Guidance Dept Newsletter - LFMS

Back to School Newsletter 2016-17 Edition 1

Student of the Month Focus

The Academic Advisors and School Counselor are excited to have students back on campus. Our Student of the Month awards will focus on three areas this year - Academic Excellence, Outstanding Effort, and Leadership focus in the area of our monthly PRIDE theme. Teachers and staff will be looking for students who portray excellence in one of these areas. Students of the Month will be recognised during PRIDE time. The 1st Quarter Leadership expectations are as follows:


Pride Expectation: Positive

Positive is defined as something that is good or useful.

Theme: The focus this month is to build positive relationships. Students can build positive relationships by demonstrating positive communication skills and being a positive role model with their teachers and peers. Students who show a positive attitude and good behavior in their classes help others build positive relationships with their teachers and peers as well. The challenge this month is for students to find one new adult or peer to form a connection with at Las Flores MS.


Pride Expectation: Respectful

Respectful means to show consideration or regard for someone or something; to show admiration for someone; to be morally correct.

Theme: This month's focus is about respecting differences. There are many ways students can respect differences. Students can respect differences by understanding that others may have different views or opinions about things especially if they are from a different culture or background than their own. Taking care to listen to others and valuing and accepting differences is one way. The challenge this month is for students to take time to learn something new about another person's culture or background.


Pride Expectation: Integrity

Integrity is the quality of being honest and fair; adhering to a code of moral values by knowing and doing what is right.

Theme: This month's focus is about making good choices. Having integrity means people trust you to be reliable in making the right choices. It is easy sometimes to be influenced by peers and go along with what others are doing. Good choices are harder to make than poor ones. Your challenge this month is to step outside the circle when you see friends or peers making bad choices and help them make the right choice. Stand up for the right choice rather than stand on the sideline and say nothing.

Upcoming Workshops

All Workshops are held in the Counseling Center - J208 unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, - September 14 - 8:30 - 9:30 am Chalk Walk Competition Workshop

Are you creative? Join us in the J Quad below the Counseling Center where students will be able to work individually or with others (up to groups of 3) to draw/color a picture scene that displays 'Respecting Differences' or "Building Positive Relationships" using chalk in one of the J Quad squares. Prizes will be awarded to the top three artists who show the best scene that meets our August or September themes of the month.

Thursdays and Fridays during September - Lunch - Make a Friend, Bring a Friend

Bring your lunch and join us for some fun game activity in the Counselling Center. Come build some positive relationships with your peers!

Wednesday, - October 12th 8:30-9:30 - Speaker (to be announced).

The guidance team will host a speaker this month on how to help students make good choices. More information to be provided at a later date.

Additional Workshops will be added during the year and posted on the school website and future newsletters. There will be workshops offered the 2nd Wednesday of each month centered around the School's Theme of the Month.

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Sometimes people only see what's above the ground and fail to see what is growing beneath. These roots symbolize your foundation and define who you are capable of being. Strong roots make a strong foundation to help you make good choices in life. Refrain from being superficial and allow good seeds to grow in you by making good choices. Showing kindness, good character and being authentic in your actions will help you build positive relationships. Click on each of the titles above and below to read more about how making good choices helps you build positive relationships while respecting differences all at the same time.
Life Lessons sharing and respecting others

5 Important Reasons Why We Should Accept Other Peoples Differences

This insight into respecting differences in others by Seline Shenoy discusses how accepting differences in others helps us appreciate the diversity on our world. One excerpt from Shenoy's insight is to "take the time to observe the people passing by...and appreciate whatever it is that makes them different from you." To read about the 5 Important Reasons, click here.
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"Man is not fully conditioned and determined,

but rather determines himself

whether he gives in to conditions or stands up to them."

Victor Frankl -

Pocahontas Colors of the Wind Lyrics
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"The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively." Bob Marley
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Second Step Classroom Guidance Lessons

Mrs. Goddard, School Counselor will also be conducting quarterly classroom guidance lessons to all grade levels during the school year. The first lesson during the first quarter of the year focuses on applying communication skills and defining empathy for students when 'working in groups' during their classroom lessons.

Quicklink Resources

Guidance Webpage Information and/or links on the Academic Domain such as study skills, test taking, tutoring resources, and useful links for help with English writing and Math skills

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.

Ms. Teri Graffeo - Academic Advisor Q-Z

Ms. Graffeo splits her responsibilities with Ladera Ranch MS. She will be available on site at Las Flores MS on Tuesdays and Fridays. You may also reach her via email.

Mrs. Alexis Goddard - School Counselor

MS, PPS School Counseling

Mrs. Goddard will have a substitute filling in for her on Thursdays and Fridays until the end of September while she fills in for our District Head Counselor. You may contact Ms. Briana Ganger at if you need assistance on these days.

Ms. Jamie Heenan - School Counselor Intern

Ms. Heenan is a graduate counselling student at Concordia University and is completing her internship with Las Flores Middle School. She is available Mondays and Wednesdays.

Mrs. Sonia Eatmon - School Psychologist

Mrs. Lynda Sherman - Registrar, Guidance Secretary

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.