HMMS School Counseling Newsletter

October 2020

Dear HMMS Students, Families and Staff,

Hi there! My name is Katie Whitney and I am the school counselor at Henry Moss Middle School. I am excited to try something new this year by keeping our community in the know with this quarterly newsletter. Let me start by introducing myself. This is my 14th year in education and I have spent all of those years as a proud member of Dragon Nation! My first 10 years were spent at Warren Elementary where I served students and families as a Kindergarten teacher, a Reading Intervention teacher, and as the school counselor. The last 3 years have been spent serving the students, staff, and families of HMMS. Many people questioned my decision to move up from my sweet elementary babies to working with teenagers, but what can I say? I LOVE TEENAGERS!


I was born and raised in Louisville, Ky. I landed in beautiful Bowling Green in August of 2000 to attend WKU and have been here since. Ten years ago, I married my college sweetheart. I have a sweet and sassy daughter that started Kindergarten this year and a cool, calm, and collected step-son who is in his second year at SKYCTC. I am passionate about social-emotional learning, practicing mindfulness, prayer, University of Louisville football, and Reese Cups (specifically pumpkins, trees, and eggs)!


Please feel free to reach out to me with concerns, questions and/or feedback! In the spirit of transparency, I will say that I am generally much quicker at responding through email, but I will return voicemails ASAP. If you would like for me to talk with your student, I have included a link for the Counselor Referral Form I utilize for teachers, students and families to make appointments to see me.


HMMS phone number: 270-843-0166

Email: katherine.whitney@warren.kyschools.us

Counselor Referral Form: https://forms.gle/QCru97XyuP3FSBis6


SIncerely,

Ms. Whitney

Moss Middle School Students and Staff Enjoyed a visit from Beau, one of WCPS Therapy Dogs

HMMS Students Participate in Social Emotional Learning

Middle School is undoubtedly one of the most difficult and yet most crucial times in the human experience. Pre-teens and teens are trying to navigate that period of time between being a little kid and an adult and along with that comes puberty, emotional chaos, and trying to fit in with peers. To help students navigate this time in life, Warren County Schools and Moss Middle School have began using the Second Step for Middle School Curriculum. Our first 5 lessons focused on building community in our school and classes. As we move forward, students will explore mindsets and goals, thoughts, emotions and decision making, and managing relationships and social conflicts.

Midterms and Quarter Grades: What's the Difference?

Our school year operates on a quarterly calendar. That means that our school year is broken into 4 parts. Quarters are 9 weeks long. About halfway through each quarter, teachers will post midterm grades. Midterm grades are essentially a checkpoint for families and students so you know where your grades stand. You can use your midterm grades to think about the goals you have for your grades and determine what you need to do to achieve your grade goals. So, if you have a C in Math, but your goal is a B, you know you need to study a little more, stay for ESS, or see if you have all of your assignments turned in. Quarter grades are the official grade for that quarter and will be issues about every 9 weeks. When one quarter ends and a new one begins, it's almost like a reset and you get to start over. Transitions between quarters is also a great time to reflect on how you did in the previous quarter and what you can work on to achieve your goals for the next quarter. Quarter grades also contribute to your final grade for the school year. The final grade is an average of all 4 quarter grades and is only issued at the end of the school year. While grades are officially posted at midterm and quarter marks, students and families can always access the most up to date grades on Infinite Campus.

Mindfulness Minute

Mindfulness is all about focusing on the present and being aware of your own emotions. It is easy to become distracted from the things that deserve our attention, especially when we become anxious. Utilizing mindfulness strategies can help refocus and calm your mind. The 5-4-3-2-1 activity below is one of my favorites. Start by taking deep breathes in through your nose and out through your mouth and continue to breathe as you focus briefly on each of your five senses. This activity can be done with your eyes closed or open.
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Mark Your Calendar!

October 30

Quarter 1 grades will be ready to view on Infinite Campus.

November 3

No school for election day! Please vote!

November 11

Veteran's Day Be on the lookout for information regarding the HMMS Veteran's Day program.

December 2

Quarter 2 midterm mark! Midterm grades will be posted in Infinite Campus December 4th.

December 21 - January 1

No school for Winter Break! Instruction will resume on January 4.

January 11

End of Quarter 2, we are halfway through the school year! Quarter 2 grades will be posted in Infinite Campus January 13.

Resources for Families