Mrs. Miller's Weekly Update

Week of February 14 - February 20, 2022

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Today is Super Bowl Sunday, tomorrow is Valentine's Day, and this is Random Act of Kindness Week. What a wonderful time for us to focus on all we are grateful for and to put a conscious effort into being kind to each other.

Acts of kindness can be quick, easy, and free. Let coworkers know you enjoy working with them.Tell a stranger at the store to have a great day. Take an extra minute to hold the door open for someone rather than hustling out the door. Put a sticky note on the mirror in a public bathroom that says something kind or encouraging. Make eye contact with a stranger and share a smile.

The list of ideas is endless.....just Google it or come up with your own thoughts!

I had someone share some kind words with me this past week, and it made my day. Don't underestimate the impact of a few kind words or actions.

I hope we show kindness every day. This week, I challenge each of us to put forth a conscious effort to go out of our way to be kind to people we know as well as those we don't. And remember to be kind to yourself, too!

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****** National School Counseling Week ******

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Mrs. Bierle - GHV High School Counselor

Last week was National School Counseling Week. At our board meeting Thursday, I mentioned how important the role of the school counselor is and how grateful our admin team is for the counselors we have at GHV.

The prevous title of this position used to be "guidance counselor". The primary focus of the counselor in the school system was for vocational planning. However, a few years ago, the American School Counselor Association changed the title from "guidance counselor" to "school counselor" to more accurately reflect the role that counseling has evolved into in our schools. Mental health and social/emotional counseling has become a major part of the school counseling programs across America. As a former high school counselor myself, I can tell you first hand that the responsibilities of a school counselor are immense, intense, and demanding.

With that said, we are so lucky to have Mrs. Bierle as our high school counselor at GHVHS. She has done an amazing job working with our staff and students with regards to our social and emotional needs. Mrs. Bierle meets with many students individually and in small groups to help our teenagers navigate through this crazy world we live in.

In addition, Mrs. Bierle helps students with creating four-year plans to help them select high school courses that will best prepare them for life beyond high school. She also helps with college applications and registration, work experience placements, scholarship applications, and so many other things. The list of duties is too long to share.

Mrs. Bierle goes above and beyond every day for our students. The role of a school counselor is an incredibly important responsibility in education, and Mrs. Bierle is second-to-none.

When I think of all the things I'm grateful for, having Mrs. Bierle as our GHV High School Counselor always makes my list! We are so lucky to have her!

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Mrs. Mitchell - Alternative Program Teacher & Student Advocate

Although Mrs. Mitchell is not officially titled as a GHV school counselor, I want to recognize her as well. Mrs. Mitchell has her school counseling degree and is an incredible asset for our kids. She is in charge of our PASS Program (Providing Alternative School Success) and also works with students in a supervised study hall environment to help them organize their work and to provide 1:1 and small group assistance to help them with their learning.

GHV is fortunate to have Mrs. Mitchell in our district to advocate for our students and their learning!

Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Bierle and I meet weekly to discuss the needs of our kids academically, socially, and emotionally. Often there are no easy answers, but we partner together to do what is best for our kids. I can't imagine doing my job without them!


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Weekly Calendar

Monday, February 14

6:30 p.m. - Boys District Basketball (H) - Forest City vs. Central Springs

8:00 p.m. - Boys District Basketball (H) - GHV vs Belmond-Klemme


Tuesday, February 15

7:00 p.m. - HS Pops Concert

Wednesday, February 16

One Hour Early Dismissal

7:45 a.m. - NHS Meeting

12:00 p.m. - GAP Meeting @ Garner Public Library

Thursday, February 17

UNI Jazz Festival

Boys District Basketball @ Osage

3:10 p.m. - NHS Tapping

Friday, February 18

Teacher Professional Development Day - No School for Students

Saturday, February 19

GHV Sports Boosters Girls Basketball Tournament

All-State Large Group Speech Festival @ Ames

Sunday, February 20

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Post Prom “All You Can Eat” Breakfast Fundraiser-Garner VFW

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