Cook's Counseling Corner

Information about the guidance program at MES

January 11 - 15

Monday - Crutcher, Middle School Committee Meeting @ CO

Tuesday - Ruffin, Griffin, Vidaurri, Mittman

Wednesday - Lilienthal, Shelton, Fuller, PST Meetings

Thursday -- Dobbs, Marrazzo, Kelley

Friday -- Williams, Trainer, Learning Academy

*In the event of snow days/delays, I will do the best I can. I hope you know your students mean a lot to me, and guidance lessons are very important to me. I know last year was crazy with missed days. Hopefully we can avoid too many missed days and enjoy those weather days in the spring!

Info for Class - January 11-15

Kindergarten and First Grade will continue the New Year's Resolution focus on how to set realistic goals. We will discuss what resolutions are and try to narrow down a school goal, personal goal, and home goal. I will give examples to guide them and help them create a flip book of their resolutions.

Sixth grade will have an academic focus and discuss the feelings associated with taking tests. Students will be divided into groups and be given Dear Counselor letters. (similar to Dear Abby). The students must determine what feelings the student is going through and offer some helpful, timely advice. We will wrap up the lesson with relaxation techniques to help them when taking a test.

January -- Generous

Generosity can be described as freely sharing what you have with others. It can be an item, help with something, or even time. To be generous means giving something that is valuable to you without the expectation of a reward or return. It can be difficult to be generous; it is in our nature to keep good things for ourselves. However, I encourage all of our students to practice this character trait. Luckily they attend a school where the staff are masters of it.

If you already have your January student in mind for this trait, you may go ahead and submit their name!

Here are the remaining Character Traits:

January - Generous

February - Tolerance

March - Fair

April - Honest

May - Cooperative

Cook's Counseling Crew

Cook's Counseling Crew will meet Thursday (January 14th) in the Media Center @7:30am.

Referral Sheet

Remember if you have a student you are concerned with, you can fill out the referral sheet. It notifies me when you send it that I have a student I need to meet with, and it's documentation.

As always, if it's an emergency email is usually the best way to get in touch with me because I ALMOST always have my phone on me. You can always text me as well (256-542-8798).

Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Mittman

As I was walking down the hall to check on a student, I could not help but stop and stare at a particular classroom. It was a hot mess. There were paper wads all over the classroom. There had to be at least 100 of them scattered throughout the room. I walked in the room, and Mrs. Mittman looked up from her computer and just laughed. They had a snowball fight and would gather up the snowballs to make snowmen later. She and I had a great conversation. We talked about the importance of having fun in school and the importance of play. Earlier she had completed a lesson on spheres and cones with her children. I actually had come in during that lesson to give her something, and Brianna Hodges came running up to me with ice cream on her nose, "We're doing a lesson with ICE CREAM!" She was so excited that I couldn't help but get tickled. Mrs. Mittman confessed she wasn't sure if the students actually focused on the academic portion: spheres and cones. However, those children will remember that lesson for the rest of their lives. Did they get the concept of geometrical shapes.. maybe not. BUT, when they do start learning more about geometry, they will remember that one time they ate ice cream cones and how that was a good day. They will have a positive connection to that academic moment. These children work so hard, but I am so happy to see a staff that puts so much effort and love into their lessons. Our students have so many opportunities to have a good day.

Personality Quiz for the Next Collaboration Day

Here is a great website to determine what your personality type is. It takes about 10-12 minutes to complete. Take the quiz and write down your results to share at our next Collaboration Day. Do NOT share them with anyone. I'm curious about what type of personalities are in the building. We will do an activity with the results. We did something similar to that DMS, and it was interesting to see what personalities your colleagues were and what their assets were. It was SPOT on with me.

A Glimpse of January 6-8