Sherman School Counselor Updates

News for Families from Ms. Cleavland

Hello Sherman Families!

We have had a great start to the 2015-2016 school year at Sherman Middle School! I am so happy and grateful to be a part of this community, and have loved getting to know all of our Sherman students!


After winter break, we dive into a very busy few months, especially for our 8th graders. This message serves as a way to inform you about important dates, events, and happenings related to our school counseling program at Sherman. Please contact me if you have questions!


Happy Winter!


Laura Cleavland, School Counselor

lbweisman@madison.k12.wi.us

608-204-2126

School Makes A Difference: January 15

Sherman's School Makes A Difference (SMAD) event will take place during the school day on Friday January 15 from 7:45-10:00am. This is a valuable part of Academic & Career Planning (ACP) for 8th graders, aligning with the following 8th grade ACP Knowledge and Skills:



  1. I can articulate the responsibilities of various careers.
  2. I can articulate the type of postsecondary education and training required for various careers that are interesting to me.
  3. I can describe the career development process that others have taken.
  4. I can describe ways my experiences and aspects of my identity (ethnicity, religion, family, gender, etc.) have influenced my definition of a successful student and person.


SMAD is an opportunity for students to listen to adults share their career journey, learn about various careers, and engage in a brief dialogue with presenters. This is an important part of developing career awareness as a youth. We are looking forward to welcoming a diverse group of local community members into our school to speak to our 8th graders. Ask your child about it after January 15!

Sherman Family Night: January 28

Join us at Sherman for the Chili Cook-Off on Thursday January 28 from 5:30-7:30! After the chili dinner, there are two important events:


8th Grade Families!

East High School staff will be at our Family Night from 6:15-6:55 to share information about the transition to East. Mike Hernandez and other East staff will be here!


6th Grade Families!

The UW PEOPLE Program Staff will be at our Family Night from 6:55-7:30 to share information about the program, including application process, deadlines, etc. All 6th grade families are welcome!

8th to 9th Grade Transition

January 22: East High School 9th Grade Counselors Visit

East High 9th Grade Counselors will be coming to Sherman to talk to 8th graders about the transition to East, specifically focusing on course options and completing 9th grade course request cards. Students will be given their official course request cards - these require a parent signature!


January 28: Family Night at Sherman

East High School staff (including Principal Mike Hernandez!) will be at Sherman after the chili dinner on January 28th, 6:15-6:55pm to share information about the transition to East.


February 2: Orientation Night at East High School

Join East High Staff in the Margaret Williams Theater on February 2nd, 6:00-8:30pm for an evening dedicated to helping parents and students prepare for Freshmen year at East. The presentation will include information about course selection, scheduling, electives, honors, sports/clubs activities, and more.

  • Parking/Entering East: Door # 2- Small parking lot (the corner of 4th street and East Washington) OR Door # 4- Back parking lot (4th street and Johnson)


February 3: Course Request Cards are DUE!

After spending time reviewing the course options and absorbing the information from the orientation night, students must return their request cards to their team teachers by February 3.


February 10 and 11: Course Requests Submitted Online

During ACP class time, students will enter their course requests into Career Cruising, and they will officially submit these requests for their 9th grade courses!