Alex M. Martino

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Mrs. Styx

7th and 8th Grade
Life Skills and Reading Seminar
Liberty and Martino Jr. Highs



Teacher: Mrs. Styx   

Email: astyx@nlsd122.org




Self - Awareness

  1. Character qualities (respect, kindness, honesty, etc.) that contribute to school and community well being (helping others,) self-identity and values 

  2. Decision - making     

  3. Becoming independent. (traffic/pedestrian/bike safety, appropriate behavior while in public spaces, appropriate interactions with strangers/store employees/other customers, being home alone)     

Safety and awareness of potentially harmful intentions of others  

  1. Common “lures” used by abusive and predatory individuals 

  2. Abduction prevention

  3. Physical Abuse

  4. Verbal Abuse

  5. Sexual Harassment and Abuse

  6. When/who/how to ask for help and support with harassment/abuse.

Mental health and emotional intelligence (social-emotional learning) 

  1. Social Skills - Recognizing/discussing emotions, feelings, and perspectives of others, and reacting appropriately (social and emotional competency)

  2. Recognizing/discussing emotions in self and about self (self-esteem) 

  3. Identifying and managing behavior in self (Coping with and working through difficult emotions, building resilience, overcoming obstacles, encouraging good physical health as a proactive step)

  4. Suicide prevention

  5. When/who/how to ask for help and support with mental health (symptoms of and help for mental health issues and problems)

Interpersonal communication (relationships)

1. Active listening and being a supportive listener (communication skills)    

2. Individual and group similarities and differences

3. Conflict resolution (causes of conflict, consequences of aggression, non-violent strategies)  

4.  Bullying (bystander, dealing with being bullied, recognition of bullying behaviors in self)          

5. When/who/how to ask for help and support with conflict and bullying.  


In this class, you will be graded according to expectations given to you at the start of each project and through your performance on assessments (journals, google docs, worksheets, projects, etc.)




Absent/Missing/Late Work Policy

- If you are absent the day an assessment is given or a project is due, you will be expected to do it or submit it the day you return to class.

  • If you are absent the day an assessment or project is announced, please see me.

  • I will accept and grade any missing and late work and you will receive credit as long as the current trimester grading period is still open- don’t leave missing work missing!

*** You are responsible for your own work. When you miss class, YOU should reach out to ME to find out what you missed while you were away.


Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. If a student is found to be dishonest with any assignment, i.e. copying from another student’s work, cheating of any kind, or claiming someone else’s work as their own, (this is plagiarism... there is a difference between helping someone and doing it for them) they will be dealt with according to school policy.


Discipline Policy and Classroom Behavior

I care about your success in my classroom too much to let you prohibit yourself or others from learning. Any disruptive and inappropriate behavior will be dealt with according to school policy. 

We will be doing a number of activities that require the cooperation of the whole class. My hope is that this classroom will be a “safe place” for students to be themselves without judgement, as well as a place where students allow their peers to be themselves without judgement. We are all a little unsure of ourselves sometimes…. all of us…even Beyonce. Let’s support each other as we travel on our own paths in life, and PLEASE always respect and treat others as you want to be respected and treated.


Supplies - bring to every class

  • notebook paper or a notebook

  • pen or pencil

  • school iPad

If you have questions or problems with class work, (or ANY other concerns related to the classroom) please communicate your needs and see me for additional help.


We are going to have a great trimester together!


****For Parents/Guardians - If you have any thoughts or questions at any time, please communicate with me at email: astyx@nlsd122.org or call me using the school’s voicemail system. 


Thank you so much for your cooperation, I look forward to having you in my class!     

 - Mrs. Styx