8th Grade Counseling

Welcome to 8th Grade!!!

​Welcome to 8th grade at Alton C. Crews Middle School!  I am Tara Tanner, the 8th grade counselor. This is my first year at Alton C. Crews Middle School and my seventh year as a professional school counselor. I am a product of Gwinnett County Public Schools. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia State University. I earned my Master of Education and Education Specialist in School Counseling at the University of West Georgia. 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.
Tara L. Tanner

Peer Leadership Program

​Peer Leaders meet  daily during connections. These student leaders assist in classrooms with one-on-one tutoring, small group instruction and peer mentoring. They are assigned to help teachers and office staff. Peer Leaders also assist with 5th grade tours and parent open house. 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.

​​Important Info for Parents of 8th Graders:

​Core Curriculum Lesson Schedule

How to Succeed in 8th Grade: counselor introduction, sexual harassment, cyberbullying, attendance protocol              
Career Exploration: GCIS and Move on When Ready 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. 

​Transition to High School

​Preparing your 8th grader for High School
Eighth grade is a fun year that allows you and your child to begin planning for high school. You may want to start to consider the following:
What are my child’s interests?
What is my child good at doing?
What colleges offer programs that are in alignment with those interests?
​What life skills do we need to sharpen (i.e. making introductions, financial awareness, etc.)
8th grade is a wonderful year. Try to use this time to explore your child’s likes and dislikes. Volunteering and helping in the community are great ways to build connections and learn new lifelong skills. Please check back in the Spring for more detailed information on the 8th grade transition to high school.