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Middle School Guidance

 
To help middle school students reach their full potential, the guidance team aims to create an individualized academic and social/emotional growth plan for every student. The team meets with students and families over the course of the year to offer support as students navigate the school year. Through the guidance team, students also have the opportunity to take personality and strength assessments and interest inventories.  
Support for Students
Throughout the year, the guidance team also provides opportunities for students to receive small group or one-on-one counseling where they are given support in all aspects of their life, to better equip them to fulfill their God-given potential. All sessions are strictly confidential unless requested by the student or parent. Exceptions to confidentiality are threats to self or others and/or reports of abuse or neglect. In the instance that confidentiality has to be broken, the student is informed and supported appropriately.
 
Community Life is strong at HHCA and there are many opportunities for students to get connected within the HHCA family:
 
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA): Middle and Upper School students meet every Wednesday at 7:30 AM for Bible study and Chick-fil-A biscuits!  All MS and US students are welcome.
 
- Third Thursdays: 8th-grade girls are invited for a devotional time with Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Murphy, and Mrs. Eddy. Girls meet at 7:30 AM on the third Thursday of every month to enjoy donuts, coffee, conversation and prayer. 
 
- Middle School Prayer Warriors: Mr. Dale invites all middle schoolers to experience the power of praying together! Students gather for prayer every Thursday at 7:30 AM in the Middle School Commons.   
 
sixth grade

Sixth-grade students work closely with Ms. Murphy to explore Naviance and complete the Career Key, a 20-minute assessment that identifies careers and college majors to match their interests, traits, skills, and abilities based upon Holland’s Theory of Career Choice. Students also work with Ms. Murphy and their mentors to explore their learning styles and interests and develop an academic plan that fosters communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.


Parents and students are encouraged to take these steps towards personal growth and academic development: 

- Establish an academic system that works best for the student

- Check myHHCA weekly to be informed of grades/homework assignments

- Seek extracurricular opportunities on and off-campus

- Find a local/regional organization with which to volunteer (suggested: 3 hours)

- Explore summer enrichment opportunities 


Naviance

HHCA families have access to Naviance: an online college, career and life readiness platform that helps middle and high school students discover their strengths, explore college and career interests, create actionable goals and find their best-fit path after high school. 


Summer Enrichment Programs:

USC Summer Programs (middle and upper school)

SC Summer Education Programs (middle and upper school)

SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (middle and upper school)

Seventh Grade

HHCA seventh-grade students work closely with Ms. Murphy, Ms. Robinson and Mr. Curtis throughout the year in their Life Skills course, exploring their God-given wiring through personality and strength assessments and developing financial management skills through Junior Achievement, a program that fosters work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Through a variety of experiential learning opportunities, students are inspired to dream big and reach their full potential. 

 

Items to be thinking about:

- Exploring Naviance and adding clusters and careers to your list

- Exploring Road Trip Nation: Careers Tab-->Road Trip Nation, a tool that has compiled videos of national leaders in various fields of interest

- Finding an organization with which to serve (suggested: 6 hours)

- Search for summer enrichment programs (see below)


Naviance:

HHCA families have access to Naviance: an online college, career, and life readiness platform that helps middle and high school students discover their strengths, explore college and career interests, create actionable goals and find their best-fit path after high school. 


Summer Enrichment Programs:

USC Summer Programs (middle and upper school)

SC Summer Education Programs (middle and upper school)

SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (middle and upper school)

 

Service Hour Opportunities:

HHI Mayor's Youth Volunteer Service Award Program

The Mayor's Bluffton Youth Community Service Award Program

HHCA 8th Grade

HHCA 8th graders sharpen their leadership skills during Bible class with Mrs. Smith and Mr. Curtis and work closely with Ms. Murphy to examine the results of their Career Cluster Finder, Learning Styles Inventory, and Gallup Strengths Finder. These tools help students identify areas of interest, their learning style preferences on a categorical scale, and their top 3 strengths and career profiles associated with each one. During this important year, students and parents also work with the guidance team to create an academic plan for their high school career. 


Items to be thinking about:

- Assess academic systems in place that best support you

- Creating S.M.A.R.T. goals for the year

- Attending HHCA's “Making Upper School Count” event

- Finding an organization with which to serve (suggested: 9 hours)

- Search for enrichment programs

- Linking your PSAT scores to College Board and Khan Academy to begin individualized practice 


Naviance

HHCA families have access to Naviance: an online college, career and life readiness platform that helps middle and high school students discover their strengths, explore college and career interests, create actionable goals and find their best-fit path after high school. 


Summer Enrichment Programs:

USC Summer Programs (middle and upper school)

SC Summer Education Programs (middle and upper school)

SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (middle and upper school)

 

Service Hour Opportunities:

 HHI Mayor's Youth Volunteer Service Award Program

The Mayor's Bluffton Youth Community Service Award Program