Just for G.I.R.L.S. (7th grade)
Based on the book, Girls In Real Life Situations, this group focuses on enhancing group members’ social and emotional development in multiple areas through real-life examples. Activities and discussions cover image and self-esteem development, making smart choices, improving communication skills, controlling emotions, building relationships, managing stress, and how to reach out for help. This group will continue all year.
Just for Boys (7th grade)
This group gives the boys a chance to break the Boy Code! This group will help its members participate in activities and discussions about their experiences inside and outside of school and will provide them with techniques for approaching everyday struggles and successes. Specific topics will be based on the needs and interests of the specific group members. This group will continue all year.
“Just Do It!” – Building Motivation (8th grade)
This group focuses on setting personal and academic goals for performance and involves activities to help students’ increase their motivation to achieve those goals. The members of the group also receive ongoing support to help them maintain focus and actively work toward increasing motivation in other areas.
SMS Counseling GroupsCounseling groups are offered twice a year by Dr. Sroczynski and are based on the needs expressed by teachers, students, and/ or parents. Most groups meet once a week for approximately 10 - 12 weeks, and students are responsible for making up any missed work. Dr. Sro and the teachers meet regularly to discuss students' progress, and if they are benefiting from group involvement.
Group membership is based on student requests, parental consent, and teacher recommendations.
Fall Groups are finishing up, but Spring groups will soon be here! Students will be selected for groups based on their interest, teacher recommendations, and parent requests. Please see the Fall Group descriptions below for a sampling of what types of previous groups there have been.
Keeping It Together - Organizational Skills (6th & 7th grades)
This group helps students’ identify what their unique organizational needs are and set a goal for themselves related to their need. Group members will learn new strategies to help them reach their goal, make a self-improvement plan, and take part in other activities and games to strengthen their memory and organization.
Family Changes (6th, 7th, & 8th grades)
Many of our students have experienced a major change within their families after the loss of a family member, an especially upsetting event, a divorce or separation, or even a reunification with an absent parent. Whether recent or long-term, these experiences can have lasting effects on a student’s ability to handle academic and social challenges. This group allows students to share their experiences and feelings, helps them learn coping strategies, and provides them with additional peer and adult support. This group will continue through January 2018.