7th Grade Counseling

Welcome!

​Welcome to 7th grade at Alton C. Crews  Middle School!  I am Katonia Perdue, the 7th grade counselor for students in Scott, Ridley, Pinkston, Dale, Thornton, and Bowen homerooms.  This is my third year at Alton C. Crews Middle School .  I attended Valdosta State University where I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Middle Childhood Education and University of West Georgia for my Master of Education in School Counseling.  This is my 25th year in education.  Prior to becoming a School counselor, I taught 7th and 8th grade science.  I enjoy working with the middle school age student and have been in Gwinnett County as a counselor since 1997.  I enjoy working with students and teaching them lifelong skills like conflict resolution and decision making skills.

Classroom Guidance Schedule

​August/ September – Introductions/ Harassment
October – Study Skills
November – Conflict resolution skills/ decision making skills
January – Goal Setting
February - Career Cruising
March– Diversity Appreciation

Peer Leadership Program

​Peer Leaders meet daily during connections. Peer leaders assist teachers and students in the classroom with one on one tutoring, small group instruction and peer mentoring.  They are assigned to help teachers and office staff.  Peerleaders also assist with 5th grade tours and parent open house.  Peerleaders are interviewed in the spring of their 7th grade year (usually in May) to serve as a peerleader during their 8th grade year.

7th Grade Counseling AKS

​*Academic Development
    1. Identify ways to improve study skills (including time management, goal setting, and organizational skills. 
    2. Identify ways to take tests and how to control test anxiety.
    3. Utilize assessment data to direct educational goals/plans.

*Career Development
    1. Identify benefits of a positive work environment and how work ethics contribute to such an environment (include characteristics and responsibilities associated with a strong work ethic and/or a drug free work place. 
    2. Acquire skills to explore career choices in relation to skills and interests; Identify skills and behaviors which will help one be successful in a chosen career. 

*Life Skills
    1. Demonstrate ways to control emotions and behaviors (including ways to appropriately express anger and frustrations). 
    2. Identify ways that verbal and nonverbal communication skills can help to solve problems and improve relationships while demonstrating ways to mediate peacefully and settle conflicts 
    3. Identify ways to be fair in how one treats others. 
    4. Identify ways to resist negative peer pressure and protect personal safety 
    5. Recognize the importance of being responsible for one’s actions.

7th Grade Promotion Criteria

​To earn promotion to the 8th grade, students are required to achieve grade-level expectations on the Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) Assessment in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. (The EOG is a Gateway test for promotion in Gwinnett.) 
Students who do not achieve grade-level expectations on each content-area assessment will be promoted if they have no grade lower than a C in that content area. A student who does not achieve grade-level expectations in a subject and who has a grade lower than a C in the tested area will have the opportunity to attend summer school for targeted instruction. After summer school, student progress will be evaluated to determine whether the student will be promoted to 8th grade. A student who does not attend summer school or does not meet all promotion requirements after summer school will receive extra support the next year through the transition program.
A Special Education student’s promotion is determined by his or her Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Promotion for an English Learner (EL) or a student with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) is guided by his or her English Learner Proficiency Plan.