8th Grade

Mrs. Denise Grodzicki, M.S., L.P.C.

School Counselor, Grade 8
Team Leader

The 8th grade has two teams:
The Aviators & The Navigators
At various times throughout the school year, the School Counselors deliver Counseling Workshops in the classroom to help students with academic, personal/social, and career development. The workshops for the 8th Grade are:
My Goals - Students will create Academic, Career and Social/Emotional/Physical Development S.M.A.R.T. goals in Naviance. 8th grade students will review and update the goals they created in 7th grade. 

Career Key - Students will complete the Career Key questionnaire in Naviance. They will discover which Holland personality type they are most like. Students will gain some new ideas and insight into career options which align with their personality type.

PHS Q & A - Students will become familiar with key high school terms.

Gossiping & Rumors - Students will participate in activities and discussions which will help them recognize appropriate and inappropriate actions pertaining to gossiping and rumors. They will identify the consequences of their behavioral choices and recognize the value of positive interactions.

Various events take place throughout the school year to assist the 8th grade students with their transition to high school.  

PHS Program of Studies Presentation - Students will be provided information from the Program of Studies during an assembly given by the Plainville High School Administrators & School Counselors.
PHS Tour - Students will tour Plainville High School's academic and elective areas.
PHS Open House - Parents/guardians and students attend an evening of information of PHS.
PHS Registration with HS Counselor - Students meet with their High School Counselor to finalize courses for high school.

E.C. Goodwin Technical High School Presentation & Southington Ag-Sci Presentations

Students who are planning to apply to a privatemagnet, or technical high school are advised to pay special attention to application requirements and deadlines. 


Various groups will be offered to students to participate in throughout the year. The groups are held for a variety of reasons such as: improving social skills, improving self-esteem, coping with family changes, coping with grief, managing anger, etc.

Individual planning interviews take place throughout the school year with each 8th Grade student to assist them with establishing future goals and to identify activities, interests, strengths/weaknesses and likes/dislikes.

About Mrs. Grodzicki:

Mrs. Grodzicki has been a School Counselor at the Middle School of Plainville since 2001. She began the role as Team Leader for the Counseling Department in 2013 and became a Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.) in 2010.  When she is not at school, she is hanging out with her husband, 2 sons, cat, dog and 10 chickens.  She is a Cubmaster in Durham/Middlefield and member of 4-H in her community.  

She received her:
Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology, Minor in Sociology from Central CT State University.

Master of Science in Counseling, Specialization in School Counseling from Central CT State University.

Certification in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University.

Denise Grodzicki, M.S., L.P.C.
Middle School of Plainville
150 Northwest Drive, Plainville, CT 06062
Phone: 860-793-3250 x 2054
Fax: 860-793-3265