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									  TRANSITIONING STUDENTS
   FROM MIDDLE TO HIGH
          SCHOOL



VIRGINIA SCHOOL COUNSELORS ASSOCIATION
              March 14, 2003



             Presented by
    NEWPORT NEWS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
         GUIDANCE SERVICES
    TRANSITIONING
             MOVING FROM . . .

                                  HIGH
                                 SCHOOL
                  MIDDLE
                  SCHOOL
ELEMENTARY
 SCHOOL
    AGENDA

The Need for Transitioning


NNPS Family Meeting Plan


Family Meeting Plan Details


 Summary and Questions
     Transitioning Issues
• Academic
  – Courses become more challenging
  – Non-academic pursuits take
    precedence
• Social
  – Peer group becomes more important
  – Family involvement changes
• Emotional
  – Developing individuality
  – Coping with changes
         PARENTS ASK . . .
• What are electives?
• What extracurricular activities are available?
• How can my child take honors courses?
• What is a GPA?
• What is block scheduling?
• How do Standards of Learning tests affect my
  child?
        Family Meetings
• STEPPING INTO THE FUTURE
 (5th to 6th grade)

• PAVING THE WAY
 (6th to 7th & 7th to 8th grade)

• HIGH SCHOOL:
  PATHWAY TO THE FUTURE
 (8th to 9th grade)
  GUIDING QUESTIONS
• What are the expected outcomes?
• What content is appropriate for each level?
• What is the format of each meeting?
• How can we promote a high level of
  participation ?
• Where should the meetings be conducted?
      FAMILY MEETING
        OBJECTIVES
• Provide families with information
  concerning middle and high school
• Provide families with an understanding of
  options after high school
• Provide families with information regarding
  programs of study and graduation
  requirements
• Promote family involvement and awareness
      THE PROCESS
• Counselor committees were formed to
  design the workshops.
           THE PROCESS
• Counselors were selected as site
  coordinators and presenters.
     THE PROCESS
• Information concerning the workshops
  was disseminated via fliers, phone
  calling system, newspaper ads, and
  school public address systems.
     THE PROCESS
Counselors were given a “Family
Meeting In A Box.”

PowerPoint presentations were
developed, distributed to counselors,
and placed on guidance website.

Counselors announced the workshops
during classroom guidance sessions.
     Family Meeting Hints

1.   Limit the family meetings to 1½
     hours (45 minute general session, 15
     minute refreshment period, and 30
     minute break-out session.)
2. Provide family meetings during
   one week at several sites.
3. Involve counselors, teachers,
   students, and administrators.
4. Ensure that the meetings are well
   advertised.
5. Provide handouts, pens/pencils,
   evaluation forms.
6. Provide refreshments!
THE RESULTS
HIGH SCHOOL BREAK OUT SESSIONS

1. Informal Setting.
2. Program takes place in
   classroom or auditorium.
3. School administrators and guidance
   counselors facilitate.
4. Students participate.
5.   Breakout sessions provide an
     opportunity for parents and
     students to learn about
     individual high schools and ask
     questions.
6. Bring handouts from school.


7. Show school video.
8.   Talk about school policy and magnet
     programs.
9.   Answer general questions concerning
     the high school experience.
Summary and Questions




     Access PowerPoint from:
http://www.nnschools.org/guidance
     CONTACT INFORMATION

Vanessa Whitaker
Supervisor of Guidance and AVID
Newport News Public Schools
(757) 591-4924 vanessa.whitaker@nn.k12.va.us

Marianne Lamberton
College/Career Development Specialist
Newport News Public Schools
(757) 591-4618 marianne.lamberton@nn.k12.va.us

								
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