The Teal Times

Cox Mill HS - Student Support Services (S3) - 2.24.21

Big picture

Wellness Topic: Triage

Ever go to the Emergency Room (ER)? Did you notice how some people seem to have been waiting for hours while others go back right away to see a doctor and receive care? Why does that happen? One word: triage. What is triage? If you really want to know, swing by Ms. Yow's or Ms. Ripper's classrooms one day or ask a Health Sciences student. Our School Nurse can give you a good sense of triage too.

In a nutshell, triage is assigning a sense of urgency to one thing over another. In an ER, someone who is unable to breathe will receive treatment before another person who has a broken arm, even if the person with the broken arm has been waiting longer. Triage is about prioritizing.

Sometimes in our own lives we have many things that need our attention all at once. Like a nurse or doctor in an ER, we must have a process for deciding which thing is most important. Learning to triage tasks or people that need our attention is a valuable life skill that can help us manage stress and anxiety. Learning to triage can give us a sense of control over chaos.

You have a giant list of things to do, how do you triage the list to figure out what to do first? Great question! Here are some tips:

  1. Take time to understand the items on your list and why they are there.
  2. Decide if an item needs to stay on your list or should be removed.
  3. Arrange or sort the remaining items on your list; sort by deadline to start.
  4. Tag each task as small, medium or large.
  5. Break down large tasks into smaller chunks; ask for help if you need to.
  6. Now triage items into one of four categories: today, tomorrow, this week, or this month.
  7. Get started on your today items (including a chunk from a big task).
  8. Cross off items as you complete them.
  9. Update your triage list each day.
  10. Smile! You deserve it for your hard work!

Here's another way to prioritize or triage (prioritize) ...

How to Prioritize Tasks Effectively: GET THINGS DONE ✔

Paying for College

At the start senior year, a thought on the minds of many seniors often revolves around college admission. Where will I apply? Will I get in? Once those questions begin to be answered, the question becomes: How will I pay for college? Most people pay for college through a variety of funding sources. Click on the links below to learn about each of these.

  1. Savings
  2. Financial Aid
  3. Scholarships
  4. Loans

SEL Lesson - Empathy

This week's SEL Lesson was the second lesson on the topic of empathy. Empathy is the ability to feel someone else's feelings along with them. Empathy is an important skill for building positive social relationships. Be sure to visit our SEL webpage to view each week's lesson. In case you want more, here is the video that was part of this week's lesson at the middle schools. It's a good one too.

Cabarrus County Schools Event for Parents

Big picture

Please join us using the links below.

For the best virtual experience, download the Microsoft Teams App.

You can also click on “Continue in the Browser” when you join the meeting.


Big picture


Ms. Nichols, Spanish Teacher

Years ago - just for fun, I took night classes at Fayetteville Technical Community College. I signed up for Beginning Arabic, Beginning Italian, and a Beginners Sewing Class. The language classes were great! But I still don't know how to use a sewing machine. :-)
Big picture

Cox Mill HS - Student Support Services (S3)

Students experiencing or concerned about a mental health crisis should immediately contact the closest adult or call emergency services.
S3 Homepage

Stay up-to-date on events and opportunities as you build your college & career readiness!