Guidance Dept Newsletter - LFMS

2018-19 3rd Quarter Edition 4

Elective Registration for all LFMS 2019-20 students

Please check our Guidance Webpage under Enrollment and Elective Registration for continued updates about registering for electives for next school year. Current 6th and 7th grade students attended elective registration presentations on February 25th during their elective class period. Students should have completed their elective choices through the Parent Portal as well as competing the Online Elective Form. If you missed the registration, you may complete a Late Registration Form linked here and available in the Enrollment and Elective Registration Locker.

Incoming 6th grade students from our feeder schools visited Las Flores on Friday, March 1st. The parent portal is open to register electives for this grade from 3/1 to 3/12. Parents should also completed with their child the Online Elective form which was due March 12th. If you missed the March 12th deadline, you will be unable to register on the Parent Portal but may still use the Late Registration Form linked here.

If you would like to set up a meeting with your academic advisor to discuss your choices, please email Mrs. Miller or Mrs. Graffeo or stop by to see us during break, lunch or before/after school.

Summer School Classes for High School Freshman

Summer school information will be available and published on the 9th Grade Registration tab of the Guidance Enrollment and Elective Registration webpage as soon as it is available. Registration will not begin before spring break. Please continue to check the LFMS webpage for updated information.

January was College and Career Month!

The week of January 22-25th was full of activities for students and included the following: PRIDE class College Door Decorating contest judged by our District Coordinator of Counseling and our PTA members; a dress for success/career day; a lunchtime Collegiate Maze where students volunteered to research a college and make a poster or tri-fold about the college for a raffle prize then all students were provided a maze questionnaire to answer questions from the projects for a chance at a raffle. And to cap off the week students were invited to hear 3 speakers of their choice at our annual Career Day with 32 speakers for students to select from and hear 3 each. Most students who signed up attended at least two or all three of the speakers they selected; due to high popularity of some speakers, some students were assigned one speaker.

A Few of our Volunteer Speakers

February was Kindness Month

Student of the Month Focus

Our Student of the Month awards focus on three qualities - Academic ExcellenceOutstanding Effort, and a Leadership focus in the area of our monthly PRIDE theme. Teachers and staff look for students who portray excellence in one of these areas. Students of the Month are recognised during PRIDE time. The 3rd Quarter Leadership expectations are as follows:


Pride Expectation: Positive

Positive is defined as a good, or useful quality or feature; to show acceptance or approval. For example, being positive means to believe in the good qualities of someone or something or to be hopeful or optimistic.

Theme: The focus this month is Starting the Year Positively. It's a new semester and a new year. Start with a clean slate and set positive goals for yourself. Identify a short-term goal that will help you start the year positively!


Pride Expectation: Respectful

Respectful means to show high regard or courtesy.

Theme: This month's focus is Building a Caring Community. A student may help build a caring community in our school as well as our local community by actively supporting and participating in activities within the school and local community. Students may show their involvement in their school community by participating in programs such as the Peer Tutoring Program or Pride Stars Program.


Pride Expectation: Integrity

Integrity means total honesty and sincerity; to adhere to a moral and ethical code.

Theme: This month's focus is about Having Integrity Online. Having integrity online includes both academic and social integrity. Students should continue to evaluate their digital footprint and online presence as first begun following the February I Can Help Assembly.

Supporting the Ronald McDonald House

Recycled tabs help support our local RMH, a "home-away-from-home" for families of seriously ill children being treated at local hospitals. Save your pop tabs form your soda cans, energy drinks, vegetable and soup cans, pet food cans, etc. and bring them in to your PRIDE class. Last day to collect is March 30th.
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The School Counselor provides a minimum of quarterly classroom guidance lessons to all grade levels during the school year.

6th grade lessons in Quarter 3 focused on Operation Organization and on Emotions - Brains and Body.

7th graders will have bi-weekly classroom guidance lessons through their social science classes throughout the school year. Lessons for Quarter 3 include Responding to Bullying, Cyber Bullying, Sexual Harassment and Understanding Anger.

8th graders lessons covered during the 3rd quarter are on Sexual Harassment.

If you have questions regarding the content of any Second Step Lessons, please see our counselor, Mr. Corral.


In addition to the many classroom guidance lessons provided by our school counselor, a variety of small groups will be offered throughout the year. Students will be screened and identified for specific groups using data collected throughout the school year and through Needs Assessments completed by students, parents, and school staff. Groups may include Stress Management, Student Success Skills, Girls Groups, Self Regulation, High School 101 and other groups as needs are identified.

Guidance Workshops shall be advertised at various times throughout the school year. Previous year events have included Chalkwalks based on monthly themes, College and Career Fair Competitions, Career Exploration workshops, and more. Homework Club and Peer Tutoring are additional activities that shall be offered during the school year by your Guidance Team.

PTSA Parent Educational Evenings

Mark your calendars for the following parent informational evening events sponsored by our Tesoro Family Schools Parent Teacher Student Associations. All events are open to our Tesoro Family School parents.

Monday, March 25th - Safe from the Start- Las Flores Middle School MPR 6:30-7:30 PM

Tuesday, May 14th – Topic TBA –Las Flores Middle School MPR 6:30-7:30 PM

Additional dates may be added. More information on future events will be posted on the Las Flores Middle School website as it becomes available.

Quicklink Resources

Guidance Webpage Information and/or links on the Academic Domain such as study skills, test taking, tutoring resources, and useful links for help with English writing and Math skills

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.

Ms. Teri Graffeo - Academic Advisor Q-Z

MA - Counseling

Ms. Graffeo splits her responsibilities with Ladera Ranch MS. She will be available on site at Las Flores MS on Mondays and Tuesdays. You may also reach her via email.

Mr. Omero Corral

MAEd - Educational Counseling, PPS School Counseling

Ms. Lindsay Depass - School Psychologist

Brook Goins - Registrar, Guidance Secretary

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.