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6th grade:  SSP6 FAMI LY 12

7th grade:  SSP7 FAMI LY 23

8th grade:  SSP8 FAMI LY 34

Second Step


Second Step is a Social Emotional Learning program provided to all students at Niguel Hills Middle School by the School Counselor Ms. Avakian. Ms. Avakian will be in classrooms during the school year to provide lessons on on the skills and attitudes that increase students' success in school. Middle schoolers are better prepared to navigate adolescence with communication, coping and decision-making skills that help them make good choices and avoid pitfalls such as peer pressure, substance abuse and bullying. 


This year topics include:


6th grade:  Intro to Counselor; Organization; Working in Groups;  Emotions, Brains & Body; Calming Strategies. 

7th grade:  Study SKills; Signs of Suicide; Coping with Stress; Why Try?

8th grade:  Leaders & Allies; De-Escalating a Tense Situation; Academic Success; Coping with Stress. 






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The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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