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GW School Counseling Dept.
Instructor: GW GUIDANCE   
 

 

  • seeks to attain educational excellence through individual excellence
  • includes parent/guardian/teacher/community
  • includes the needs of all students at all levels
  • is consistent with the expected developmental stages of learning
  • provides developmental, as well as preventive and remedial programs and services
  • involves the entire school community
  • includes counselors continued professional development and participation in professional activities
The GWMS School Counseling Department is dedicated to a proactive approach to support and enrich social and emotional learning.  The counselors implement character education through a holistic approach that integrates character development into every aspect of school.

The counselors continue to focus on the six pillars of character selected by the student body in the beginning of the school year.  The pillars of character are honesty, pride, respect, acceptance, integrity and responsibility. The counselors utilize every opportunity to engage the students in thinking about character and values and reflect on the moral implications of what they see around them and what they do personally.

  Winter Update
“Career Readiness Target Months”
The George Washington Middle School’s School Counseling (Guidance) Department is pleased to announce that the winter months will be designated as “Career Readiness Target” months. The students will be starting an exciting time exploring career opportunities and the relationship between schoolwork and future careers. New Jersey as one of the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) states, has committed to building a K-12 assessment system that builds a pathway to college and career readiness for all students. To that goal, the career readiness activities are geared to ensure each child knows what it takes to be prepared for the workforce of the 21st century.
The specific goal for the 6th grade career lesson is to link personal interests to career clusters through the use of the COIN Jr. Program.  Students will utilize an electronic media folder to explore occupation specialties; compare and contrast selected career choices, and explore job prospects, earnings, training and education needed, working conditions, and what workers do on the job. Upon completion of the exploration, the school counselors will guide the students through interpreting the results and will encourage dialogue to gain understanding between education, training, and career planning.
 
The specific goal for the 7th grade career lesson is to gain knowledge of the relationship of education and skills to job requirements and career opportunities. The counselors will facilitate this goal by having the students log on to a computer media file program to explore a Multiple Intelligences Self-Assessment and learning style activity.  The counselors will facilitate moving through the learning styles and correlate how these styles impact interests and future career choices. The students will then explore career and occupation clusters in the arts and humanities, business and informational systems, engineering and technologies, health services, natural and agricultural sciences, and human and public services.  Upon completion of the exploration, the students will have resources that can be revisited at their leisure.
 
The counselors will specifically integrate the New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJCAN) Program and the online Occupational Outlook Handbook to assist the 8th graders in career exploration and high school planning.
  The following goals will be achieved through the use of this interactive program:
  1. Students will identify their areas of interest.
  2. Students will be introduced to the concept of career clusters.
  3. Students will expand their awareness of career clusters and that many occupations require various levels of education and training.
  4. Students will learn about the variety of options available to them for seeking education and training beyond high school.
  5. Students will be informed as to the connections between high school subjects, post secondary study, and jobs.
  6. Students will develop a projected high school plan based on the insight and knowledge they have gained.
 
The activities are designed to get the students thinking about careers and to realize there is a lot to learn.  The students will become aware that planning for the future can never begin too early.
 
 
 
 

 
 
Announcements
Helplines/Hotlines
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Contacts
+ Grade 6 School Counselor, Jackie Molina
+ Grade 7 School Counselor, Donna Santangelo
+ Grade 8 School Counselor, Denise Schlachter
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George Washington Middle School • 68 Lenox Road, Wayne, NJ 07470 • Phone: 973-633-3140

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