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Braves Academy

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In Braves Academy, students will learn about the importance of school and how to make the most of his/her educational experience, how to interact with others successfully and develop good character, and how to make informed decisions about his/her future life and career. Students will keep a Braves Academy folder with all their exploring and learning, which they will be able to keep after completing class in eighth grade.  
Programs and resources that will be utilized:
Why Try? is a curriculum that teaches the importance of positive decision making, thinking about your future, good character, working hard and plugging into a support system so that students will have opportunity, freedom and self-respect.
The Medal of Honor curriculum focuses on the six core values of Medal of Honor recipients: Courage, Patriotism, Integrity, Citizenship, Commitment, and Sacrifice.
The Child Advocacy Center Kids First Program   Safety & abuse prevention
Jackie Harris with the Health Department  will focus on the dangers of tobacco and having healthy relationships. 
Jamie Ensley with EdSouth will engage students in future planning, financial literacy and transitioning to middle school and high school.  The Kuder assessment will be utilized to match interests and skills with career paths.
 Loudon County Schools Health Educator will provide education on health and wellness.
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Braves Academy Scope and Sequence

Week 1:

Day 1:  Procedures & Practice

Day 2:  Procedures & Practice

Day 3:  Classroom Expectations

Day 4: Why Try? Relationship Building/Using Music

Day 5:  Medal of Honor: Exploring the Six Core Values

Week 2:

Day 6:  Bully Prevention (watch Bullied video)

Day 7:  Why Try? Relationship Building/Assessment

Day 8:  Career:  Making SMART Goals & Action Plans

Day 9:  Why Try? Reality Ride

Day 10:  Medal of Honor:  Selfless Service

Week 3:

Day 11:  Bully Prevention (discuss video) 

Day 12: Why Try? Tearing Off Your Labels

Day 13:  Career:  Learn About Yourself

Day 14:  Why Try? Defense Mechanisms

Day 15:  Medal of Honor:  What Does It Mean?

Week 4:

Day 16:  Auction Block (Values/Goal Setting)

Day 17:  Why Try? Motivation Formula

Day 18:  Career:  Learn About Yourself

Day 19:  Why Try? Climbing Out

Day 20:  Medal of Honor:  Portrait of a Service Member

Week 5:

Day 21:  Group Treasure Hunt  (Self-Esteem)

Day 22:  Why Try? Jumping Hurdles

Day 23:  Career:  Sample Application

Day 24: Why Try?  Desire, Time & Effort

Day 25:  Medal of Honor:  Reflecting on Courage

Week 6:  

Day 26:  Whose Fault Is It?  (Decision Making/Peer Pressure)

Day 27:  Why Try? Lift the Weight

Day 28:  Career: Interviewing

Day 29:  Why Try? Get Plugged In

Day 30:  Medal of Honor:  Integrity in Decision Making

Week 7:

Day 31:  Left Out (Cliques)

Day 32:  Why Try? The Wall

Day 33:  Career:  Interviewing

Day 34:  Why Try?  Student Walkthrough

Day 35:  Medal of Honor:  What is Courage?

Week 8:

Day 36:  How Bad Can You Be?  (Communication)

Day 37:  Why Try? Student Walkthrough

Day 38:  Career:  Life’s a Puzzle (Life Roles)

Day 39:  Why Try?  Student Walkthrough

Day 40:  Medal of Honor:  A Lesson in Irony

Week 9:

Day 41:  Line Up  (Self Esteem/Acceptance)

Day 42:  Why Try? Review

Day 43:  Career:  Work Study (Work Skills)

Day 44:  Why Try? Assessment

Day 45:  Medal of Honor:  Courage to Make a Difference