Innovative Transition Intervention.
School counselors from ten schools collaborate to meet their students needs as they transition to middle school.
At the end of January, rising 5thgrade students and families that will eventually matriculate to Campbell High School were invited to attend “Middle School Mindset,” a new event focused on addressing the social/emotional changes students will experience as they transition to middle school. Approximately 250 families attended the program delivered by the school counselors from the ten schools in the Campbell High School feeder pattern.
The school counselors from these ten schools met collaboratively and found that the majority of their interventions to guide students in the transition to middle school focused on the logistical and academic changes the students would be encountering in the upcoming year, but they were neglecting the social and emotional changes that also come with the transition. The team began the planning for this event over a year ago. They identified topics of need and created a presentation for the families and then a separate presentation for students.
Families were invited into the Theatre at Campbell Middle, while the students participated in sessions in classrooms. The student presentation was delivered by Peer Leaders from the Sources of Strength program at Campbell Middle and included interactive activities, such as opening a lock, a clothes relay to practice dressing out for Physical Education classes, creating an emergency contact card, and identifying how to solve conflicts given different scenarios. The team had food donated and purchased by the PTA. Every student received a sweet treat and hygiene kits were given away. Additionally, the International Welcome Center offered translation services for families that do not speak English. CCSD Board members Jaha Howard and Charisse Davis opened and closed the event.
The schools in the Campbell High School feeder pattern that participated in the event included Green Acres Elementary, Belmont Hills Elementary, Arygle Elementary, Nickajack Elementary, Teasley Elementary, Smyrna Elementary, King Springs Elementary, Campbell Middle, Griffin Middle, and Campbell High,
Alexandra Huguelet, School Counseling Consultant
Contributing Author: Nicole Weber, School Counselor, & Laquita Hardimon, School Counselor