Guidance Dept Newsletter - LFMS
Back to School Newsletter 2016-17 Edition 1
Student of the Month Focus
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.
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.
5 Important Reasons Why We Should Accept Other Peoples Differences
"Man is not fully conditioned and determined,
but rather determines himself
whether he gives in to conditions or stands up to them."
Victor Frankl -
Second Step Classroom Guidance Lessons
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.
Mrs. Deborah Miller - Academic Advisor A-P, IPE Coordinator
Mrs. Alexis Goddard - School Counselor
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance on these days.
Ms. Jamie Heenan - School Counselor Intern
Counseling Center - J208
College and Career Center, Groups, Games Room, Guidance Workshops
Guidance Dept Waiting Area
Check out the bulletin board with useful tips and information while you wait to see your advisor or counselor.
College Pennant Pinwheel
A small display of the variety of colleges available to students.