Counseling Through Connections

Quarter 2

6th Grade Visit - Hopkins

Mrs. Hopkins has been conducting "Minute Meetings" with her 6th graders. Every student will have the opportunity to meet with the counselor and share interests and/or concerns related to being at OMS. Mrs. Hopkins is looking forward to a positive and productive second semester!

7th Grade Visit - Meek

Image is a topic that middle schoolers can certainly relate to and talk about! Mrs. Meek visited with her 7th grade classes to discuss the various factors that may influence a person's body image and tips were provided on how to handle the changes one may experience during the middle school years. The class talked about the various types of messages magazines, TV, and internet advertisements send to young adults about self image. Hopefully students realized they are not alone when it comes to insecurities or lacking self-confidence. Students received tips on how to have a positive body image. Please see the attachment below for the tips to a healthier self image.

8th Grade Visit - Reid

Mrs. Reid reviewed the 16 Career Clusters with her 8th grade students and introduced a Naviance lesson on the iPad. Naviance is a College and Career Readiness program Oakridge Middle has adopted this year. Students have already been working on lessons during their mentoring groups. Mrs. Reid also began talking with her 8th graders about the electives offered at Clover High School and talking with them about their IGP's. An IGP stands for Individual Graduation Plan. These plans begin in the 8th grade and will be conducted each year with a counselor once in high school. Mrs. Reid will be sharing more about this in the upcoming months.
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Job Shadow Day - March 18

This year Job Shadow Day will be on Friday, March 18. We are using a different model for school-wide Career to College Readiness this year. Grade 8 will have the opportunity to go off campus for their Job Shadow Day experience. All other students will remain on campus for the day. Grade 7 will hear career speakers share about their education and work experience. Grade 6 will participate in a Virtual Job Shadow Activity where they will begin to explore careers that interest them. Please save the date for JSD 2016. More information to follow.

Students Making a Difference

After some 7th graders heard a school counseling lesson in December on self image and how we treat ourselves and others, a couple of students decided to take this lesson to heart! One of the tasks during the lesson was to write down a compliment intended for another student in their class (without mentioning any names). These compliments were read to the class. Everyone loves a compliment from time to time, right?

The evening after this lesson, one student took it upon herself to spend her own time writing 100 compliments for her team! She sent an email stating she was inspired and asked if she could post these compliments on her teams' lockers. The next morning as she was participating putting the compliments in the lockers, another student saw and wanted to help as well. What a chain reaction! LOVE seeing this at OMS!!! One of our mentoring lessons in December included reading The Starfish Story. Read below to understand how to be a thrower of stars like these students have been at our school!

The Starfish

A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.

She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”

The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied,

“Well, I made a difference to that one!”

The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.

- adapted from the Star Thrower

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High Flying EAGLE Winners - Quarter 2

Each quarter, students are recognized for their High Flying EAGLE character. Please see the flyer below to see what types of behavior teachers are looking for each quarter.

Congratulations to the following students!!! They will receive pizza and a soda at lunch in January.

6th Grade:

Alvarez, Damian

Anderson, Alexus

Bhatt, Kinjel

Cooper, Iliana

Fullerton, Caide

Garver, Olivia

Glenn, Nicky

King, Elijah

Kinney, Noelle

Lingenfelter, Kylie

Marty, Grace

Meek, Sullivan

Shoaff, Niko

Underwood, Ella

Wallace, Ginny

Walters, Reagan

7th Grade:

Allen, William

Bangert, Sam

Byrd, Haylee

Davis, Elizabeth

Dawes, Nathan

Fray, Rae Lynn

Huskey, Autumn

McCombs, Brenna

Moore, Mattie Jane

Morton, Isaiah

Smith, Alexa

Starnes, Ben

Tomko, Alina

Turner, Amber

Walden, Dylan

Williams, Emily

Womack, Baker

8th Grade:

Blair, Ian

Carpenter, Casey

Carroll, Jazzy

Cole, Kristen

Dragun, MacKenzie

Glenn, Ali

Jenkins, Ben

King, Grace

Martin, Olivia

McConnell, Ann Mason

Miller, Chase

Nocero, Monica

Osborne, Morgan

Pearson, Kate

Pettus, Molly

Walden, Hailey

OMS School Counselors

Mrs. Hopkins - 6th grade
Mrs. Meek - 7th grade
Mrs. Reid - 8th grade