School Counselor Connection

December 2015

Giving Tree

If you would like to spread some holiday cheer for families in need, please stop by the office to grab an ornament for the Giving Tree. This is a program to give back to Riverview Families who may need a little extra assistance during this season. Thank you for your generosity and for giving!

Classroom Connection

Students in grades K-6 meet bi-weekly for guidance class. During this class, students learn about different life skills that help them be successful in their academic, social, and emotional parts of their lives. In grades 7 and 8 students meet for different units that help them learn more about careers, health, and social/emotional well-being.

During the month of November, students worked on giving gratitude to people that mean so much to them: parents, teachers, coaches, etc. Students in grades 3-5 wrote ¨Thanks for Giving" letters to someone of their choice to express their gratitude. When we learn to express gratitude it boosts our emotional well-being and people that express thanks are proven to be happier! What a great reason to encourage our children to give thanks!

Students in Kindergarten are continuing to learn from the research-based curriculum, Second Step. Students are learning skills for learning and about their feelings. Fifth and sixth grade students continue to learn about different types of bullying from the book, Confessions of a Former Bully. The students are actively discussing types of bullying and ways to control it.

Our seventh grade students learned about different character traits; such as: integrity, responsibility, respect, patience, and had to collaboratively work on definitions of these terms and apply those terms to their lives. Our eighth grade students see me for Health class and will start Career Cruising after the holidays.


Has your child come home and said they got a TOPS card? This means that an adult in our school noticed them doing something to be safe, responsible or respectful. Teachers fill out TOPS cards and twice a month, students receive a small piece of candy or trinket for receiving a card. If they do receive a card, their name gets entered into the ¨Big Draw." Fifteen winners are drawn monthly to have donuts and juice with Mrs. Zackery. The kids pictures get taken and a group photo is taken, too. We have lots of kids earning TOPS cards! So happy to see so many kids making good choices!

Peer Mentoring

Over 30 eighth grade students signed up to participate in the Peer Mentoring Program. This pairs up an eighth grade student with a fourth grade student to have lunch together once per week. The Peer Mentors take a small group of fourth graders and talk about academic skills and use the time to form relationships with the students. The fourth grade students love the chance to connect with an eighth grader who they can look up to and learn from.

Mrs. Laura Stutzman, School Counselor