
Jack Wickens, JD
Middle School Counselor
Meads Mill Middle School