Knights School Counseling News

Vol 5

Happy New Year!

December flew by and I apologize for not getting this out sooner! Almost all of our seniors have completed college applications and the next big deadline is January 15th. We have been VERY BUSY with the application process in the office, and the Christmas vacation was much needed for us and the students! PSAT scores should be available to juniors that provided their email address on their exam, today January 7th. Paper reports will be mailed to the school and I will review them with the students this month. Sophomore meetings will begin next week and once completed freshman meetings will follow. I know it is only January but we will begin planning for next year in February so the scheduling process will begin soon!

Kindness Task Force

Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 14th-20th with Random Acts of Kindness Day on February 17th. Although we will be on vacation the School Counseling Office will be hosting a day for the whole school as well as addressing topics such as bullying and relational aggression in classroom guidance units. Although the 6th graders are doing their classroom unit currently on Conflict Resolution and understanding feelings behind anger and the 8th graders have already had their classroom guidance unit on bullying other grades will be targeted. I am asking for a group of students that would like to volunteer to help me lead this "task force" and coming up with ways to promote random acts of kindness and teach tolerance, not just in February but all year long.

Wandering Wednesdays

Wandering Wednesdays continue 2x per month. Students are randomly placed at lunch tables together and given conversation starters to encourage students to learn about others outside of their social circle. The second Wednesday in December students received an "Ice Cream Social" from Stewart's because of their active participation in the Career Fair in November. It was a VERY happy lunch!

Book Club

The first quarter Book Club met. 6th grade students that signed up read The Fourteenth Goldfish and explored Science in a 'girls world.' The high school students read Falling Into Place and explored depression and attempted suicide in a high school senior's world and all of the different events and relationships that can contribute to feelings of worthlessness over time. There were no

Second quarter books are El Deafo-a true story about a young girl that loses her hearing due to an illness as a young child and how that affects her. The high school students are reading Elena Vanishing-a memoir concerning adolescent anorexia nervosa.

Advisory Council Meeting

Part of working towards ASCA certification is developing an Advisory Council for the School Counseling Department. An advisory council is a representative group of stakeholders selected (students, faculty, parents, and community members) to review and advise on the implementation of the school counseling program. Meetings are two times a year and will last between 1-1.5 hours. I am hoping the first meeting will occur January 28th at 4pm.

Important Dates

College Panel-1/8/16

Last test date of the CURRENT SAT-1/23/16

First Advisory Council Meeting-1/28/16