Mrs. Oakes


Hinsdale Middle School

Instructor: Mrs. Nika Oakes





Course purpose & goals: In this class, you will embark on an exploration of self. Together, we will explore your interests and dreams for life during and after middle/high school. We will then make a plan for how you can accomplish your goals.

Course Content: In this course, students will:

  • Research and identify various career paths

  • Define career goals and learn how to achieve them

  • Learn to budget and plan financially for life after high school

  • Learn the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace

  • Build confidence in themselves

  • Determine what happiness means to them

  • Research alcohol and other drugs

  • Learn to prevent conflicts and violence

  • Learn how to prevent teenage pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

  • Respect others

  • Talk about friendships

  • Learn skills for getting along with parents

  • Enhance their self-esteem

  • Talk about pressures and emotions

  • Reflect on relationships both past and present

Class Expectations:

Attendance: Please see the Hinsdale policy in the student handbook.


Behavior and Class participation: Students must treat each other and their instructor with respect. All students must participate in class discussions and complete assignments on time.


Student Questions: Any questions pertaining to assignments should be kindly directed to your instructor in person or via email before the assignment due date.


Class and Homework Assignments: Assignments will be provided by the instructor and may be posted online. Assignments will consist of homework, journals, presentations, and project-based learning.


Timeliness: Students are expected to be on time for class. Please let me know if there is something going on in your life that will affect your attendance or participation in class.


*I have read, understand, and agree to abide by the course expectations.

Student Signature: Date:



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*I give my consent for my student to participate in all aspects/units of this course.

Parent Signature: Date:



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If you would like to discuss any part of the curriculum for this course, please feel free to call me at (603) 336-5984 ext.7809 . Your student can be part of all or some of the instruction.

About Me Essay 

Tell me your life story!

Due: Tuesday @ end of class

1 page, 12pt font, double spaced,

Times New Roman

Share with Mrs. Oakes via Microsoft 365


My Next Move Career Search Assignment:

Go to  and follow the “purple” option. Complete all steps and read descriptions carefully. Print final list of careers and show me when you have it in hand. Copy and paste your list of careers into a Microsoft 365 document before closing the My Next Move website.


Assignment: Career Powerpoint

Create a powerpoint with 15 slides

(5 for each of your 3 careers)

Include the following info for each career:

1. Description of the job with pictures

2. Salary

3. Where do you want to do this job? (location, company?)

4. Why are you interested in this job?

5. What education do you need to obtain this job?


Interview Questions

Mrs. Oakes


In your journal, answer the following questions as though you are in an interview.

The purpose of this assignment is to get you to think of professional responses to these questions. Answer them as though you are being interviewed by someone you have just met.

  1. Tell me a little bit about yourself…

 2. How would you describe yourself as a student?

 3. How would you describe yourself as an employee?

 4. Who are your role models?

 5. What is the most valuable lesson you have learned thus far in your life?

  1. How would your friends describe you?

  1. How would former employers describe you?

  1. Have you ever had to deal with conflict in the workplace? Please elaborate.

  1. If no, what might be some challenges of dealing with conflict in the workplace?

  1. What are your educational plans after high school?

  1. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

  1. Are you self-motivated? If so, what motivates you?

  1. Do you work better alone or with others?

  1. Have you ever worked on a large project in the workplace?

  1. What would you do if you disagreed with one of the policies in your work environment?

  1. What unique characteristics do you bring to your work environment?

  1. What else should I know about you?______________________________________________________________________________________



Budget Project for Living on Your Own

Part 1- The 7-Day Meal Plan

Project Goal:

Create a healthy 7-day meal plan that includes food and beverage (3 meals plus 2 snacks/day plus drinks) and find the total cost by pricing out each item.

Step 1:

Make a list of the meals you will eat in a Word Online file in Microsoft 365. Label each day (Monday-Sunday) and each meal in the following order: breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner.

Step 2:

Break down and list the individual grocery items you will need to prepare each meal. Don’t forget drinks!

Step 3:

Go to Select “shop by department” in the upper left corner. Select the department of your first grocery item. Enter your zip code. Record the price for the item you would like to purchase in the Word online document next to the ingredient name.

Step 4:

Total your grocery bill and include the sum at the bottom of your list.

Budget Project for Living on Your Own

Part 2- The Baby

Project Goal:

Determine the cost of raising a newborn baby for 3 months.

Step 1: Make a list of the things babies need in the first 3 months of their lives.

Step 2: Use or to determine prices for the items on your list.

Step 3: Total the items on your list. Don’t forget to include 3 months of formula and daycare.

Example Baby List:


Crib Sheets (2-4)


Bibs (20)

Swaddles (2-4)

Pacifiers (4-6)

Bottles (5-8)

Diapers (4 packs of 144)

Wipes (800)

Formula (2 cans/week x 3 months)


Bouncy seat

Pack and Play

1 stuffed animal

5 board books

3 toys

Onesies (20-30)

Changing table

Baby bathtub

Baby shampoo


Baby Carrier

Diaper Genie

Diaper Genie Bags

Day Care $230/week

Diaper cream

Budget Project for Living on Your Own

Part 3- The Apartment

Project Goal:

Determine the amount of money you will need to rent an apartment (including first, last, and security) in the city in which you plan to work.

Step 1: Choose one of the 3 careers you presented on at the beginning of this course.

Step 2: Determine what city you would like to live and work in.

Step 3: Go to and select “rent.” Fill in the city and state in which you plan to live.

Step 4: Select an affordable apartment and print the listing. Determine how much money you will need to move in.

Final Poster Presentation:

Print the following and include on your presentation poster:

  1. Complete meal plan with prices and total

  1. Complete baby list with prices and total

  1. Apartment listing with move-in total

Then, on your poster, answer the following question:

Given the cost of your meal plan for 1 month, your baby for 1 month, and your apartment for 1 month, do you make enough money to live on your own?

College and Career Presentation Rubric:

College and Career Rubric snipping tool College and Career snipping toolk page 2

TED Talk Journal Response Questions:

  1. Have you ever experienced anxiety? If not, do you know someone who has? What do you think anxiety looks like in middle school?
  2. Have you ever experienced depression? If not, do you know someone who has? What do you think depression looks like in middle school?
  3. How is the experience of an African man different from a white man when it relates to depression?
  4. How does limited access to mental health professionals in Africa affect African people?
  5. What can be done to change the stigma that affects African men and women in regards to mental health?
  6. What can you do to support your peers who may be experiencing depression and/or anxiety?

Final Essay- 5 paragraphs

12pt font

Times New Roman

Double Spaced

Paragraph 1:

What did you think you would do in counseling class? Did you learn what you expected to learn?

Paragraph 2:

What was your 1st favorite topic? What did you learn? Why did you like it?

Paragraph 3:

What was your 2nd favorite topic? What did you learn? Why did you like it?

Paragraph 4:

What was your 3rd favorite topic? What did you learn? Why did you like it?

Paragraph 5:

What recommendations do you have for future students in this class? What suggestions do you have for me? How will this class affect how you make decisions in the future?