Our freshman seminar program helps students learn how to build relationships, make healthy decisions, manage stress, and improve executive functioning and study skills.
As a regularly scheduled class that is team-taught by School Counselor Julie Beck, 9th & 10th Grade Dean of Students Michelle Matz, and Director of Educational Support Yael Krieger, the Freshman Seminar offer new students support in three key areas:
Dean Time: Students meet one-on-one with the Dean of Students Michelle Matz each week for a check in about any issues or concerns they may wish to discuss, academic or otherwise.
Health and Wellness instruction: School Counselor Julie Beck covers topics such as healthy sleep habits, stress management, emotional awareness, mindful use of technology, sex education, and mental health education--important life skills that will continue to serve students throughout their JCHS years and well beyond.
Study Skills: Director of Educational Support Yael Krieger works with students to add to their arsenal of study skills, teaching techniques for time management, organization, and note taking. The class collaborates with other classes to help students develop their reading, writing, and research skills, while building awareness of academic integrity.
In addition to putting emphasis on strategies that set students up for success, the Freshman Seminar program also provides an opportunity for the Student Support team to personally engage with every individual in the freshman class. The experience helps freshmen create a lasting relationship with these key JCHS professionals, so that students may feel comfortable using them as resources throughout their years at the high school.