ADVISORY NEWS, Ms. Krawetz -- Room 210

Sept. 12, 2016

Welcome back to a new school year! I am very excited to be your Advisory teacher this year. In this role, I will be your "go to" teacher should you have any questions about any aspect of middle school. If I can’t answer your question, I will direct you to the right person. During the year, I will send out regular e-mail blasts to advisory families about upcoming events to keep you posted on what is going on in school.

I assigned lockers to my Advisory students located directly outside my room and in the main hallway nearby. We designed colorful nametags for our lockers the first week of school so you can gain easy access to your materials during the school day. This year students need to keep phones in their lockers, please bring a lock from home so you can keep it safe during schools hours.

Middle School Fall Conferences will be held with Advisory teachers on Thurs. Oct 13 and Tues. Oct. 18, from 4-8 pm, and on Wed. Oct. 19, from 8 am-4 pm. A Sign-Up Genius link will be emailed to you soon for you to select your preferred date and timeslot

In my Advisory this year, the students will track their academic effort and progress in all of their classes in an Aspirations Journal. The main goal of keeping these journals is for the students to learn to take a more proactive role in their education and to push themselves in areas that are more academically challenging. In their Aspiration Journals the students will:

  1. Rate their weekly effort and progress on a scale of 1-4 in all of their classes.
  2. Set quarterly academic goals that will be reviewed in class and at conferences.
  3. Journal 2x a week on topics such as: "What are the qualities of an exemplary student." or...  "What type of a learner am I?"
  4. Take a Multiple Intelligence inventory to discover more about their individual learning style. The theory of Multiple Intelligence (developed by Harvard University Professor of Education, Howard Gardner) highlights nine intelligence areas related to an individual’s aptitude and natural capabilities. In Advisory, the students will explore this theory of Multiple Intelligence and ways this pertains directly to the various subject areas and learning activities in school.

When you come to school for Fall Conferences, we will use the Aspiration Journals as a tool to have a meaningful conversation about the correlation between students’ effort and progress in Middle School.

I look forward to being your advisory teacher this academic year. If you have any questions, email is always the best  way to reach me!

Debra Krawetz,
Seventh Grade Advisory Teacher