A Note from Middle School Counselor Mrs. Pfuetze

Recently, I had the privilege of speaking to the 7th graders during their Bible classes. I covered the topic of anxiety. Below, I have given a bullet-point list of what we discussed. I hope your student talked about it with you; if he/she did not discuss what he/she learned, feel free to begin a conversation based on my notes.

Anxiety is a normal emotion and a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease typically about an event or something with an uncertain outcome. The Bible discusses stress/worry many times. Because of The Fall, there is anxiety; because of anxiety, life can be overwhelming and feel hopeless. Fear not! There is hope. God is sovereign, and He has given us many healthy ways to handle this emotion in order to get help and support and have hope.

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Examples of symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Feelings of tension
  • Muscles tensing
  • Physical changes like increased blood pressure
  • Avoiding situations out of worry
  • Sweating, trembling, dizziness or rapid heartbeat
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Worried thoughts
  • Recurring thoughts or dreams
  • Picking at the skin, biting nails, twisting hair, etc.
  • Switching syllables in words, stuttering
  • Panic, fear, uneasiness
  • Sleep problems
  • Not being able to stay calm or still
  • Cold, sweaty, numb, tingling hands or feet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

There are plenty of Scripture references to encourage us during times of worry. A few include:

  • Philippians 4:6-7
  • John 14:27
  • Proverbs 12:25
  • Psalm 56:3
  • Matthew 6:25-34

There are ways we can alleviate our anxiety:

  • Spending time with God, reading the Bible, prayer, and thanksgiving
  • Sleep
  • Eating well
  • Exercising
  • Listening to or playing music (classical, jazz)
  • Hobbies
  • Talking to someone you trust (parents, youth pastor, teacher, coach, counselor, etc.)
  • Get off of social media! (I know you do not like this, but it is true!)
  • Tapping, body scanning (only to be taught to you by a professional – me!)

Lastly, we discussed that God is in control. He is big enough to handle all of us. He can manage our anxieties, stresses, and worries. Though He can take it away, He may not, but He promises to sit with us in our anxieties and to never forsake us. We will never be alone. He is our hope.

If you have any questions, please contact Mollie Pfuetze, Middles School Counselor. It is a privilege to teach your children!

7th Grade Summer Reading 2018

As we work together with families to create lifelong learners, Westminster Christian Academy expects that our students will continue reading throughout the summer months. In working towards this goal, over the summer all incoming 7th grade students will be required to read two books that they have not previously read. Students must choose books from the reading list or from the Westminster 100 list. It’s very important that students enjoy their book(s); therefore, we encourage them to take the time to find a book they love.

Book #1: Read any book (fiction or non-fiction) from the reading list. The review should be submitted no later than Friday, June 29.

Book #2: Read any book (fiction or non-fiction) from the reading list. The review should be submitted no later than Friday, July 27.

Extra book reviews: The review should be submitted no later than Friday, August 3.

After reading each book, students will submit an online book review using the online review form. This summer’s reading project is included in each student’s first quarter English grade, so please follow these instructions carefully and refer to the rubric below as your student completes the online review.


If you have any questions, please email Heather Marsee. Please include the student’s name and grade level in your email.

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Grading Rubric
Skills and content students should keep in mind as they complete the online book review form: 24 points total

Basic information
Complete the name, title, review #, pages, author, genre, rating, headline, etc. ____/2 pts.

2+ summary sentences about the plot ____/2 pts.

2+ sentences that share the moral or life lesson ____/2 pts.

1+ sentence giving details about the type of person who would enjoy the book ____/2 pts.

2+ sentences giving details and explaining why ____/2 pts.

Book review received on time and written about a book from the list ____/2 pts


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’m so excited! When am I able to start my summer reading?
A: You are welcome to begin your summer reading TODAY! There is no start date. The only time constraints are that you submit your reviews no later than the due dates specified in this packet. Early work is accepted.

Q: How will I know if I submitted my review correctly?
A: There are 2 ways to know it was submitted:

  1. After completing the review form, press “submit” at the bottom of the page. A box will appear stating that your response has been recorded.
  2. In addition, you will receive an email with your submitted responses.

After each deadline, if your review was not received, you will be notified by email.

Q: Is there a way for me to have a copy of my review?
A: By providing your email address, Google will send you a copy of your completed form once it’s submitted.

Q: How will my summer reading project affect my English grade?
A: The summer reading project will be equivalent to a quiz grade in English. Please look at the rubric on the front page of the packet for specific details.

Q: What happens if I turn in an assignment late?
A: Late work will be penalized based on the length of time that it is overdue.

Mandatory iPad Registration Meetings

(all 7th grade and new 8th and 9th grade students)

Thursday, August 2, 6:30–8 p.m.
Monday, August 6, 6:30–8 p.m.
Thursday, August 9, 6:30–8 p.m.

Parents and students should attend this meeting together and bring the iPad that the student will use during the school year. Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 1.

You must have your iPad in order to complete the registration process.