My name is Myra Would and I am the new 6th grade counselor at East Cobb Middle School. I look forward to getting to know you all very soon. This is my second year as a middle school counselor and I am very happy to be working with 6th grade this year. I am excited to help students with the transition from elementary to middle school. If you need me, please email Myra.Would@cobbk12.org or call 770-578-2740 extension 243.
Welcome back rising 9th graders (that’s you 8th graders). We’ve had a great start to the school year and I look forward to getting to know you and helping to prepare you for high school. We will continue checking out different careers in Career Cruising and, during the second half of the school year, I will be having you develop an “Individual Graduation Plan” (IGP) for high school.
In the meantime, some other things to look forward to are:
Sept.: The Magnet School Presentation
Oct.: The PSAT 8/9
Nov.: Giving Thanks
Dec.: Magnet applications due
Jan.: Your teachers begin making recommendations for your high school placement
Feb.: Wheeler high school seniors visit ECMS
March: ECMS 8th graders visit Wheeler
Rising 9th Grade Night at Wheeler
April: Georgia Milestones
May: 8th Grade Party
8th Grade Picnic
Graduation from middle school
My job is to help you academically, socially, emotionally, and with career exploration. Come see me!
Ms. Gonglach aka Ms. “G”
8th Grade School Counselor
Here is the link to the 8th grade Individual Graduation Plan:
- Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework.
Avoid having your child do homework with the television on or in places with other distractions, such as people coming and going.
- Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a dictionary, are available.
Ask your child if special materials will be needed for some projects and get them in advance.
- Help your child with time management.
Establish a set time each day for doing homework. Don’t let your child leave homework until just before bedtime. Think about using a weekend morning or afternoon for working on big projects, especially if the project involves getting together with classmates.
- Be positive about homework.
Tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.
- When your child does homework, you do homework.
Show your child that the skills they are learning are related to things you do as an adult. If your child is reading, you read too. If your child is doing math, balance your checkbook.
- When your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers.
Giving answers means your child will not learn the material. Too much help teaches your child that when the going gets rough, someone will do the work for him or her.
- When the teacher asks that you play a role in homework, do it.
Cooperate with the teacher. It shows your child that the school and home are a team. Follow the directions given by the teacher.
- If homework is meant to be done by your child alone, stay away.
Too much parent involvement can prevent homework from having some positive effects. Homework is a great way for kids to develop independent, lifelong learning skills.
- Stay informed.
Talk with your child’s teacher. Make sure you know the purpose of homework and what your child’s class rules are.
- Help your child figure out what is hard homework and what is easy homework.
Have your child do the hard work first. This will mean he will be most alert when facing the biggest challenges. Easy material will seem to go fast when fatigue begins to set in.
- Watch your child for signs of failure and frustration.
Let your child take a short break if she is having trouble keeping her mind on an assignment.
- Reward progress in homework.
If your child has been successful in homework completion and is working hard, celebrate that success with a special event (e.g., pizza, a walk, a trip to the park) to reinforce the positive effort.
U.S. Department of Education (2006). Homework tips for parents. Retrieved from: http://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/involve/homework/part_pg2.html#2
Welcome back for another exciting school year! Believe it or not, magnet school applications will open soon. The links below are important information and dates regarding magnet programs.
Magnet Information 2016-2017
If you have any questions, please see your school counselor.
Social media sites are like open flames. Your child must handle them very carefully or he will get burned.
Most kids aren’t mature enough to handle social media until they are at least 13 years old. This is why many sites require users to be at least 13 to open accounts. (Unfortunately, many kids get around this rule by using fake birth dates.)
If your child uses social media, ask him to answer three questions before posting anything online:
- Would I say it to someone’s face? If not, he shouldn’t post it.
- Would it be bullying if done in person? If it would, he shouldn’t post it.
- Would I be comfortable if my teacher saw it? How about someone who might want to hire him for a job? How about someone looking over his college application? Nothing online is private. Nothing ever disappears.
Learn about the social media sites your child uses and open accounts for yourself. That way you will be able to supervise and monitor what your child is posting online.
Can you believe it is almost time to apply for magnet schools? The link below is a detailed description of all Cobb County high school magnet programs.
High School Magnet Information
The Counseling Department is here to help all students become productive adults of tomorrow by assisting in the areas academic achievement, personal/social development, and career development. I am excited to work with the 7th grade students of East Cobb Middle School. This is my eighth year as a middle school counselor and I understand how this year will be both challenging and exciting at the same time. Helping you become the leader of tomorrow will be my goal.
The Bridge Law (http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/CTAE/Documents/BRIDGE-separate-card.pdf) requires all students to be provided counseling, advisement, career awareness, career interest inventories, and information to assist them in evaluating their academic skills and career interests. Cobb County School District uses Career Cruising (http://public.careercruising.com/us/en) to fulfill this requirement of the Bridge Bill. Feel free to explore the site and take the assessments.