School Counselor News

February 2016 Edition

Calling all Creative Counselors!

Counselors! We are looking for a new and exciting name for our monthly newsletter. Deadlines for entries will be March 15 and you can send your ideas to Phyllis. All entries will be compiled and sent out for voting after that, and the new name will be used in our April Newsletter. The winner will also receive a Starbucks gift card and recognition as the Newsletter Namer!

Beating the Winter Blues

February is here and with it comes the winter blues. For many of us, this month of shortened days and cold temperatures may cause changes in behaviors in our students and ourselves.

Some suggestions to help beat the winter blues include:

1. Keep active. Although the couch is often calling our name when it’s cold and dark, activity helps improve our mood and helps with sleep. Try to schedule some activities that require active participation. Help students brainstorm what activities they can do inside.

2. Eat heathy. Cold weather often changes our appetite. We start craving comfort food that is often high in carbohydrates and fat. Encourage students to help plan menus that include fruits and vegetables.

3. Get outside. The sun is very helpful. Try to get some sunlight every day. Even a brief walk will help. Park farther from your school and enjoy the walk.

4. Limit television and video games and visit with friend and family. Friends and family help lift our mood. Have student talk about what activities they can do indoors that still have them moving.

5. If symptoms persist, consult a doctor. SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a medical condition. For more information, see this article from the Mayo Clinic.


Thank goodness February is the shortest month of the year! Spring will be here soon.


-Phyllis

March District Counselor Meeting

Wednesday, March 9th, 8:30am

Fullerwood Center,10 Hildreth Drive St. Augustine, FL 32084

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Lindsey Page-Creekside High School

Counselor of the Month

I am ecstatic to be the newest member of the Creekside High School Guidance Department! This is my 3rd year as a school counselor, and my 1st year working in St. Johns County. Some of the activities I have sponsored during my career are 4-H, Scholarship Club, College Visits, and National Honor Society. Here in St. Johns, I have the privilege of participating in the amazing Character Counts! Program and Creekside’s Advanced Scholars Program. Outside of work, I am the Florida School Counselor Association’s Chapter Development Chairperson. I am looking to start a St. Johns FSCA chapter, so if anyone is interested in joining, please let me know!


Counselor Tip of the Month

After attending the American School Counselor Association conference in Orlando and hearing about Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, I was inspired to revamp our school’s typical College Week into Reach Higher Week, so that we could celebrate all Post-Secondary Options for students. The week includes visits from College Representatives, Military Recruiters, and Career Specialists so that students are celebrated and inspired by multiple routes of postsecondary options. I love being a school counselor!

Is Counselor of the Month in Your Future?

This is your opportunity to brag about what you are doing in your school counseling program and it gives us a chance to get to know you better! Fill out the form below to be considered for Counselor of the Month!

Do You Have Good News to Share?

Our St. Johns Guidance Director, Denise Sumerix, welcomed a new grandson, Owen, into her family!


Send your good news to Phyllis!

Check out the School Counselor OneNote Notebook!

We would love to have contributions to our District School Counselor OneNote notebook.