Counselors' Quarterly

October 2019, Quarter 1


Welcome to the Counselors' Quarterly newsletter! The purpose of this newsletter is to communicate with PRMS students & families each quarter. This communication will include information regarding the counseling and social work department, ongoing resources, helpful information, and/or events hosted at PRMS.

Meet Your School Counselor & School Social Worker

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Students are assigned to a counselor by their LAST NAME.

School Counselors:

Emily James (A-G)

Twitter: @TeachMsJames

Amy Northway (H-O)

Twitter: @northwayamy

Aaron Weddle (P-Z)

Twitter: @counselorweddle

School Social Worker:

Josh Lundahl

Twitter: @joshualundahl

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September Included National Suicide Prevention Month

You are not alone

If you or someone you know is struggling, ask for help.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Text "TALK" to 741741

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Have an honest conversation. If you are worried about someone, assume you are the only one who will reach out.

  • Talk to them in private, and tell them you care
  • Listen to their story
  • Avoid debating the value of life, minimizing their problems or giving advice
  • It's okay to ask directly about suicide
  • Encourage them to seek help or to contact their doctor or therapist

Other Ways to get help:

  • Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
  • The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
  • Call 911 for emergencies

October Includes National Mental Health Week & World Mental Health Day

How are we supporting students this October?

On October 10th & 11th, PRMS School Counselors and Social Worker will connect with 7th grade students during their Health class to speak about suicide prevention and awareness. This topic comes as part of the Emotional Health unit 7th graders are currently working on. Additionally, all students have accesses to the resources found below and the option to meet with their counselor as needed. Wondering how else the counseling staff supports students? Contact your student's school counselor to learn more.

Resources for Ankeny Students & Families

TIPS Reporting System

Ankeny Community Schools is dedicated to providing a safe environment for students. One area in which we are focused is bullying prevention. A strong partnership between schools, students and parents can help combat bullying.

If you or your child would like to report a concern:

With TIPS, students and parents can report:

  • Bullying and cyberbullying
  • Threats of suicide
  • Other threats of violence, weapons, drug/alcohol abuse, and more

All reports are confidential, unless you specify otherwise. TIPS is NOT an emergency reporting system. Emergencies should be reported to 911.


LifeWorks has been providing school-based therapy services in the Ankeny School District for over five years. Each Ankeny school building has access to a licensed mental health therapist to provide counseling at the building during the school day, allowing for more time to be spent in the classroom rather than traveling to appointments. Parents can directly refer students to LifeWorks or work with a school counselor to make a referral.

More about LifeWorks HERE

Student Assistance Program (SAP) by EFR

The Student Assistance Program of Employee and Family Resources offers students, parents and school personnel assistance to help them work through a wide range of concerns such as alcohol and other drug use, family or relationship problems, emotional or behavioral problems, court-related incidents or truancy, other problems that interfere with daily living.

The first three sessions are free. Speak with a school counselor or contact EFR directly to learn more.

More about SAP hosted by Employee and Family Resources HERE