LAJH Guidance News

September 2018

The school counselors visited with students in their English Language Arts classes during the week of August 20-24. The counselors discussed the responsibilities of a school counselor, internet/social media safety, and keeping confidentiality of conversations with students, unless a student mentions wanting to harm themselves or others. We also encouraged students to let a school counselor or a trusted adult know about any student that is harming themselves or having thoughts of taking their own life.
During the month of September, National Suicide Prevention Month, we encourage parents to have a conversation with their child or children about mental health. Having an open conversation with your children about difficult topics can help prepare your child for many challenging situations, and it also gives your child the courage to bring up tough issues again in the future. Click on the link below to get tips on how to approach the topic of suicide with your children.

Hispanic Heritage Month

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States by celebrating their heritage and culture.

*Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott's Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest is open to all 4th-12th grade students in the state of Florida. Winners will receive a 4-Year scholarship provided by Florida Prepaid College Foundation! All entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, October 15, 2018.

*The state contest is different from the LAJH art and essay contests. Click on the link below to see more details about the school contests. The deadline for turning in artwork or essays is Wednesday-September 5th.

Duke TIP

Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search helps academically talented students identify their strengths, develop their abilities and interests, and celebrate their achievements at a crucial time when they are forming their identities and looking ahead to the future. Participants learn about their strengths with an above-level test (either the ACT or SAT) and receive benefits like specialized publications and resources, educational guidance, recognition of their abilities, and academic challenges. Enrolling in the 7th Grade Talent Search is also the first step to attending TIP’s renowned online and face-to-face educational programs.

*Students who have a Raw Score ≥ 361 on FSA Math or ≥ 363 on the FSA ELA from 6th grade are eligible to apply. The school counselors at LAJ have identified eligible 7th grade students and they were given a congratulatory letter and pertinent information to share with their parents.

*FSA Scores can be found on the FOCUS Parent Portal by clicking on the "My Child" tab and highlight "Test History".

The Benefits of Enrolling in Duke TIP's Talent Search Programs

Attendance Awareness Month

September is also known as Attendance Awareness Month and it was first celebrated in September 2013. Attendance Awareness Month is a nationwide recognition of the connection between school attendance and academic achievement. Next week, students can show their school spirit and support by participating in a “dress-up” week during September 4-7.

The themes are:

*Tuesday- LAJH Gear

*Wednesday-Wacky Hair


*Friday- Superhero

LAJH in September

September 3: Labor Day (No School)

September 4-7: Spirit Week

September 6: Interim Reports Online

September 13: School Pictures (Retakes)

September 28: Skate Station Fundraiser

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