• Sunset

    Course Description

    8th grade Middle School Seminar class is designed to help students become self-directed learners. We will focus on their thoughts, choices, behaviors, strengths, passions, and talents as applied to themselves and the world around them. Students will learn specific tools and habits that can create a path for personal success, not only in school, but also in life.

    This 6-week elective class will use a variety of assessment tools and will be structured around the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey.

    Course Expectations

    Students are expected to be actively involved in their education. We will be engaging in a variety of activities—self-assessments, discussions, reading, writing, listening, and projects.

    Grading Criteria

    This is a pass/ no pass graded course.

    Behavior Expectations

    Students are expected to be respectful, responsible, and safe. All policies stated in the Time Tracker will be observed. Electronic devices (cell phones, ipods, electronic readers, etc) are not allowed in class. Students will also be expected to conscientiously treat the classroom technology with EXTREME care and respect every time it is used.

    Consequences for minor classroom disruptions or violating school policies:

    • Verbal warning.
    • Behavior Response Sheet & Time Out Phone call to home.
    • Discipline referral to office.


    Daily attendance is important; the learning experiences a student misses in the classroom are often difficult to make up. If a student is absent, he or she can check the posted weekly calendar in Google Classroom or check with classmates to secure all handouts, assignments, journal prompts, and notes. I expect that students advocate for themselves and actively seek information that they have missed.


    There will be NO homework for this class. Check Google Classroom to stay current with weekly assignments and deadlines.