Talon Talk

Volume 4 Issue 18

➡️ Principal's Update ⬅️

It is Counselor Appreciation Week at HMS! Mr. Conner and Ms. Hanneken are two counselors that make our school a special place. Mr. Conner, our 7th and 8th grade counselor, is also a football and basketball coach, and for the first time, is a full time counselor at the middle school. Mrs. Hanneken, our 6th grade counselor, was hired in late summer and has proven to be an excellent find for HMS! She also serves as our district testing coordinator and co-sponsors Student Council.

Our two fearless counselors put their stamp on HMS in many ways. First, they teach a variety of topics in the classroom, and also create curriculum for the rest of our teachers to deliver during advisory time. In the classroom, they teach a variety of topics that will help students develop interest in career pathways, as well as other key areas. From bully prevention to mindfulness, counselor’s uphold the idea of developing the whole child and meeting social and emotional needs. Secondly, they meet the immediate, responsive needs of our students. Both individually and in small groups, Mr. Conner and Ms. Hanneken spend time each day to provide necessary support and teach students skills to navigate through their many middle school challenges.

If you’ve spent any time with our counselors, you quickly realize that they both love kids. Their kind and patient nature, coupled with their active interest, make them so valuable to not only our students, but our teachers as well. Due to the pandemic, there is a heightened socio-emotional need for our students, and HMS has two of the right people to accomplish our aim. We are lucky to have Mr. Conner and Ms. Hanneken. It is fitting counselors have a week of appreciation in February. They deserve it.

⭐️ Students of the Week ⭐️

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🎨 Artist Showcase 🎨

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🔷 Counselor’s Corner 🔷

Why Kids Need Parents to Talk to Them

As a parent, we become so busy in completing all the tasks associated with that role that sometimes we leave no time for something so very important--talking. Not just any talking, but casual, non-”parental” type talking. One of the number one things I hear from students as a school counselor is they wish they could talk to their parents more and spend more time with them. They may not always display that--and often act quite to the contrary--but they really are longing for a relationship.

Talking and listening is a skill. It can be learned, taught, and improved. We can be bad at it, ok at it, or really good at it. It is every parent’s job to help their kids learn the skill of talking, listening, and regulating emotions. That skill does many things throughout life: improves your bond and helps your child improve future relationships; builds positive self-esteem and feelings of value; and helps them deal with big emotions rather than suppress them and suffer silently.

Ways to improve talks with your child:

  1. Set aside a time without other distractions;

  2. Listen without interrupting;

  3. Be open to whatever your child wants to discuss;

  4. Pay attention and focus on facial expressions and body language;

  5. Make eye contact and repeat back what you hear them say;

  6. Avoid extreme reactions, blame, and criticism;

  7. Be honest.

Read more ideas about how to effectively improve communication with your child here.

📣 Staff Spotlight 📣

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