Westwood Weekly

Week of April 26

School IS NOT Canceled

Testing and Scheduling Information from Mrs. Halamka

Our juniors have been expressing concern over whether or not they'll have the opportunity to take the SAT prior to applying to colleges. While the College Board has canceled their June administration, they will be offering monthly SAT administrations in the fall, starting in August. In addition, there is likely to be a school-administered SAT test (similar to what we were planning on doing in April) in the fall, so that students do not have to register and pay for it on their own. As soon as a date is determined, Mrs. Halamka will be in touch. In the meantime, students are welcome to register for one of the other SAT administrations in the fall.

10th-11th Grade: If you indicated on your course requests that you would like to dual enroll next year, please respond to my email as soon as possible. We have a lot to work out before you can start taking classes!

11th Grade: If you signed up to do an internship next year, please mail your completed internship application into me as soon as possible. The interview process, which is required for internship placement, will still be taking place next month. If you need another copy of the application form, please let me know.

Separating Out What You Can and Can’t Control

Many of us are reaching a point in this process where it feels like we may have hit a wall. I’ve heard this described by others as the “blahs,” lack of motivation, and an array of moods such as frustration, anger, and a general sense of feeling cooped up. As we work to come through this time for ourselves, our family and our community, it is important to assess what things are within our current control. Worry often focuses our attention on the future: uncertain outcomes, distress or danger that we can’t anticipate. It is important here to identify whether this is something you can control or not. Once a worry is categorized, you can then approach it more effectively. Worries about something within our control, can allow us to make a plan of action to approach it more effectively, which can reduce the impact of that stress on our daily lives. Worries that are not within our control however, have a tendency to deplete us, often taking over our thoughts and emotions. Ask yourself, “What am I feeling right now?” On a scale of 1-10, how intense are these feelings? It is important to use coping skills and action steps to change our frame of mind. This may be the time to disengage from the increasing negativity of social media or news outlets. As warmer weather begins its approach, transition to outdoor activities. Use this time to reconnect with old friends. It’s also a great opportunity to consider a new hobby or interest. As we shift our thinking and behavior, we will begin to notice a positive change in our moods.

All my best,

Jamie Dieterle, LMSW CAADC

Nurse Korpi's Update - Food Access and Distribution Update

During times of emergency, it is important to help kids and families know where to find food. Many schools across Michigan are participating in our statewide program to feed children age 18 and younger while schools are closed. In addition, many families and seniors need emergency food to make it through this trying time. A map of nearby agencies can help connect families with food banks, food pantries, and community action agencies who are stepping up their operations to care for the nutritional needs of Michigan’s citizens, young and old. Don’t forget that the local 2-1-1 service is a great resource. Families can call 2-1-1 directly or visit www.mi211.org to find a number of types of assistance, including food assistance organizations. Stay safe!

Mrs. Korpi

Please click on the revised Community Resources for Food Distribution below.

Khan Academy

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