Guidance Dept Newsletter - LFMS
2018-19 3rd Quarter Edition 4
Elective Registration for all LFMS 2019-20 students
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
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
Mr. Dominic Nolan
Senior Managing Director at Pacific Asset Management
David Soop Frison
RN Labor Delivery Nurse, LDRP RN-C OB, C-EFM, MSN
Memorial Care Saddleback Medical Center
Senior Deputy District Attorney
Orange County District Attorney's Office
Senior Assistant District Attorney
Orange County District Attorney's Office
Director, Communications and Public Relations
Pacific Dental Services / Paramount Pictures
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
SECOND STEP CLASSROOM GUIDANCE LESSONS
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.
SMALL GROUPS AND GUIDANCE WORKSHOPS
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.
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.
College and Career Ready
The Guidance Department offers a College and Career Center in the Bear Den, Small Groups, Games Room, Guidance Workshops and more.
Guidance Dept Waiting Area - Career Zones
Check out the bulletin board with useful tips and information on Careers while you wait to see your advisor or counselor.
Guidance Department College Pennant Wheel
A small display of the variety of colleges available to students.