8th Grade Counseling

Welcome to 8th Grade!!!

​Welcome to 8th grade at Alton C. Crews Middle School!  My name is Aprell Hamilton Taylor and I am the 8th grade counselor. This is my first year at Alton C. Crews Middle School and my twelfth year as a professional school counselor. I earned a Bachelor of Art in Early Childhood Education from Clark Atlanta University, a Master of Science in School Counseling from University of Dayton and an Education Specialist in Professional Counseling and Supervision at the University of West Georgia. Eighth grade is an important transitional year and it is my hope that my previous experience as a 9th grade counselor will help make this transition a smooth one. I am excited to work with you and your child to have a successful school year.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Peer Leadership Program

Peer Leaders are recommended and interviewed to determine membership in the spring of their 7th grade year in order serve during their 8th grade year. Initially, Peer Leaders meet daily during connections with the Peer Leading Advisor. Once students are assigned to classroom teachers, they assist in classrooms with one-on-one tutoring, small group instruction, peer mentoring and other tasks assigned by the teacher. Peer Leaders also assist with 5th grade tours and parent open house. 

​​Important Info for Parents of 8th Graders:

​Core Curriculum Lesson Schedule

How to Succeed in 8th Grade: counselor introduction, sexual harassment, cyberbullying, attendance protocol  
High School Articulation: transition to high school            
Career Exploration: GCIS (Georgia Career Information System) and Dual Enrollment overview
​Explore Gwinnett: Overview of Gwinnett County Public Schools Academies, Technical Schools Gwinnett, and Gwinnett School of Math Science and Technology
Celebrating Bronco Diversity: diversity awareness and cultural festivities at Crews.

8th Grade Counseling AKS

Academic Development
   1. Understand how school success and academic achievement enhance future opportunities.
   2. Demonstrate study skills and habits that can be used in various educational settings.
   3. Identify school rules and student responsibilities and how they contribute to a positive educational environment.
   4. Apply learned strategies to successfully transition to high school.
Career Development
   1. Develop a tentative schedule for 9th grade taking into consideration academic strengths, academic majors, and career interests.
    2. Identify how their and talents relate to career choices.
   3. Identify skills and behaviors which will help one be successful in the world of work.
Life Skills
   1. Identify skills necessary for dealing with life changes.
   2. Identify ways to recognize and respond to bullying/harassment.

8th Grade Promotion Criteria

To earn promotion to the 9th grade, students are required to pass 5 out of 6 subjects each semester. Language Arts and Mathematics must be 2 of the 5 subjects passed.
Should a student not earn promotion to 9th grade, he or she may have the opportunity to attend summer school to learn the AKS curriculum not mastered during the school year. Students may attend summer school for no more than 2 semester-long classes.
In Georgia, 8th grade students also are required to achieve Grade-level or Above on the Reading and Vocabulary domain of the Language Arts Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) Assessment and achieve the performance level of Developing or higher on the Mathematics Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) Assessment. Students who do not meet either of these state promotion requirements may be required to retest after summer school.  

*A Special Education student’s promotion is determined by his or her Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
*Promotion for an English Learner (EL) or student with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) is guided by his or her English Learner Proficiency Plan.