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MIDDLE SCHOOL LIFE SKILLS AND SUPPORT: ADVISORY GROUPS

8th Grade Leadership Camp

In September, the 8th grade class travels to a retreat center to work with their Advisors and experts from the AWSP’s Association of Washington Student Leaders for three days to prepare for their year of leadership at Villa.

This long standing Villa tradition includes experiential activities to explore different leadership strategies and team building as well as time to practice planning events and facilitating groups of their peers. Students also spend time in reflection and prayer.

The leadership activities challenge students to work together towards the idea of shared leadership with the knowledge that each student is a leader in their own way.

This time together in a beautiful natural setting provides a valuable opportunity for the 8th grade students to strengthen the bond that they share as a class. They leave with renewed confidence in their skills for the leadership tasks that they will be called on to perform throughout the coming year and for the rest of their lives.

Advisory by Grade Level

Sixth grade: Independence

  • self-management and building relationships
  • time and stress management
  • study skills and laptop/technology skills
  • self-advocacy, communication, and problem solving

Seventh grade: Community

  • how healthy communities develop
  • self-knowledge, persistence, and problem solving
  • compassionate and authentic communication
  • trust and support
  • addressing social, community, and world problems through student-driven service learning

Eighth grade: Leadership

  • developing practical leadership skills
  • taking an active role in shaping their community
  • providing valuable service to the school
  • modeling servant leadership for younger students
  • managing the 8th Grade Culminating Project and the high school application process