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EARLY CHILDHOOD

The Guidance Department directed by Mrs. Roni Isaacson and Dr. Dana Septimus partners with the early childhood department by teaching coping strategies, enhancing social skills and supporting a positive self-image in a warm and nurturing environment. In ECD, the everyday activities of the classroom are designed to teach and reinforce social and emotional growth. The teachers work to highlight these messages in formal and informal lessons. The Guidance team meets regularly with teachers, administrators and parents to ensure the social and emotional well-being of each child.

If you have more questions, please contact

Dana Septimus at dana.septimus@yavnehacademy.org or

Roni Isaacson at roni.isaacson@yavnehacademy.org

LOWER SCHOOL

Yavneh’s Guidance Department, directed by Mrs. Roni Isaacson, oversees our children’s social and emotional welfare by offering a full range of programs and support to our students. Mrs. Isaacson works closely with students, faculty, administrators and parents to respond to individual needs and situations. The guidance staff meets regularly with teachers and administrators to ensure that we are working together to support the whole child and understand individual needs. Classroom observations are conducted and in-class interventions are often put into place. Students are met with individually as needed and consultation with an outside professional is recommended if appropriate. Our goal is to help support the child, their teachers and parents to promote optimal growth and learning. The Guidance Team believes in a proactive approach to developing self-esteem, empathy, coping skills, frustration tolerance and conflict resolution through in class lessons as well as small group lunches. Our Guidance Department enhances the total educational experience at Yavneh by meeting our children’s social and emotional needs.

If you have more questions, please contact Mrs. Roni Isaacson at isaacson@yavnehacademy.org

MIDDLE SCHOOL 

The Middle School Guidance department, under the direction of Dr. Aliza Frohlich, is a dynamic and innovative program geared towards the ever- changing needs of emerging adolescents.   During these middle school years, children are changing at a rapid pace, and Dr. Frohlich has developed a guidance program targeted towards the specialized needs of the “tween” years.

The Student Guidance Dept. serves as a resource for students, parents and teachers as she helps individual students navigate through the ups and downs of this stage their lives. With an “open door” the goal is to help students’ self-advocate, brainstorm solutions to their problems and learn to communicate better. 

Dr. Frohlich has developed our cutting edge Advisory program- a proactive and interactive weekly social/emotional class providing our students with life skills ultimately helping them to become resilient adults. The lessons are dynamic and feature activities, multi-media and creativity. Topics such as communication skills, relationships, body image, and substance use are examples of issues to be tackled in this curriculum.   The focus of each grade’s curriculum is individualized to the issues they are facing. 

In Sixth Grade, there is a focus on ensuring their transition to Middle School is as smooth as possible.  Units on Organization, Time Management, Study Skills and mentoring programs ensure this smooth transition. 

In Seventh Grade the theme is “Prepare Yourself to Change the World.” Topics such as leadership, decision-making, empathy, and activism are targeted with hands-on projects.  

In Eighth Grade the students’ spend their year “Applying to High School” and “Preparing for Life After Yavneh.”   They focus upon how to choose a high school, preparing for the process, and skills needed for successful high school life, like resisting peer pressure, cheating and honesty, and relationships with parents. 

Our Middle School students also experience our Adolescent Life and Health Curriculum which is an opportunity for our students to learn about puberty and the social/emotional and physiological changes they are or will be confronting from a competent and halachically appropriate source.  

The goal of Middle School Guidance program is to help mold resilient students who are well-adjusted and ready to face the world.  Parents, teachers and the guidance program work together a team to raise “our” children prepared to meet challenges and successes in life.

If you have more questions contact Dr. Aliza Frohlich at aliza.frohlich@yavnehacademy.org

The Advisory program is funded in large part by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.  We are grateful for their support of this celebrated program.