Knights School Counseling News

Vol 6

National School Counseling Week

"The question has been posed, "What do school counselors do?" The more important question is, "How are students different as a result of what school counselors do?" To help answer this question, the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) created the ASCA National Model®, which is a framework for a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program." (https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors-members/asca-national-model)

This week is National School Counseling Week and the above statement can help you understand why I want our school counseling program to follow the national model. Following the model will help us provide the most effective school counseling program we can to our students and improve their lives not just in academics but also emotionally, socially, and ready them for life after they leave us.

I wanted to let you know we had a VERY successful Advisory Council Meeting. During this meeting I was able to educate the members about the National School Counseling Model as well as share results of the Needs Assessments. Our next step is to develop goals for our school counseling program for the 2016-2017 year. With their feedback I know what I need to do before we can develop these goals in a few months. I want to send a big THANK YOU to all of you and your children for filling out the Needs Assessments!

Random Acts of Kindness

This month is all about Random Acts of Kindness! Yesterday the students started the day by finding a positive and/or kind quote on every locker and door in the building. They also have been challenged to spend the month performing random acts of kindness and then sharing them on a heart so our "Tree of Kindness" can grow. I have also begun having discussions and educating students on bullying and what it means to truly be kind and respectful to each other. This will take place in religion classes throughout February. Also please check out our Facebook page for daily random acts of kindness that are happening in our world. have hopes that this "kindness" can grow and over time we will see other projects come about in the future. Stay tuned!
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What is Kindness? Teens Respond

Middle School and High School Scheduling

It is hard to believe that we have to begin thinking about next year but we do! I will hold brief meetings either individually or as a class depending on what time allows and how complex a students schedule will be with all students. For example Middle school students will choose a language (current 6th graders) and depending upon the grade and requirements we will look at art and music options. These meetings can be done as a class during their lab period with students choosing what they want. High school students will be more in depth as they have more elective options.

We will also discuss accelerating with 7th grade students and parents. There are specific requirements that must be met in order to accelerate and this also has to be done in both Math and Science. More information will follow.

Current sophomores and juniors have the ability to take AP and College Advanced Placement courses but again there are specific requirements that must be met before students can take these classes.

High School Updates

Sophomore meetings continue although they have been put on hold this week due to shortened periods for Catholic Schools Week. PSAT paper results are in. I will be meeting with both junior homerooms after school to hand back the test booklet and individual results. We will review how to use these results to best help the students prepare for tests ij the near future. I will be offering a practice ACT for juniors on Saturday March 5th at 10am. This will roughly take 3-4 hours. Students interested should sign up ASAP with me. Seniors have a scholarship board in the office and should be checking it regularly.

Book Club

For our next book I have chosen non-fiction reads about The Civil Rights Movement in honor of February being Black History Month.

HS Book Club will read The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell. I have ordered extra copies if any new students would like to join us!

MS Book Club will read Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery. Samantha Loreman is a new undergraduate intern and she will be leading the MS book club so they can read one book a month instead of just one a quarter. Right now I only have 6th graders signed up but would love for some 7th and 8th grade students to join us!

Paul Smith's Spring CAP Bills

Paul Smith's has sent out their Spring bills for Statistics, Sociology, and English Composition II. If your child is in one of these classes and you have not received a bill please contact me immediately! Bills must be paid by April 8th to avoid a late fee.

Important Dates

FAFSA Night (for seniors)-TOMORROW February 4th 4:30pm-7:30pm in the library
ACT Practice Test (for juniors)-Saturday March 5th 10am in the library (YOU MUST SIGN UP)