At North Middle School we understand the importance of educating the “whole child”; including their social/emotional well-being. To address the developmental needs of our adolescent students, the counselors facilitate psycho-education lessons using the MindUp curriculum. The curriculum focuses on the brain and provides activities to explore how each part of the brain affects our thoughts, emotions, and actions. We focus on teaching students how to have a growth mindset-- an understanding that “their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment”- Carol Dweck, founder of growth mindset. Students will receive these lessons once a month in Advisory and teachers have the option to continue this work within their content area.

Students in 7th and 8th grade will engage in Advisory Lessons throughout the year. 6th grade students will participate in Where Everybody Belongs sessions, facilitated by WEB Leaders. Students participating in Advisory Lessons will follow the "MindUp" Curriculum to enhance their understanding and competence of:

Self-Awareness- assessing our feelings, interests, values, and strengths; maintaining self-confidence

Self-Management- regulating emotions to handle stress, control impulses, and persevere in overcoming obstacles

Social Awareness- understanding different perspectives and empathizing with others; recognizing and appreciating similarities and differences; using family, school, and community resources effectively

Relationship Skills- maintaining healthy relationships based on cooperation; resisting inappropriate social pressure; preventing, managing, and resolving interpersonal conflicts; seeking help when needed

Responsible Decision Making- using a variety of considerations, including ethical, academic, and community-related standards to make choices and decisions


Advisory dates are as follows:

  • August 9
  • September 8
  • September 20
  • October 25
  • November 9
  • November 15
  • November 20
  • January 17
  • February 8
  • February 21
  • April 18
  • May 16

Preview 7th grade lessons HERE.

Preview 8th grade lessons HERE.