• Social Support Traditional Gaming Group

    Posted by Shanelle Muse on 1/6/2020

     

    Overview: At Alfred S. Faust Intermediate School, we recognize that overal student achievement encompasses social development! Through traditional gaming, this group's members will have the opportunity to not only connect socially with their peers, but they will also be given the opportunity to explicitly learn and practice isolated social skills. 

    Standard(s) Alignment:  M3. Sense of belonging in the school environment, B-SS2. Create positive and supportive relationships with other students, B-SS6. Use effective collaboration and cooperation skills

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  • Psycho-education Lesson Lunch & Learn: Planned Parenthood & G.S.A.

    Posted by Shanelle Muse on 12/17/2019

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    Overview: At Alfred S. Faust Intermediate School, we believe that providing education should enrich all aspects of the students' lives. The Planned Parenthood Education & Training Department of Northern New Jersey has teamed up with Faust's G.S.A. to provide a psycho-education lesson on gender roles, stereotypes & identity, all with the goal of eliminating discrimination during No-Name Calling Week!

    Standard(s) Alignment:  M 1. Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being 

    M 3. Sense of belonging in the school environment  

     

    Lesson Outline

    Goal: Increase understanding of the negative impacts of gender stereotypes and examine traditionally male/female social roles, including the limitations of these roles.

    Students will explore the messages that they receive about gender and the way that these messages can affect how people are treated.

    • Definition of gender Roles & Stereotypes
    • Discuss gender Identity
    • “Gender Boxes” handout:

    o   Students will reflect upon behaviors, actions, or qualities people are talking about when people say “Act like a Boy” or “Act like a Girl”

    o   Drawing or writing inside & outside “boxes” on handout of “Acting like a Boy” or “Acting like a Girl”

    • Discussion questions following: pressures, thoughts, and reflections of being inside the box and outside the box with gender roles and stereotypes
    • Wrap up & Discussion
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  • 8th Grade Transition Sessions (College/Career)

    Posted by Shanelle Muse on 12/17/2019

    Overview: At Alfred S. Faust Intermediate School, we are so excited to provide guidance and support to our 8th grade students who are charged with the task of identifying their post-secondary options! These sessions will run from December 9th thru January 21st during, Monday thru Wednesday, from 11:00-11:45 a.m. Students will take the TypeFinder Personality Test, learn about their strengths and perspective careers that align to their personality! 

    Standard(s) Alignment:  M 4. Understanding that postsecondary education and life-long learning are necessary for long-term career success B-LS 9. Gather evidence and consider multiple perspectives to make informed decisions B-SS 3. Create relationships with adults that support success

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  • Gay-Straight Alliance (G.S.A.)

    Posted by Shanelle Muse on 10/25/2019

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    Overview: At Alfred S. Faust Intermediate School, we are so excited to be facilitators for a student-run organization called the Gay-Straight Alliance (G.S.A.) for all LGBTQ+ students and allies. The focus of this group is to create a safe space for students to meet, support each other, and talk about shared and personal experiences. This year, we will be focusing a bit more of activism! 

    Standard(s) Alignment:  B-SS 2. Create positive and supportive relationships with other students & B-SS 4. Demonstrate empathy  B-SS 8. Demonstrate advocacy skills and ability to assert self, when necessary  M 2. Self-confidence in ability to succeed

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  • New Kids on the Block (All Grades)

    Posted by Shanelle Muse on 10/1/2019

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    Overview: Being new to anything can come with excitement and challenges! Adjusting to something is a learned skill that can be developed through explicit instruction and sharing experiences with others who are going through similar circumstances. This group is a safe space to express your thoughts, feelings and experiences with being, "the new kid". 

    Standard(s) Addressed: M3. Sense of belonging in the school environment, B-SS2 Create positive and supportive relationships with other students & B-SMS7 Demonstrate effective coping skills when faced with a problem 

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  • 5th Grade Girls' Book Club

    Posted by Shanelle Muse on 10/1/2019

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    Overview: Characters in books are just like us! They have ups and downs just like we do! Why not discuss experiences they have, connect to them and learn life lessons through reading? The focus of this group is to create a safe space for students to meet, support each other, and talk about experiences related to friendship, peer pressure, fitting-in, being shy, bullying and empowerment! Novel selected: Because of Mr. Terupt 

    Standard(s) Alignment:   M1. Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, social/emotional and physical well-being, M3. Sense of belonging in the school environment, B-SS4: Demonstrate empathy & B-LS7: Identify long- and short-term academic, career and social/emotional goals 

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  • Gay-Straight Alliance (G.S.A.)

    Posted by Shanelle Muse on 3/22/2019

     

     

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    Overview: At Alfred S. Faust Intermediate School, we are so excited to be facilitators for a student-run organization called the Gay-Straight Alliance (G.S.A.) for all LGBTQ+ students and allies. The focus of this group is to create a safe space for students to meet, support each other, and talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity. 

    Standard(s) Alignment:  B-SS 2. Create positive and supportive relationships with other students & B-SS 4. Demonstrate empathy  B-SS 8. Demonstrate advocacy skills and ability to assert self, when necessary  M 2. Self-confidence in ability to succeed

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  • Chat, Chew & Connect over Chicken Soup for the Soul

    Posted by Shanelle Muse on 2/26/2019

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    Overview: At Alfred S. Faust Intermediate School, we are so excited to start Chat, Chew & Connect over Chicken Soup for the Soul with eight students! The focus of this group is to use literature (short narratives) to share and discuss personal experiences that have or will be navigated as a middle school student to include self-perception, friendships, relationships, negative self-talk and self-compassion. In a time when our middle schoolers are in full swing of social anxiety, bullying/teasing, social media and academic pressures, intentional connectivity that is healthy and reaffirming is important. All middle schoolers have experience with the above-mentioned topics and literature allows people to open up in a personal, yet collective way that brings them closer together, while allowing each student to hear alternative solutions and perspectives. The greater development of a student's social-emotional well-being, the greater their academic and personal outcomes will be.

    Standard(s) Alignment:  B-SS 2. Create positive and supportive relationships with other students B-SS 2. Create positive and supportive relationships with other students & B-SS 4. Demonstrate empathy  M 2. Self-confidence in ability to succeed.

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  • Girls C.A.R.E. (6th graders)

    Posted by Shanelle Muse on 2/13/2019

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    Overview: At Alfred S. Faust Intermediate School, we are so excited to start Girls C.A.R.E. with six students! The focus of this group is to introduce a sisterhood to the girls and have them connect on social-emotional and personal levels that bond, strengthen and empower them. Middle school girls are shuffling between peer groups while their bodies are changing and facing a variety of life stressors, so it is important that we provide them with structured and healthy ways to connect and unite. 

    Standard(s) Alignment:  B-SS 2. Create positive and supportive relationships with other students & B-SS 4. Demonstrate empathy  B-SS 8. Demonstrate advocacy skills and ability to assert self, when necessary  M 2. Self-confidence in ability to succeed

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  • Mindful Mondays (5th graders)

    Posted by Shanelle Muse on 2/4/2019

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    Overview: At Alfred S. Faust Intermediate School, we are so excited to start Mindful Mondays with five 5th graders! The focus of this group is to introduce mindfulness to the students, which is a way to teach them about emotional regulation. They will learn about social-emotional awareness, scientific information regarding their brains and bodies, as well as several stress management strategies they will actually get to make and/or practice.  

    Standard(s) Alignment:  B-SMS 2. Demonstrate self-discipline and self-control, B-SMS 7. Demonstrate effective coping skills when faced with a problem, B-SS 2. Create positive and supportive relationships with other students & B-SS 4. Demonstrate empathy

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