Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Starting in the 6th grade, the RI Department of Education (RIDE) mandates that all students must participate in the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) program as a graduation requirement.  The ILP is a mapped academic plan and profile which reflects each student’s unique set of interests, skills, needs, learning goals and graduation requirements.  

Every student in grades 6 - 12 must have an ILP which is a goal setting program that progresses with them towards graduation.  Every student sets academic, personal/social and career/college readiness goals on a yearly basis.  As the middle school counselor, I conduct the career trainings for all the students in grades 6, 7 and 8.  

Recently, I completed the trainings in the three grades and to my surprise and delight, Mr. Anthony Buco, 6th grade math/science teacher, took the program one step further.  He instructed his students to conduct a survey by answering the following three questions:  

  1. Ask parents what career(s) they wanted to do when they were in the 6th grade;
  2. Ask parents what career(s) they are in now; and,
  3. What careers are the students interested in (after completing their ILP career assessments).  

The students did the research, provided mathematical data to substantiate their findings and presented their results to their classmates by using technology.

Both Mr. Buco and I were so impressed and amazed by the students’ results which consistently proved how their parents wanted to follow the more traditional roles when they were in the 6th grade such as teacher, police officer, lawyer, doctor, nurse, construction worker.  Contrarily, the majority of the 6th graders are favoring the STEM careers in science, technology, engineering and math which mirrors the national statistics.  Furthermore, their presentations were done with precision and lots of creativity!  I told the students I felt like I was in the IBM board room as their presentations were so well done!   

Mr. Buco was also pleased and proud of his students by commenting,

“The student math survey presentations on careers provided evidence to support the value of the ILP program.  The ILP career assessment opens the door for students to explore the vast choices of careers available.  Such knowledge encourages goal setting and begins the work in progress to achieve a rewarding career in a field they may never have thought of.”  

Thanks to the fruits of Mr. Buco’s creative vision and his students, here’s some great photos of our future workforce:  

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Anti-Bullying Assembly with BMX Award Winner

Many thanks to our presenter, Kevin Robinson, during Tuesday's, December 8th anti-bullying assembly for an "award winning" performance!!  Kevin captivated our 6, 7, 8 graders and faculty with his BMX athletic tricks; and, above all, his powerful anti-bullying message.  Everyone listened, learned, laughed, clapped and were left with Kevin's best TRICK of all:  

               R = RESPONSIBLE
     I  = INSPIRE 
              C = CONFIDENCE
         K = KINDNESS 

According to Kevin, if we practice this TRICK everyday, we will continue to keep our school responsible, respectable and safe against any and all bullying behaviors!!  We appreciate Kevin sharing his talents with us as he continues to make this world a better place ... 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Anti-Bullying Assembly with BMX Award Winner

As part of our EWG anti-bullying campaign, our presenter for this year's assembly is Kevin Robinson, who is an X Games Gold Medalist and World Height Record Holder.  Kevin's program is a blend of his BMX athletic ability along with his wisdom on topics such as anti-bullying prevention, character building and perseverance.  For more info on Kevin's program and testimonials, please check his website at   

This event is co-sponsored by the Safe and Drug Free School Committee and the Junior High Student Council.  

Thanks to the generous support of the senior high administration and physical education department, the assembly will take place in the senior high gym on: 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8th   9:19am - 10:19am

We want all our middle school students to receive the same, clear message on anti-bullying, so our 6th graders will participate and be bussed to and from the assembly.  Thanks also to Metcalf's administration and 6th grade faculty for supporting this effort.  

Hope you enjoy these short videos as information for our upcoming assembly on anti-bullying on December 8th!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Student Survey - Social Emotional Issues

This week all 7th and 8th grade students will be taking an online survey about the social emotional issues in the junior high.  Each student will rate each issue from lowest to highest.  This data will support our program planning.