8th Grade Counseling


Welcome to 8th grade at Alton C. Crews  Middle School!  I am Katonia Perdue, the 8th grade counselor This is my fourth 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.  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 life long skills like conflict resolution and decision making skills.    
As your counselor, my role is to support student achievement by providing counseling services that support student academically, socially and emotionally.  I also support students, parents, and teachers by assisting with academics, attendance and behavior concerns by assisting in SST (Student Support Team) meetings . Please contact me for any reason and I will let you know how I can assist you and your child. 
Ms. Katonia Perdue

Peer Leadership Program

Peerleaders meet  daily during connections. Peerleaders  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 to serve as a peerleader during their 8th grade year. 

​Important Info for Parents of 8th Graders:

​     Please be sure to sign up for the Parent Portal if you have not done so already. The Parent Portal offers parents secure online access to their child's grades, attendance, discipline record, and test history. To register for the portal, you must have an email address and complete a registration form available at the front office. Parents will need to return this form in person and bring valid identification in order for the school to verify your identity.

Classroom Guidance Schedule

​​August /September   -  How to Succeed in 8th Grade/ Sexual Harrassment/ Cyberbulling/Attendance  Protocol              
January/ February – Career Cruising/MOWR
February/ March – Academies Gwinnett/ Technical Schools Gwinnett/ GSMST/
March – Diversity Appreciation

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.

Promotion Criteria for 8th Grade

​To earn promotion to the 9th grade, students are required to pass five out of six subjects each semester. Language Arts and Mathematics must be two of the five 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 two semester-long classes.
In Georgia, 8th grade students also are required to achieve grade-level expectations on the Georgia Milestones End of Grade (EOG) Assessment in Reading and Mathematics. Students who do not achieve the grade-level expectations in these tested content areas will be required to retest after summer school.
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.
Note: 8th grade students may be required to meet additional state promotion requirements. The Georgia Department of Education will provide guidelines regarding state requirements for promotion to 9th grade later in the school year.

Transition to High School

Click here for a printable list of important Rising 9th Articulation dates.

Gwinnett Tech’s Science Works returns this month to bring learning to life, offering more interactive activities than ever before. Science Works allows curious learners of all ages the opportunity to learn how science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics are used every day to help us better understand, serve and improve the world around us. 
WHEN:  Thursday, March 30, 2017, 4 – 8 p.m. 
WHERE:  Gwinnett Technical College – Main Campus 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville GA 30043 
WHAT:  Middle school, high school and adult learners are invited to actively engage in dozens of interactive stations that offer unique insights into how science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) can be powerful launching pads for many exciting educational and career paths. Gwinnett Tech departments across all disciplines will open their doors and offer behind-the scenes, hands-on learning experiences that show case real-life application for each area of study. Activities will include mock surgeries, driving and logistics simulations, computer science game development, bioscience lab exploration, medical simulations with patient mannequins, ultrasound diagnostics, portrait painting with light, construction zones, 3D architectural design, virtual welding, firearms simulation, blood clot building, hydroponics, and more. Gwinnett Tech is pleased to offer this rare opportunity for the community to explore how STEAM learning paths can help them achieve their dreams. This is a great opportunity to learn more about high demand careers, earning potentials, and education levels required, as well as Gwinnett Tech’s student services, financial aid, Move on When Ready enrollment opportunities for students age 14 and up, and more.  WHAT:  6th-12th grade students seeking real-life application of academics College students wanting to explore various degree paths Adults looking to expand their education or re-engineer their careers STEAM career leaders from corporations across the region Gwinnett Tech educational leaders bringing science to life.
WHY:  Students Students are pondering career paths earlier and earlier in their studies and are being offered career pathway concentrations even at primary and secondary education levels. Adults are constantly evaluating their careers and how to build lives with passion and purpose. 
​The event is FREE to attend. Attendees are encouraged to register in advance at ScienceWorks.GwinnettTech.edu. The first 800 registrants to check in on March 30 will receive a free t-shirt and meal voucher.