8th Grade

Ms. Shannon Murphy, M.S.

School Counselor, Grade 8

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About me:
Did you know Ms. Murphy graduated from CCSU?!
Did you know that next summer Ms. Murphy becomes Mrs. Thomas?!
Did you know Ms. Murphy's favorite food is pizza?!
Did you know Ms. Murphy teaches indoor cycling classes after school & on weekends?!
Did you know Ms. Murphy's favorite color is Blue?!
Did you know Ms. Murphy LOVES coffee?!
Did you know Ms. Murphy is SO excited about working with 8th grade this year!!

The 8th Grade has 2 teams:
The Aviators & The Navigators

Greetings 8th grade families!!!! I am SO excited to work with you all again this year!

What an exciting year for our students!
Although I realize we are all just settling into 8th grade year, it is already time to start thinking about high school! The fall of 8th grade is the time when students start to plan for their 9th grade high school experience- whether it is Plainville High School or another high school program!

Of course, this year will look a little different due to the COVID-19 restrictions still in place, but we are going to do our best to continue to present all of the information to students and families in an effective and safe way! For more information please continue to refer to this page and emails for open house dates, application deadlines, etc. 

In the meantime, if there are any questions regarding 9th grade transition, or anything at all- please do not hesitate to reach out!

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

Tuesday, November 11th- Southington VoAg Virtual Presentation (11:10 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.)
E.C. Goodwin Presentation / Open House TBD
St.Paul Catholic High School Open House(s)  Sat 10/24 & Sat 11/21
By Appt. only starting at 10 a.m. register for an in-person tour OR to meet virtually. Register @ spchs.com
St. Paul Catholic High School Placement Exam(s)  Sat 11/7 & 12/12

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
Dates TBD- emails will be sent when info is available!

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

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 groups will be offered to students to participate in throughout the school 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. These interviews are conducted in order to assist each student with establishing future goals and to identify activities, interests, strengths/weaknesses and likes/dislikes.

Ms. Shannon Murphy
Middle School of Plainville 
150 Northwest Drive Plainville, CT 06062
Phone: 860-793-3250 x2056
Fax: 860-793-3265