Setting Goals

J-E-T Students Take P.R.I.D.E. in Setting Goals
Posted on 09/04/2019
Students setting goals in PRIDE binder

Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School students are taking personal responsibility in developing excellence (P.R.I.D.E) by setting goals and evaluating their own progress during E3, a thirty-minute period built into each day’s schedule.

“It’s important for students to have some control of their own learning and to make choices for themselves concerning how to improve, whether it’s academically, behaviorally, or socially. Goal setting is an avenue to feeling more empowered and engaged in their educational progress, and ultimately, to being more enriched” asserted J-E-T Principal Debbie Courtney.

On Mondays, students use their P.R.I.D.E. binders to record long-term and short-term academic and personal goals. They also have opportunities to attend tutoring and enrichment sessions with various teachers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Fridays feature motivational assemblies, academic pep rallies, guest speakers, and small-group advisory time. During advisory sessions, students will explore The Seven Habits of Effective Teens by Sean Covey and discuss middle-school issues among themselves and with their advisors.

Reverend Timothy Williams, a seventh-grade social studies teacher, added, “P.R.I.D.E. notebooks are helping students organize their thoughts in terms of goal setting and should help them remain on-target in achieving those goals.”

Praise for the new E3 program came from eighth grader Ruben Cardenas who said, “I actually like the P.R.I.D.E. notebooks because I struggled last year to pay attention, stay focused, and achieve my goals. When it comes down to it, it’s hard for me to know what to do next unless I have it written down.”

The primary objective of developing personal responsibility through goal setting is to help students become self-directed learners, which is one of the characteristics listed in the state’s Profile of a South Carolina Graduate.

Photo Caption: Seventh-grade J-E-T students Rihanna Risinger, Shamarion Freeman, Kai’yun Martin, Dayana Villegas-Velazquez, and Cincere Johnson focus on setting their upcoming goals.

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