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Middle School Program

Welcome to Connelly Middle School of the Holy Child!

CMS is the cornerstone of Cornelia Connelly Center, serving grades four through eight. We take girls previously struggling in their public school and bring them to grade-level, or higher, throughout their five years in our school.
 
In the following pages you will read about all the unique components that make our middle school so effective, and see the pure joy that our students exude every day.
 
I hope you are as inspired as I am each day.
 
Sincerely,
 
Shalonda Neeley Gutierrez
Principal
Lower School Curriculum
A Holy Child education develops and celebrates the whole student. Our curriculum is committed to the academic, artistic, physical and spiritual needs of our students, Our Lower School curriculum is dedicated to accelerating students to grade level and above, preparing them for academic success.

4th Grade Curriculum

4th grade Curriculum summaries 2018-2019

Reading

While we incorporate reading into each of the 4th Grade subjects, we also have specified times for guided and independent reading. During these times the students practice their literacy skills at their specific reading level. We use an online database to assess student comprehension after each independent reading book.

Interactive read-alouds take place on a daily basis. We use various texts to discuss important themes including friendship, kindness, gratitude, self-love, community, global citizenship, family, and many more.

Writing

Students improve writing skills through a workshop model. This allows students and teachers to conference one-on-one and in small groups. 4th graders write various pieces including opinion, information and narrative. Through this instructional model, students grow their love of writing and become independent writers.

Humanities

Humanities is a class that incorporates social studies and science with NY State reading and writing standards. Humanities lessons are planned to give students the opportunity to practice their reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar skills. We learn about the early inhabitants of the New York region and how they built community, independent roles during colonial times, the American Revolution, and the importance of voting. All year, we focus on building knowledge about the geography of the world we live in.

Math

Our 4th Grade math program, Go Math!, is aligned to the Common Core standards. Topics covered include place value, multiplying and dividing numbers, operations with fractions and decimals, and geometric figures and angles. Our math class focuses on using math to solve real world problems and working collaboratively to find solutions to challenges. Through small group center work and teacher time, students practice and strengthen foundational skills and improve fluency.

Science

The Lower School Science program follows the Amplify Science curriculum. Our science classes blend hands-on investigations, literacy-rich activities, and interactive digital tools to empower students to think, read, write, and argue like real scientists and engineers. Our 4th and 5th graders explore units in physical science, life science, and Earth science. Each unit of Amplify Science engages students in a relevant, real-world problem where they investigate scientific phenomena, engage in collaboration and discussion, and develop models or explanations in order to arrive at solutions. In each unit, students take on the role of a scientist or engineer to investigate a real-world problem. These problems provide relevant contexts through which students investigate phenomena.

Religion

Religion meets two times per week for 45 minutes. The 4th grade curriculum focuses answering “Big Questions” of religion. We will discuss who God is, who Jesus is, what prayer is, and what the church is.

Yoga

Grades 4 and 5 have a 45 minute yoga class once a week. During this yoga practice, students exercise both body and mind. Various breathing techniques help achieve calm and focus; seated, standing and inverted postures help them gain strength, flexibility and balance and group exercises encourage respect, teamwork and patience.

Dance

4th grade-Students will be learning simple basic dance movements from different dance styles. In addition, they will learn the names of the muscles in their bodies. Looking ahead, students will learn how to compose their own choreographies. Lastly, we will have a show at the end of the year, showcasing a compilation of everything they have learned.

Enrichment

In the spirit of Cornelia Connelly, the 4th grade enrichment program this year will ask students to consider the relationship between divinity and creativity. This course will encompass an interactive learning process--a year-long live communication gymnasium--in which students will discover their unique voices by learning more about creative writing, especially poetry, as well as the exciting world of performance arts. As a class, we will work together to gain awareness and explore our expressive selves. The year will culminate in a performance of original creative works, both individual and collaborative.

HC Identity

Advisory class meets once a week for 45 minutes with the Assistant Principal, Ms. Sachs.  During this period, the class works on issues related to the student’s academic progress and personal progress (character, behavior, etc.). Specifically, the 4th grade will focus on the student’s transition to CMS.

Compass Learning

Compass Learning is our online learning platform used in math and reading used to support individual student growth. Each student has her own account that is aligned to the needs that she presented in her MAP testing sessions. This program allows your student to practice skills based on her specific needs.

Girl's Space

Girl’s space class is an interactive, dynamic, informative discussion on various topics. During Girl’s space class young adolescent girls are learning life skills and information that will prepare them beyond the classroom. Girl’s space is a safe circle where young girls can explore difficult topics through a guided discussion led by a licensed counselor.

The girls learn about transitions, puberty, ways to improve their hygiene, self-esteem, bullying and effective communication skills to develop lasting friendships. In the fourth grade, class focuses on self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships, and decision-making. Classes include a writing component, discussion, and project-based learning to review central topics.

Hence, the Girl’s space class introduces an array of topics that are relevant to each student. It provides a setting for students to develop their character and leadership skills. Each student learns concrete ways to manage difficult situations or conversations that might arise in the future. Students are empowered as they learn about themselves and ways to manage behavior and emotions to thrive in their school environment and the larger community.


 

5th Grade Curriculum

5th grade Curriculum summaries 2018-2019

Humanities

In 5th grade, students will grow to be citizens of the world. Students will challenge what they think they know, they will connect what they are learning to the current events of their modern world, and they will take action steps toward realizing their own thoughts and opinions. Students will read four full-length novels in addition to several shorter informational texts and fictional short stories. In the process of reading and writing in response to our class texts, we will work toward fulfilling the 5th grade common core standards in English Language Arts in the areas of: craft & structure, key ideas and details, integration of knowledge and ideas, and level of text complexity.

 

We will be looking at our history instruction through the lens of the National Standards for Social Studies, which focuses on ten themes: culture; time, continuity, and change; people, places, and environments; individual development and identity; individuals, groups, and institutions; power, authority, and governance; production, distribution, and consumption; science, technology, and society; global connections; and civic ideals and practices. Each of our history units will incorporate, in one way or another, all ten themes for social studies, giving students a wide view of the world, which in turn will increase their ability to recognize human patterns and understand human interactions.

 

Class novels:

Bull Run by Paul Fleischman

Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden

Sylvia and Aki by Winifred Conkling

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia

 

History Time Periods:

Civil War and Restoration

World War II and the Holocaust

Civil Rights Movement

Math In line with our goal to create citizens of the world, fifth graders will expand their math skills to include decimals, geometry, and measurements, and they will look at how these skills can be applied in the real world through math explorations. We use the GoMath Curriculum for 5th Grade. This curriculum is aligned with the common core standards, in which students will: develop fluency in adding and subtracting fractions and expand their knowledge of multiplying and dividing fractions; practice their division skills and be introduced to two digit divisors; begin to understand the relationship between decimals, fractions, and division; and explore the concept of volume and three-dimensional space.

Science

The Lower School Science program follows the Amplify Science curriculum. Our science classes blend hands-on investigations, literacy-rich activities, and interactive digital tools to empower students to think, read, write, and argue like real scientists and engineers. Our 4th and 5th graders explore units in physical science, life science, and Earth science. Each unit of Amplify Science engages students in a relevant, real-world problem where they investigate scientific phenomena, engage in collaboration and discussion, and develop models or explanations in order to arrive at solutions. In each unit, students take on the role of a scientist or engineer to investigate a real-world problem. These problems provide relevant contexts through which students investigate phenomena.

Religion

5th Grade Religion is centered on the scriptures of the Old Testament.  From the stories of Genesis and Exodus, students focus on God’s relationship with his chosen people as they explore the faith history of Israel. Students examine their own response to God as they learn of the exploits and foibles of the Old Testament heroes and heroines  In preparation for the Christmas Pageant, 5th graders are immersed in the New Testament infancy narratives as they prepare to present the Christmas story to the school community in December.

Yoga

Yoga is a fun way to help children achieve a calm and balanced mind and body, through age appropriate yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. The postures and stretches help promote balance, flexibility, strength and coordination. Breathing techniques bring about focus, body awareness and relaxation. Children will also learn which poses help alleviate symptoms of common ailments and are always encouraged to share what they have learned with their families. The yoga class will incorporate lessons in self-acceptance, interpersonal skills and creativity in a non-competitive environment and will help lead children onto the path toward a healthy, peaceful and fulfilling life.

Dance

5th grade - Being  in their 2nd year of dance, students will start to learn a little bit about dance history (i.e: different styles of modern dance) They will understand the importance of stretching and warming up as well as the meaning of improvisation and different dance styles. At the end of the year there will be a showcase, where students will perform the talents they have acquired in dance.

Enrichment

In the spirit of Cornelia Connelly, the 4th/5th grade enrichment program this year will ask students to consider the relationship between divinity and creativity. This course will encompass an interactive learning process--a year-long live communication gymnasium--in which students will discover their unique voices by learning more about creative writing, especially poetry, as well as the exciting world of performance arts. As a class, we will work together to gain awareness and explore our expressive selves. The year will culminate in a performance of original creative works, both individual and collaborative.

Holy Child Identity

Holy Child Identity is a weekly class for the 4th and 5th grade students taught by the Head of the School and the Assistant Head of School.  This class allows students to spend time exploring all the unique tenants of our school's identity - being independent, all-girls, Catholic, and part of the Holy Child Network of Schools.  This class incorporates enrichment opportunities and cross-grade collaboration. Ultimately, this time each week is designed to support students in acclimating and becoming their best selves as they begin their journey at CMS and prepare for their transition to the upper school.

Girl's Space

Girl’s space class is an interactive, dynamic, informative discussion on various topics. During Girl’s space class young adolescent girls are learning life skills and information that will prepare them beyond the classroom. Girl’s space is a safe circle where young girls can explore difficult topics through a guided discussion led by a licensed counselor.

The girls learn about transitions, puberty, peer pressure, ways to improve their hygiene, self-esteem, bullying and effective communiation skills to develop lasting friendships. In the fifth grade they continue to expand their knowledge on self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships, and decision-making. Classes include a writing component, discussion, and project-based learning to review central topics.

Hence, the Girl’s space class introduces an array of topics that are relevant to each student. It provides a setting for students to develop their character and leadership skills. Each student learns concrete ways to manage difficult situations or conversations that might arise in the future. Students are empowered as they learn about themselves and ways to manage behavior and emotions to thrive in their school environment and the larger community.

Upper School Curriculum
Our Upper School is focused on high school readiness, ensuring our students will be successful and competitive high school students and college applicants while maintaining a holistic program that emphasizes character growth.

7th Grade Curriculum

7th grade Curriculum summaries 2018-2019

Humanities

The ability to masterfully read and write are invaluable skills that open up endless doors of opportunity. In seventh grade humanities at CMS, we strive to grow in our ability to understand and communicate with others through verbal and written means. Over the course of the year, students will be exposed to the way historical and geographical details shape people. They will read Inside Out & Back Again, a novel written in poetry by a Vietnamese girl who seeks refuge from war in America. Later, they will dramatically read Pygmalion, a play about a poor woman seeking to fix her unintelligible accent in Victorian England. Students will also partake in NYU’s The Listening Project, in which they will learn to professionally interview someone in their lives. Over the course of several months, the students are then visited by international speakers through a partnership with Global Classroom. Students learn about women’s rights and issues in countries around the world, and then implement a service learning project to create change to a problem they see in their own community. The seventh grade wraps up the year by reading I Am Malala, the true story of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipient for her work on behalf of girls’ education. Throughout all of these units, students will focus on increasing the complexity and clarity of their written expression. In addition to daily homework, students are required to read independently for 30 minutes a night. All students will be expected to work hard and to celebrate the growth that they see as a result of that work. 

Math

Math Lab culture is founded on clarity, consistency, and routines. Expectations, both academic and behavioral, are communicated clearly and consistently. With clarity, consistency, and routines, there is room for relationship building and problem solving. Relationships in the Math Lab are defined by respect, empathy, and collaboration. With relationships at the forefront, problem solving is executed with zeal, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism. Problems are not easy. In the Math Lab we embrace the challenge a problem presents. We normalize solving hard problems by distinguishing between problems and exercises. When we solve problems, we value solutions, not answers. When we solve problems, we learn how to think. We know that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert. In the Math Lab we learn how to think, not only for math class, but for life.

 

7th grade math at CCC follows the Go Math! curriculum, which is aligned with the New York Common Core State Standards. Students meet for ninety minute blocks four times a week. Math class consists of a math talk, all-class instruction, group work, and an exit ticket.

 

Each module begins with an exploration, which is a problem solving activity completed in groups. Topics covered include the number system, ratios and proportional relationships, expressions, equations, inequalities, geometry, statistics, and probability. Students are assessed following each module. Student participation and group work is assessed with Class Dojo. Mathspace is an online program that is used to support individual student growth.

Science

Upper school science classes all take part in the newly renovated science lab which meets four times a week. In an effort to prepare for potential STEM careers, the science curriculum focuses primarily on hands-on inquiry based lessons and assessments. Students are encouraged to integrate technology during class as often as possible.
 
The seventh grade curriculum shifts focus into high school level science concepts such as cellular processes, genetics, and evolution.  The curriculum also includes the last unit where students explore the processes that change Earth’s surface until they study Earth Science in high school. Students are encouraged to find and elaborate on conceptual links among cell biology, heredity and genetics, human reproduction, and Earth processes as well as connections to mathematics, technology, and other sciences.   

 

Religion

Beginning with Genesis and God's presence through creation and other actions in the Old Testament, we explore the idea of sacrament as sign and symbol.  We discuss Jesus as the sacrament of God in the world, the Church as the sacrament of Christ and the seven sacraments of the Christian life. Distinguishing between sacraments and sacramentals, we study the liturgical celebration of the sacraments in contemporary Church life.

Upper School Arts Block

Drama

Theatre is a truly collaborative art form. In this class, we will provide a supportive environment for the students to work together as an Ensemble and develop the confidence to perform in front of an audience. Students will study basic principles of acting, such as improvisation, character development and making bold, fun choices on stage! We will also cover basic stage and rehearsal terms and learn about theatre etiquette and the audition process. Students perform their final production at the end of each trimester.

 

Visual Art

In 7th grade the students will spend the first half of their semester building upon the art skills they learned in 6th grade. The will work on developing their design skills and learning more advanced color theory. The second half of the semester the will conceptualize and work in teams to create the decorations for 8th grade graduation.

 

Dance

In 3 months students will learn how to choreograph their own sequences, the importance of improvisation, basic muscle anatomy, dance history, and the importance of expressing themselves through dance.

Girl's Space

Girl’s space class is an interactive, dynamic, informative discussion on various topics. During Girl’s space class young adolescent girls are learning life skills and information that will prepare them beyond the classroom. Girl’s space is a safe circle where young girls can explore difficult topics through a guided discussion led by a licensed counselor.

In the seventh grade, they learn about peer pressure, proper use of social media, safety concerns as they relate to romantic relationships (eg. consent and boundaries), gender and sexuality, conflict-resolution, empathy, decision-making, and coping skills. Classes include a writing component, discussion, and project-based learning to review central topics.

Hence, the Girl’s space class introduces an array of topics that are relevant to each student. It provides a setting for students to develop their character and leadership skills. Each student learns concrete ways to manage difficult situations or conversations that might arise in the future. Students are empowered as they learn about themselves and ways to manage behavior and emotions to thrive in their school environment and the larger community. Students are also made aware of various websites and services in the community that can serve as resources.

8th Grade Curriculum

8th grade Curriculum summaries 2018-2019

Humanities

The ability to masterfully read and write are invaluable skills that open up endless doors of opportunity. In eighth grade humanities at CMS, we strive to grow in our ability to understand and communicate with others through verbal and written means. Over the course of the year, students will be exposed to the way historical and geographical details shape people. They will read Inside Out & Back Again, a novel written in poetry by a Vietnamese girl who seeks refuge from war in America. Later, they will dramatically read A Raisin in the Sun, a play that studies what happens when dreams are deferred due to societal injustices. Students will also partake in NYU’s The Listening Project, in which they will learn to professionally interview someone in their lives. Over the course of several months, the students are then visited by international speakers through a partnership with Global Classroom. Students learn about women’s rights and issues in countries around the world, and then implement a service learning project to create change to a problem they see in their own community. The eighth grade wraps up the year by reading and listening to Hamilton, the hit Broadway musical about the founding of our nation. Throughout all of these units, students will focus on increasing the complexity and clarity of their written expression. In addition to daily homework, students are required to read independently for 30 minutes a night. All students will be expected to work hard and to celebrate the growth that they see as a result of that work.

Math

Math Lab culture is founded on clarity, consistency, and routines. Expectations, both academic and behavioral, are communicated clearly and consistently. With clarity, consistency, and routines, there is room for relationship building and problem solving. Relationships in the Math Lab are defined by respect, empathy, and collaboration. With relationships at the forefront, problem solving is executed with zeal, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism. Problems are not easy. In the Math Lab we embrace the challenge a problem presents. We normalize solving hard problems by distinguishing between problems and exercises. When we solve problems, we value solutions, not answers. When we solve problems, we learn how to think. We know that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert. In the Math Lab we learn how to think, not only for math class, but for life.

 

8th grade math at CCC follows the Go Math! curriculum, which is aligned with the New York Common Core State Standards. Students meet for ninety minute blocks four times a week. Math class consists of a math talk, all-class instruction, group work, and an exit ticket.

 

Each module begins with an exploration, which is a problem solving activity completed in groups. Topics covered include real numbers, exponents and scientific notation, proportional and nonproportional relationships, writing linear equations, functions, solving equations, and transformational and measurement geometry. Students are assessed following each module. Student participation and group work is assessed with Class Dojo. Mathspace is an online program that is used to support individual student growth.

Science

Upper school science classes all take part in the newly renovated science lab which meets four times a week. In an effort to prepare for potential STEM careers, the science curriculum focuses primarily on hands-on inquiry based lessons and assessments. Students are encouraged to integrate technology during class as often as possible.
 
In the eighth grade, students are asked to demonstrate science literacy. Students must be able to demonstrate an understanding of concepts by generating explanations, exhibiting creative problem solving and reasoning, and making informed decisions throughout the year. The curriculum is designed to help students strengthen their ability to explain, analyze, and interpret processes and phenomena using models and scientific inquiry.  Students are encouraged to find and elaborate on conceptual links among astronomy, chemistry, ecology, the human body, physics, and forensic science, as well as connections to mathematics, technology, and other sciences. To develop skills of analysis, inquiry, and critical thinking, students actively perform laboratory work on a regular basis at a minimum of once a week.

Religion

8th grade religion focuses on students deepening their understanding of our Catholic faith and putting faith into action.  Throughout the year, students will learn about women leaders of faith and integrity, both Biblical and non-Biblical. By the end of 8th grade, students will be able to articulate the type of leader they will be in high school and beyond as informed by our faith, values and the example of others studied.

Yoga

Drama

Theatre is a truly collaborative art form. In this class, we will provide a supportive environment for the students to work together as an Ensemble and develop the confidence to perform in front of an audience. Students will study basic principles of acting, such as improvisation, character development and making bold, fun choices on stage! We will also cover basic stage and rehearsal terms and learn about theatre etiquette and the audition process. Students perform their final production at the end of each trimester.

 

Visual Art

In 8thgrade students will work on creating dynamic drawings and paintings that are made over several sessions built on their own ideas and research around a project. Students will work in greater detail building upon the skills they have learned in Art in 6th and 7th grade.

 

Dance

In 3 months students will learn how to choreograph their own sequences, the importance of improvisation, basic muscle anatomy, dance history, and the importance of expressing themselves through dance.

Girl's Space

Girl’s space class is an interactive, dynamic, informative discussion on various topics. During Girl’s space class young adolescent girls are learning life skills and information that will prepare them beyond the classroom. Girl’s space is a safe circle where young girls can explore difficult topics through a guided discussion led by a licensed counselor.

In the eighth grade, students discuss their roles as leaders, women’s role in society, decision-making, the impact of drugs and alcohol, sex education, women’s health and bodies, and goals for high school and the future.  Classes include a writing component, discussion, and project-based learning to review central topics.

Hence, the Girl’s space class introduces an array of topics that are relevant to each student. It provides a setting for students to develop their character and leadership skills. Each student learns concrete ways to manage difficult situations or conversations that might arise in the future. Students are empowered as they learn about themselves and ways to manage behavior and emotions to thrive in their school environment and the larger community. Students are also made aware of various websites and services in the community that can serve as resources.

6th Grade Curriculum

6th grade Curriculum summaries 2018-2019

Humanities

Our 6th grade Humanities curriculum incorporates reading, writing, and history. Students meet for 90 minute blocks in the afternoon four times a week. Long humanities blocks allow students to read, write, and work independently or collaboratively for extended time without interruption.  Our curriculum is aligned with the Common Core and the Teachers College Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing curriculum. We highlight a number of standards including citing text-based evidence to support inferences, reading grade level informational and fictional texts, using well-organized and grammatically correct writing to create essays, using technology to publish writing, articulating ideas clearly in class discussions, and developing geographical knowledge. Students will master these Common Core Standards over the course of five main units by making text to text and text to world connections. Units are framed around the following:

  1. Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
  2. Chains by Laurie Halse-Anderson
  3. Short Story Studies (Including works from: Julia Alvarez, Edgar Allen Poe, Ray Bradbury, Shirley Jackson, W. W. Jacobs, and Langston Hughes)
  4. Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
  5. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Each novel will be taught in the context of the current events of each region exposing students to the social injustices of the time. We will also be using platforms such as Accelerated Reader and MAP to differentiate learning as a way to further support individual student growth.

Math

Go Math!, is a middle school curriculum aligned with the Common Core Standards. Students meet for 90 minute blocks in the morning five times a week. Math class consists of a math talk or a do now, all-class or small-group instruction, partner practice or group work, and independent work. Explorations take place at the start of each module and are structured to support the learning and practicing of a variety of problem solving strategies. Topics we will be covering include decimals, fractions, rational numbers, ratios and rates, percents, inequalities, area, volume and data distribution. Students will be assessed following each module and we will be using Mathspace and Khan Academy Mappers to support individual student growth. Real World Learning projects built into the curriculum, such as Business Town, allow students to take ownership of their learning as they connect in an authentic way to the world around them.

Science

Upper school science classes all take part in the newly renovated science lab which meets four times a week. In an effort to prepare for potential STEM careers, the science curriculum focuses primarily on hands-on inquiry based lessons and assessments. Students are encouraged to integrate technology during class as often as possible.

The main focus of sixth grade science is to continue to develop critical thinking skills that allow our students to explain, accurately and with the appropriate depth, the most important ideas about our physical setting and our living environment.  Students study differences among living things, explaining the relationships between macro and micro systems, and analyzing how matter interacts with energy in order to change.  The sixth grade curriculum also introduces concepts for further exploration in the seventh and eighth grade years such as chemistry, astronomy, and physics.

 

Religion

The year focuses on the person of Jesus through the lens of the New Testament.  Students learn how to use a Bible along with the place of scripture in the liturgy and tradition of the Church. We explore the origins of the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and follow Jesus in them in his ministry to heal, forgive and proclaim the Kingdom of God as Son of God and Son of Man.  We close the year looking at the role of the Epistles and how they are tools for the ongoing formation of the Church.

Upper School Arts Block

Drama

Theatre is a truly collaborative art form. In this class, we will provide a supportive environment for the students to work together as an Ensemble and develop the confidence to perform in front of an audience. Students will study basic principles of acting, such as improvisation, character development and making bold, fun choices on stage! We will also cover basic stage and rehearsal terms and learn about theatre etiquette and the audition process. Students perform their final production at the end of each trimester.

 

Visual Art

In 6th grade’s semester of art the will learn visual fundamentals in drawing, collage, ink and painting. They will work on a number of projects learning the basics of shading, color theory and drawing from observation as well as their imagination.

 

Dance

In 3 months students will learn how to choreograph their own sequences, the importance of improvisation, basic muscle anatomy, dance history, and the importance of expressing themselves through dance.

Girl's Space

Girl’s space class is an interactive, dynamic, informative discussion on various topics. During Girls space class young adolescent girls are learning life skills and information that will prepare them beyond the classroom. Girl’s space is a safe circle where young girls can explore difficult topics through a guided discussion led by a licensed counselor.

 

In the 6th grade, they learn about body image, women’s health and bodies, proper use of social media, conflict-resolution, empathy, decision-making, and coping skills. Classes include a writing component, discussion, and project-based learning to review central topics.

 

Hence, the Girl’s space class introduces an array of topics that are relevant to each student. It provides a setting for students to develop their character and leadership skills. Each student learns concrete ways to manage difficult situations or conversations that might arise in the future. Students are empowered as they learn about themselves and ways to manage behavior and emotions to thrive in their school environment and the larger community. Students are also made aware of various websites and services in the community that can serve as resources.