Frank Ward Strong Middle School

191 Main Street, Durham CT 06422 | 860.349.7222



Strong Middle School has an Advisory program that meets once per month to discuss a variety of academic, social and career topics.  The Guidance Department develops a lesson plan that each Advisory teacher implements with their group of 10 to 12 students.  Groups are across teams and students will have their advisor for both 7th and 8th grade.  The small groups allow students to talk and share things they may not feel comfortable sharing in a larger group, while fostering connections with different adults in the building.  Below is some information about the upcoming Advisory topic, should you want to open a dialogue with your child.  Topics were decided upon based on teacher and student feedback at the end of last year.  Please contact the Guidance Department at Strong with any further questions.


To kick off the school year, our Advisory lesson focused on the Core Ethical Values!  The lesson allowed students to get to know each other, and discuss how they can positively contribute to their Advisory groups.  Then, using a real life example from the Olympics, students discussed the Core Ethical Values and how they can be used in our school.  They connected these to our EDGE campaign to “Bee the One!”  Each student filled out a slip of paper with what they will “Bee the One” to do to make this a positive school year.  Finally, groups talked about tips to make this year a great school year.  It was a great kick-off to our Advisory program!


In October, our 7th and 8th graders have an opportunity to start exploring career options for their future.  Students will start to think about what is important to them when choosing a career by completing a group activity.  Following that, groups will discuss what the word “success” means to them.  As a group, each Advisory will complete a collage to represent “success.”  Finally, will start to think about their interests and how those could connect to a career in the future.  

SAVE THE DATE: Strong’s Career Day will be February 15th!  We would love to have you come in and present.  More information will be coming through email and Facebook.


In November, Strong Middle School students will see a presentation from Justin Carbonella from the Middletown Youth Service Bureau.  He speaks about Internet Safety to both 7th and 8th graders.  His presentation will include facts regarding sharing information online, your cyber-footprint, and being a good Cyber Citizen.  Using videos, photos and an interactive model, Justin does a great job of keeping the students engaged, while giving relevant information.