Middle School
Your Best Self

Know and appreciate yourself and others

At PCDS, we are deliberate about developing character, encouraging personal growth, guiding students to have self-awareness, exploring their self-perception, and understanding the role they play in being part of a community.

Students are supported through the Middle School advisory program, classroom observations, feedback from teachers, and a social-emotional learning course called "You and Others," or more affectionately, "Y.O."

With an age-appropriate approach, Middle School students take Y.O. in order to better understand themselves and to foster positive relationships with each other. The themes of trust, gratitude, empathy, community building, growth mindset, inclusion, resilience, and citizenship guide our Y.O. classes and dialogues. A particular focus is paid to factors that promote a healthy lifestyle, such as adequate sleep, balanced nutrition, practicing mindfulness, self-care, and self-compassion.

You and Others Topics

5th Grade

Introductions/Ice Breakers
Team building
Communication
Mindfulness
Gratitude
Boundaries
Bullying
Managing Stress & Anxiety
Peer Pressure
Identity
Values
Power dynamics
Multiple perspectives
Self-compassion
Gender
Online safety
Substance awareness
Sexual education
Evaluation & reflection

6th Grade

Introductions/Getting to know you
Class trip preparation
Empathy
Tolerance
Inclusion
Bullying
Digital citizenship/internet safety
Communication
Managing stress & anxiety
Confidence
Values
Self-awareness/identity
Career readiness
Mindset
Privilege
Unconscious bias/stereotypes
Nutrition/body image
Substance awareness
Gender
Sex education
Evaluation & reflection

7th Grade

Introductions/Getting to know you
Team building
Stress and relaxation
Mindfulness
Self-awareness/self-expression
Boundaries
Sexual harassment
Values clarification
Multiple Intelligence Theory
Personality traits/Communication styles
Self-esteem
Body image
Digital citizenship/Internet safety
Cyberbullying
Substance education
Sexuality education
Evaluations of class and closing activities

8th Grade

Introductions/Getting to know you
Social dynamics/peer pressure
Effective communication
Class trip preparation
Team building
Social Media/Media Influence
Digital citizenship
Respecting racial differences
Respecting gender differences
Respecting sexual orientation differences
Respecting disabilities
Understanding power and privilege
Depression and suicide
Substance education
Sexuality education
Evaluation of class and closing activities

"We are proud to work at a school that prioritizes the social-emotional growth and well being of students. We enjoy connecting with our students on many levels and having meaningful conversations in and out of the classroom." – Michele Huskey and Maria Roman,
Middle School counselors