Ms. Rush's Last 2016-17 Newsletter
Let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality. ~Malala Yousafzai
A Fond Adieu!
Important Work for These Last 9 Weeks
High School Course Selection
Kids playing the "Choices and High School" Game at lunch
Daniels Teachers Say...
Adequate study skills (52%)
Adequate organizational skills (68.4%)
An ability to identify appropriate high school classes to meet educational needs/goals (26.3%)
An ability to identify educational goals (47.4%)
An ability to identify skills required for career (47.4%)
An ability to identify the recreational and leisure activities that interest them (10.5%)
An ability to identify and utilize coping skills that help them when things are difficult (52.6%)
Participation in at least one leisure or recreational activity that interests them (31.6%)
An ability to set and monitor goals (52.6%)
An ability to self-advocate with teachers when they have questions or concerns (47.4%)
An ability to verbalize needs and concerns appropriately in social interactions with peers/friends (73.7%)
An ability to take responsibility for own actions (78.9%)
An ability to adequately manage their time (63.2%)
Ms. Rush's School Counseling Topics This Quarter
All 8th Grade students will complete a career interest inventory, play a game about "Choices and High School", and write a goal/letter to their future 9th grade selves. Some of the students have played the "Choices" game already at lunch. Ask your students about this lesson/activity!
Student Services will present a series on study tips/strategies. The strategies will be aired during the Morning News, announced by teachers in homeroom, and posted on the classroom TVs each Friday as a reminder for the students. Some of the tips will come from the book, Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. If you'd like to find out more about the book, you can read the reviews on https://www.amazon.com/Make-Stick-Science-Successful-Learning/dp/0674729013/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1490531542&sr=8-1&keywords=make+it+stick
Human Trafficking (mandated by WCPSS)
This lesson will be presented during Smart Lunch. A letter will be sent home to 8th Grade parents in advance of the lesson.
Picture of kids playing the "Choices" Game with Silver Surfers Teachers
Last Tips for High School! (A "to-do" list for the students and talking points for parents.)
1. Get a current physical, if you want to play sports, and submit that documentation to the school in a timely manner.
2. Review all clubs/extracurricular activities listed on the school website. Make a list of a few that interest you.
3. Make a list of important dates/deadlines - 9th Grade camp/orientation, workout dates for sports, application deadlines for certain clubs, etc.
4. Anticipate areas of difficulty for you. Create a plan now to overcome those challenges.
5. Schedule a session with your school counselor each year. Review your grades and course selections with him/her to ensure that your efforts are meeting your long term goals!
6. Remember the power of reputation. Make good choices!
7. Take responsibility for your own learning. Be your own advocate.
8. Enjoy high school. Have fun!!