Classroom Guidance


All students in grades 6 - 8 participate in the DEVELOPMENTAL GUIDANCE PROGRAM. This program is preventative in its design and promotes growth in the Learning, Personal-Social and Career-Vocational areas. Classroom counseling curriculum topics include: self-understanding and self-esteem, goal-setting, peer pressure, friendship/relationships, safe social media use, decision-making, transition between elementary school and high school, ATODA prevention, and career exploration, aka ACP (academic and career planning). The curriculum is based on the American School Counselor Association Mindsets and Behaviors and the Wisconsin Developmental Guidance Model. A strong comprehensive developmental counseling program is key to student success.

Typically, classroom guidance occurs 4 - 6 times throughout the school year where the school counselor or guest speaker facilitates educational opportunities in the classroom via activities and discussions. There will also be field trips, assemblies, a 7th grade ACP unit in Business 7, projects and other opportunities to enhance each student's career, social/emotional and academic development.

Below are some examples of John Long Middle School's counseling curriculum.

Career Exploration/ACP

For their educational, social and career success in the 21st century, students will require effective work habits and the ability to make sound decisions, solve problems, plan effectively, work independently, communicate well, research, evaluate themselves realistically, and explore new educational and career opportunities. Students learn and develop skills at school that will help them become more independent, flexible and responsible individuals.

The Grafton School District utilizes Naviance, a computer-based platform, for academic and career planning that assists students as they begin to make connections between what they learn in school and the world of work. Our students will understand and value education, recognize the learning opportunities available to them, make choices from among those opportunities based on their values, and adapt to changing circumstances. Through learning activities that emphasize self-knowledge, managing time, completing tasks, setting goals, resolving conflicts, collaborating, and cooperating, students will learn self-discipline, personal and social responsibility, and respect and appreciation for others from diverse cultures which will ultimately lead to life and career success and satisfaction.

Goal Setting

Setting goals is a way for students to take ownership for their learning, motivate them and gives them a sense of control in decisions related to their academic, personal-social and career-vocational development. Students will learn about creating SMART goals, how to reach their goals, how to make necessary changes and evaluate their success.


Beginning in February, we begin to make plans to transition 5th graders to JLMS and to transition 8th graders to GHS. Several activities take place during this process such as scheduling for the next year's classes, visiting 5th graders at their school, offering school tours to incoming students, and providing parent informational meetings. Click here to view the Welcome Brochure for incoming 6th graders.

Character Building

We have been fortunate to be able to offer JLMS 7th grade students the opportunity to participate in the Courage Retreat during the past few years. The Courage Retreat is a one-day event that is focused on the character value, Courage. Students spend the day with adult leaders from Youth Frontiers who lead them through fun activities and reflections. Students are inspired to follow their hearts instead of the crowd and to use courage when making responsible decisions despite their fears. " We empower kids to be themselves and take positive risks that make a healthy difference for themselves, their peers and their school." Below are pictures and two videos of past Courage Retreats.