Guidance Dept Newsletter - LFMS
2017-18 2nd Quarter - Edition 2
Time Flies Fast
Below please find the character traits and themes for November and December for our students and school community.
Click the title above to read about the three parts to having dependability - Persons, Promises, and Price.
Student of the Month Focus
Pride Expectation: Dependability
Dependability is defined as the quality of being able to be counted on or relied upon. For example, when you always do everything that you say you will and don't make promises you cannot keep shows an example of dependability.
Theme: The focus this month is becoming a dependable citizen. Students can be a dependable citizen at school by being respectful of other students and staff members, following school rules, and displaying good character. Students who volunteer their time in school service are representing how to be a dependable citizen. One way for students to show service is to join the Pride Stars Program. An informational meeting will be held during PRIDE on November 14th for students who are interested in finding out more on being involved "In Service to Others", our school's leadership theme this year.
Pride Expectation: Engaged
Engaged means to commit oneself to do something; to concentrate on a task, be actively involved with interest.
Theme: This month's focus is about being engaged for success. A student who gives his/her best each day, is committed to following their school's rules and values, and is motivated to contribute to making school a great place to learn is an example of a student engaged for success.
Four Myths about Parent Involvement in Middle School
Keeping Family-School-Community Connections Helps Support Secondary Students’ Success
"Tesoro Family" Schools Offering Multiple Parent Educational Evenings
Mark your calendars for the following parent informational evening events sponsored by our Tesoro Family Schools Parent Teacher Student Associations. All events are open to our Tesoro Family School parents.
Thursday, November 2nd – Western Youth Services presenting "How to Help Your Child with Stress and Anxious Feelings"– Ladera Ranch Middle School MPR 6-7 PM
Tuesday, November 14th – Western Youth Services presenting "How to Help Your Child with Stress and Anxious Feelings"– Las Flores Middle School MPR 6 PM
Wednesday, November 29th – Signs of Suicide (SOS) – Ladera Ranch Middle School MPR
Tuesday, December 12th – SOS parent night - Las Flores Middle School MPR
Tuesday, January 9th – TBA – Las Flores Middle School MPR
Tuesday, February 6 - Increase Academic Success & Decrease Student Stress –Las Flores Middle School MPR
Thursday, February 8 – Increase Academic Success & Decrease Student Stress – Ladera Ranch Middle School MPR
Tuesday, April 10th – TBA – Las Flores Middle School MPR
Tuesday, May 8th – TBA –Las Flores Middle School MPR
Additional dates may be added. More information on future events will be posted on the Las Flores Middle School website as it becomes available.
Second Step Classroom Guidance Lessons
November and December lessons for 6th grade will focus on Emotions: Brains & Body. 8th grade students in Mr. Orgeron's social science classes were provided a lesson on Coping with Stress while Mrs. Fallman's 8th grade social science classes will cover this lesson in January.
7th graders will continue bi-weekly classroom guidance lessons through their social science classes throughout the school year. Lessons for November and December will include Cyberbullying and Signs of Suicide.
Dates for Career Cafe as as follows:
All workshops shall be in the Bear Den from 8:45-9:30 am. More information on future speakers will be provided through the School Loop News Feed, Weekly News/School Messenger and may require sign-ups as space is limited. The first workshop will focus on helping students identify their interests in order to determine which fields to seek speakers.
Small Groups and Guidance Workshops
Guidance Workshops shall be advertised at various times throughout the school year. Chalkwalk based on monthly themes, College and Career Fair Competitions, Career Exploration workshops, and more. Homework Club and Peer Tutoring are additional activities that shall be offered during the school year by your Guidance Team.
NEW DISTRICT ATTENDANCE BOARD POLICY
The Board of Trustees adopted a new attendance policy last March which requires any student with 14 or more absences for illness during the school year to be verified with a physician’s verification. District/school staff shall not inquire about the purpose of a doctor’s appointment but may contact a medical office to confirm the time and date of the appointment. Students will be considered truant for absences in excess of 14 days for illness without a physician’s verification. Please see the link provided for the full board attendance policy.
Counselors Corner Resource Personal-Social Domain including stress management, conflict mediation, grief, and social skills
College and Career Guidance Information about high school graduation requirements, college admissions, and career choices.
Students Helping Students (SHS) This peer tutoring program matches students with a peer tutor for weekly tutor sessions before or after school or during lunch.
Mrs. Deborah Miller - Academic Advisor A-P, IPE Coordinator
Counseling Center - L101
College and Career Center, Groups, Games Room, Guidance Workshops, Bear Den, Antonio's Store
Guidance Dept Waiting Area
Check out the bulletin board with useful tips and information while you wait to see your advisor or counselor.
College Pennant Pinwheel
A small display of the variety of colleges available to students.