Guidance Gazette

Shughart Middle School 1st Quarter

Welcome to Middle School

Know What to Expect.

Most middle school students are more interested and involved in social activities than they were in elementary school. During these years, there are parties, dances, boyfriends, girlfriends, and lots of gossip The middle school social scene can be both exciting and challenging. Below are a few tips to help you and your teen survive:

*Know your school - Read all handbooks and policies to ensure you and your students follow established school rules and expectations.

*Teach your student to advocate for themselves - Principals, teachers, and counselors are all here to help. Get to know them all and never be too intimidated to ask a question.

*Be here EVERYDAY - 21st century schooling is very interactive, students benefit most from good attendance.

*Get organized - This is where we begin to prepare for high school (yes, even our 6th graders). Encourage them to become more accountable for completing and turning in all class and homework assignments on time.

*Get Involved - There are plenty of after school activities and programs. Join a club or sports team and parents join the PTA and attend parent workshops. Prevention is the best intervention. Try not to wait until there is a problem before getting to know your school personnel.

A Bridge to Safety

ACT: A - Acknowledge C - Care T - Tell

September 10, 2014 National Suicide Awareness Day

Adolescence can be a challenging time for many students. During the month of September we will help students, staff, and parents identify signs of depression, self- injurious behavior and increase awareness for suicide prevention. We are going to ask all students, staff and parents to:

  • Acknowledge all threats and concerns expressed by people in our community
  • Care enough to listen and let your friend know you are concerned about what is bothering them and take it seriously
  • Tell a trusted adult to ensure they get the professional help they need

United as a community we can establish open communication that allows us to support our friends and family when they need it most. Together we can build a bridge to safety.

Bully Prevention and Awareness

October Bully Prevention and Drug Awareness Month

S.O.A.R. Against Bullying

Speak Up Offer Solutions Adult Assistance Report Immediately

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

During the month we will focus on the prevention of bullying behavior by providing the tools needed for students to address and prevent bullying immediately. We are going to call on all parents to help increase awareness, promote prevention efforts, and encourage students to advocate for themselves and others stomp out bullying.

Career and College Focus