Bulldog Counseling News
This newsletter's purpose is to share events and information from the Counseling Department. Please contact your counselor should you need further or specific information.
Here is a link to our Bowie Counselors.
If You're New to Bowie Here's a Tour!
Please take a few minutes to take a Bowie tour with Mr. Garcia on his extensive and fun trek around campus. Who even knew we had a cave?!
Virtual Learning Can Be Challenging: How to Bounce Back
The counselors have been steadily meeting with students that are struggling with online learning. Each student and situation is unique, but the strategies below can help them stay on track to finish this semester strong! If your student is struggling in their classes, please have them reach out to their counselor to set up a time to meet and brainstorm ways to help them with virtual learning.
Remember, your semester grade determines if you receive credit for the class. Your semester grade will be the average of the three 6-week grading periods and your final exam. This is the grade that is listed on your transcript. Even if you did not pass the first 6-weeks, there is still time to improve your semester grade by improving each of your 6-weeks grades!
Click here for Tips to Bounce Back
Need Help From Your Teachers?
Online learning has presented challenges of all kinds. You might feel that you need more help from your teachers, whether you’re stuck on an assignment, confused about due dates, or unsure where to find a link in Blend.
Click here for some things you can do when you need to ask for help.
Study Skills and Tips for Students and Parents
Whether you are learning virtually or in school, these tips are for you. We recognize this is uncharted territory for us all, but together, we can do great things! Please look at this list and see which of these you’re already doing and which will help you be even more successful.
Managing Stress with Upcoming Holidays
Parent-Teen Activity: Cooking Together
With fall and delicious holiday meals approaching, cooking together can be a fun activity. Cooking together builds so many skills, but eating meals together is also a win. Eating with family helps prevent mental health issues and promotes emotional and psychological well being for the entire family! Click here to read more.
Most of us have heard of Mindfuless, a mental awareness and focus on staying present, and its benefits. In these challenging times, we need opportunities to tune in and de-stress often. Here is a link to our very own AISD Mindfulness guru, James Butler. His Mindfulness Moments are short and effective. Please join him to set or re-set your day.
Here are three very good links for staying positive during challenging times. It’s been a long road and the best of it is recognizing we can do the tough things. And, with a focus and mindset, we can stay positive. Please click on these links for more information:
Parent-Teen Activity: Cooking Together
College and Career Corner
The College and Career Center (CCC) is busy these days and in the midst of college application season. Here is some timely information for our students. Please click on this link to learn more about:
College and Career Resources
College and Career Fit Sessions
Virtual College Tours and Presentations
Also, please visit the CCC at this link!
Mental Health: Managing the Holidays with Less Stress
It’s hard to imagine the holidays are right around the corner! For some, the holidays are a time of rest and celebration, for others they can highlight loss or be a source of stress. With the added conditions of COVID-19, this holiday season could be particularly challenging for many. In general, it is not uncommon for people to experience depression or anxiety around the holidays and that could be significantly worse or even new for some this year. The counselors want to remind all students and parents to take extra care of themselves this season. Pay particular attention to feelings of loneliness, sadness, fatigue, tension, or a sense of loss. Specific factors that can trigger the holiday blues include a reduction in sunlight, changes in your diet or routine, over-commercialization, or the inability to be with friends and family.
Click here for Coping Strategies
Remember that your health and wellness should always be a top priority. If your student could use some additional support around this time don’t hesitate to reach out to us.