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K-4 Guidance

School Counseling programs in MMUUSD support students in developing the 35 Mindsets and Behavior standards of the American School Counselor Association (see ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors). School Counselors teach these standards in guidance classes (K-4). 

Mindsets Standards

  • The Mindset Standards are the psycho-social attitudes or beliefs that students have about themselves in relation to academic work. These standards are not taught in stand-alone lessons, but rather are embedded in and integrated with lessons on the Behavior Standards. The Mindset Standards include:
  • Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being 
  • Self-confidence in ability to succeed 
  • Sense of belonging in the school environment 
  • Understanding that postsecondary education and life-long learning are necessary for long-term career success 
  • Belief in using abilities to their fullest to achieve high-quality results and outcomes 
  • Positive attitude toward work and learning

Behavior Standards 

The Behavior Standards are visible, outwards signs that a student is engaged and putting forth effort to learn. These standards are divided into three sub-categories: learning strategies, self-management skills, and social skills. 

Middle School Guidance

Grade 5 Guidance Units

Committee for Children's research based program for 5th graders called Second Step. There are two units.

The first unit focuses on Empathy Training;

  • Empathy Training
  • Communicating Feelings and Giving Support
  • Cause and Effect
  • Predicting Feelings
  • Fairness
  • Active Listening
  • Accepting Differences

The second unit focuses on Impulse Control;

  • Impulse Control and Problem Solving
  • Resisting the Impulse to Lie
  • Dealing with Peer Pressure
  • Dealing with Gossip
  • Resisting the Impulse to Cheat
  • Resisting the Impulse to Steal

Grade 6 Guidance Units

  • Effective Communication
  • Tolerance & Appreciating Similarities & Differences
  • Understanding Different Points of View
  • Finding Solutions
  • Peer Influences
  • Dealing with Anger
  • Stress Relief

Grade 7 Guidance Units

  • Healthy Communication
  • Making Positive, Healthy Decisions
  • How Friendships Grow, Change, and Develop
  • Positive and Negative Peer Pressure/How to be Assertive
  • Rumors, Gossip, and Jealousy
  • Labeling, Stereotyping, Prejudging
  • Trust, Rules, Reasons
  • Digital Literacy-- Digital Footprint - How do I want to present myself?, Cyberpeace and being an Upstander, Digital Safety
  • Thinking with your Heart - Empathy

Grade 8 Guidance Units

  • Healthy Communication
  • Positive Values - Who am I and What do I stand for?
  • Trust, Responsibility, and Respect
  • Setting and Reaching Goals
  • The Path of My Life - Looking Ahead
  • Healthy Romantic Relationships - “fitting in”, true friendships, “going out”, how to stay safe