KN Counseling Newsletter



Wednesday, November 2nd; 5p @ KNMS Library

We want to hear from you! As a Comprehensive School Counseling Program, we are always wanting feedback on what is going well, what isn't going well, & what ideas you have for improvement!

This is an open invite to all KN staff, families, students, and local community partners!

The agenda will include a brief recap of the KN Comprehensive School Counseling Program, concerns we are seeing with our students, and a chance to get feedback from our council members on how to continue to improve the KN Counseling Program and, ultimately, how to best help our students succeed. Please bring with you items of interest, concerns, questions, and/or ideas you would like to share with the team. District counselors and other district personnel will be on hand to answer questions and facilitate discussion. Our team cannot be effective without you, and we sincerely seek your input to make our district the best it can be!

Interested? Fill out the RSVP form below:


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November Panther Pantry
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KNE - Amie Wheeler & WE - Jennifer Watson

WE/KNE November Lessons:

Week 1:

Class Discussion - Empathy

Book Reading - Hey Little Ant (K-2); Last Stop on Market Street (3-5)

Activity - Stand in My Shoes

Week 2:

Class Discussion - Gratitude

Activity - Thankful Turkey (K-2); Thankful Pumpkin (3-5)

KNMS - Heather Wallace & Taylor Morrison

November Counseling Calendar - NO LESSONS as we gear up for CAREER DAY!

S2S First Friday - November 4th during Advisory

(This is an event for all new students as a fun check-in)

Mrs. Wallace & Mrs. Morrison will be out of the building on November 7th & 8th to attend the Missouri School Counselor Association Conference


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Interested? Contact Heather Wallace (see below for contact info)


Check out the KNMS Virtual Counseling Center! Click here to enter.

Check out our newly designed website HERE.

KNHS - Hailee Wickham & Leslie Lambkin

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 1st - Suicide Prevention Training for Juniors and Seniors

  • November 9th - Marine Recruiter at 11:30am

  • November 10th - ASVAB Testing for Juniors

  • November 10th - UCM College Rep during Panther Hour

  • November 14th - Northwest Missouri State University Rep during Panther Hour

  • November 15th - FAFSA Frenzie at State Fair for Seniors and their Parents (see KNHS counselors for more details)

  • November 15th - National Guard Rep during Lunch

  • November 4th - Deadline for December 10th ACT Date (if you need a fee waiver please see Mrs. Wickham)

**If you are in need of an ACT Fee Waiver please contact Hailee Wickham (

Your KNHS Counselors send out weekly emails with a variety of amazing opportunities for students! Encourage your child to look at those in case one would be a great fit for them!

Home Discussion - Fostering Resiliency in Our Youth

Bike riding, fort building, rock collections and swimming are a few of the things that come to mind when recalling childhood. A youth’s younger years should be filled with memories rooted in innocence, bliss, and creativity. When we think of our early life we are typically taken back to a time when life seemed a little more simple.

However, this may not be the case for upcoming generations. The AAP, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and Children’s Hospital Association have declared a national emergency in children’s mental health, citing the serious toll of the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to existing challenges.

“Young people have endured so much throughout this pandemic and while much of the attention is often placed on its physical health consequences, we cannot overlook the escalating mental health crisis facing our patients,” AAP President Lee Savio Beers, M.D., FAAP, said in a statement.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers report that between March and October 2020, emergency department visits for mental health emergencies rose by 24% for children ages 5-11 years and 31% for children ages 12-17 years. In addition, emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempt increased nearly 51% among girls ages 12-17 years in early 2021 compared to the same period in 2019.

“We are caring for young people with soaring rates of depression, anxiety, trauma, loneliness, and suicidality that will have lasting impacts on them, their families, their communities, and all of our futures,” said AACAP President Gabrielle A. Carlson, M.D.

While these organizations are making recommendations such as increased federal funding, improved access to care, integration of mental health and advancing policies, it begs the question, ‘what can be done on a day-to-day basis to increase youths’ mental well-being and resilience in the midst of such stress?’

Here are some suggestions based on the RISE: Wellness and Resilience Framework.

  • Ensure access to adaptive and healthy Relationships in a youth’s life
    • Help them identify adults they trust
    • Spend at least 30 minutes in connection
    • Be a good role model

  • Increase their indicators of well-being (safety, connection & belonging, meaning & purpose, efficacy)
    • Aim for predictability and consistency
    • Establish routines
    • Get them involved and a part of something
    • Help them find their passion
    • Volunteer or engage in helping others
    • Do goal setting and focus on perseverance
    • Help them identify their strengths and ways to use them

  • Build their Social and emotional development
    • Help your child identify their emotions
    • Help them identify others emotions
    • Practice using coping skills

  • Allow opportunities for Enhancing their mind, body and spirit
    • Practice gratitude
    • Assist with learning and engaging in healthy eating
    • Teach them and model healthy sleeping habits
    • Disconnect from screens and social media
Helping youth learn how to overcome challenges while supporting their struggles can be a difficult balance. By taking time to cultivate a youth’s resilience and well-being, you can help invest in one of the most important things that will influence our future; our youth.

Article Source HERE


KNE - Amie Wheeler -

WE - Jennifer Watson -

KNMS - Heather Wallace -

KNMS - Taylor Morrison -

KNHS - Hailee Wickham (Last Names A-I) -

KNHS - Leslie Lambkin (Last Names J-Z) -