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C.A. Gray Jr. High Guidance Department

CAGJHS Guidance and Counseling

* Personal/Social Development   * Career Awareness   * Academic Success

Vision: to address the three areas of personal/social development, career awareness, and academic success as a unitary concept, with equal emphasis in each domain. The goal of this department is to serve the needs and promote the success of ALL students by providing a safe, positive learning environment that promotes academic excellence and encourages personal growth that is necessary to become productive and lifelong learners.

 Craig Pitts, Academic Interventions/Graduation Specialist, 8th & 9th grade
Pamela Heidelberg, Department Head, 8th grade Guidance Counselor, Personal/Social
Cathy Nobles, 8th grade Guidance Counselor, Personal/Social 
Courtney Harden, 9th grade Guidance Counselor, Personal/Social 

A Snapshot of Our Goals:

* Increased Parent Involvement/Contact

* Increased Academic Success for All Students (Counseling, Parent Conferences, Credit Recovery/Repair, Guided Study)

* Decreased number of students age 16+ not completing 9th grade
 * Increased knowledge of Graduation Requirements, Pathway Options (students & parents)
 * Provide guidance to students on character development, stress management, bullying/cyber-bullying, goal setting, test taking/study skills, and other topics through: Assemblies, Classroom Guidance, "Teachers As Advisors" Advisory Program (aligned with Bridge Bill), Extensive Bullying Prevention Plan (school wide).
* Decrease any barriers (personal, social, medical, etc.) to learning that students may experience through individual counseling and consultation with parents and caregivers.

Scheduling Parent Conferences

Parent Conferences are scheduled for two Thursdays of each month and will be held in the cafeteria at 3:45 p.m. 
Call a guidance counselor to schedule your conference: 890-6189.

Call us with any questions or concerns!  We are here for you!

Advisory Lessons

Study Hall Guidelines.

Rules:

RESPECT:  Respect yourself, adults, classmates, and property at all times.  

NOISE LEVEL:  Because this is a study hall, the noise should be kept to a low volume.  If you are studying with another student, it still needs to remain quiet so that other students can focus on their work.  This is part of respecting others.

BE WORKING:  As it is a study hall, you should always be studying, completing assignments, etc.

 

You will always be working.

Study Hall is not a time to socialize.  At this time, you need to be in your seat and completing assignments, studying, or reading a book.  These are just a few examples.  This is not a break from your day, a time to nap, or goof around.


What do I do if I need help on my assignment, have a question, or need the teacher’s attention for any other reason?

Simply raise your hand.  If there are multiple students in the room that need assistance, I may ask you to move your items to the bean shaped table so I can help everyone.


Electronic Policy

Cell phones, music devices, and other devices are not allowed.

Attendance.

DRESS CODE 101.

8th Grade Registration

9th Grade Transcripts

Bullying Awareness

8th / 9th

Keeping the Peace

Kindness Counts!

Making the Georgia Connection

Packer Pathway Guide

Picking Your Battles!

Preparing for Summer!

Stress

Study Skills

Taking Responsibility

Test Anxiety

8th / 9th

Why Do I Need a High School Diploma?

Attendance Rules
ASK ABOUT THE NEW SCHOOL ATTENDANCE RULES.

3 TARDIES = 1 ABSENCE
4 TARDIES = SATURDAY DETENTION

12:00 O'CLOCK RULE
NO LONGER APPLIES
ABSENT EVERY PERIOD MISSED

10 UNEXCUSED ABSENCES
NO CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE
FOR DRIVER'S LICENSE