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Modern Manners - For Grades 7 & 8

Modern Manners is our new program for older grades with a focus on building character and confidence, with discussion and practice of respect, personal responsibility and excellent manners. The program consists of a series of four sessions, each one hour and fifteen minutes in length. While our traditional Cotillion and Supper Club programs include partners and dancing, our new Manners Series allows our members to practice in smaller groups and in a setting which allows for physical distancing as necessary.


As you can see from the description, each session revolves around a particular theme which will help the children to build confidence in navigating a variety of future social and business situations.


At this age, young people begin to think about who they are, who they want to become, and the image they want the world to see. The topics presented and the skills practiced at Modern Manners will help give them food for thought, and empower them rise to a variety of occasions and leave an excellent impression behind.


Proper table manners will be part of each session allowing members to practice good posture, proper use of utensils and group conversation, all under the watchful eyes of our expert instructors. The third session will include a three course dinner for more in-depth dining skills practice. Each session will utilize fun activities, role playing, games and prizes to make both learning and practicing fun for everyone!

Modern Manners

for grades 7 & 8

one hour and fifteen minute program


First Impressions: clothing, hair, makeup choices and stereotypes

Reputation and Personal Responsibility 

Social Media, Selfies, Posts, Permissions

- everyone makes mistakes, but please don’t document it!

Peer Pressure - the five people you spend the most time with

Leadership and Example

You are in charge of who you become - be the Hero of your Story

- Dessert Served -


Special Events and Protocols:

Weddings, Funerals, Receptions, Parties

Effort and Attitude - when you don’t want to be there 

Gift Giving and Receiving


How to Work a Room

- Hors d’oeuvres Served -



Advanced Place Settings - Multi Course Meals

Proper use of Utensils

Banquet and Restaurant Manners

Being a good Guest/Host

Table Conversation - topics to choose and to avoid

The Bill and the Tip

- Three Course Dinner Served -



Interview Skills: Online and In Person

How to Prepare, Resumés

What to Wear and How to Decide

How to Stand Out

Thank yous and Following up - forms of communication

- Dessert Served -

Membership Request

Please complete the following information

for the 2021 Manners Series.


If you are unsure, please contact your volunteer chairperson or the Cotillion Office for assistance.

Child's Information

Sibling Information

Please list siblings below if not already Cotillion members.

To request membership in Modern Manners for your 7th or 8th Grader, simply fill out the form below. Your child will then be placed in the queue for membership in your chosen chapter. The membership fee is $400. No fees are due until your child's place has been confirmed by your volunteer chairperson. An invoice will then be sent with further details. To continue, please complete the Membership Request form.

Other programs in Manners Series:

Simply Social for 3rd & 4th Grades

Edible Etiquette for 5th & 6th Grades

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