Volume 1 Issue 3
Message from the President
FACES of LCSCA
Keri Tutterrow (LCSCA Secretary)
2015 LCSCA AWARDS
LCSCA School Counselor of the Year Nomination
The nomination covers the following questions:
1. How does this counselor contribute to student growth and achievement?
2. What impact does this school counselor have on the students at your school?
3. What impact does the school counselor's professionalism have on the staff and other stakeholders at your school?
Forms are due to Jo Marie Larrimore (JoML@leeschools.net) by either e-mail or pony by March 25th, 2015 .
Administrator of the Year Nominations
Nominate an OUTSTANDING Administrator that supports School Counseling.
• The school counselor must write a 200-300 word narrative essay describing how a Lee County administrator supports a comprehensive professional school counseling program in your school and encourages and supports School Counselors to perform the duties that are relevant and required by the ASCA National Model.
• Essay must be typed or pasted into the form linked below.
• School Counselor and Administrator must attend LCSCA Awards Breakfast in May (Date TBA) to read essay or make arrangements for someone else from the school to attend.
• School Counselor must be a LCSCA member to nominate an administrator.
Deadline to Submit:
Monday April 20th, 2015
SUSAN SHOEMAKER SCHOLARSHIP
**School Counselors must help students submit their entry using this survey form. This link should not be made available to students.
The essay should cover all of the following questions:
1. How did a School Counselor impact your educational/personal or social experience and where are you now?
2. How did this School Counselor help you with your future plans?
3. How will this scholarship help you with your educational plans?
4. How would you like to help others in the future?
Deadline to Submit:
Monday, April 20th, 2015
"Wine"ing Down the Year
9 Ways to End the School Year Stress Free
We are heading in to a time of year where many of us are super stressed. We are pushing to survive the final days of school and finish the school year strong. So here are 9 ways to end your year stress free!
We get so busy in our day thinking about the tasks that need to be finished by the end of the day, the parent teacher conference we have to conduct after school, preparing for that meeting, helping a struggling student, the parent email you need to respond to, and the list goes on! Don't let those moments consume you. Take a moment to listen to student conversations that happen in the hallways and the cafeteria. That will often give you a reason to chuckle. If your students find something that is funny, laugh with them. They will love it and it will make you feel better too!
2. Plan Your Day
Write down what you need to accomplish in the day. Do not write down any more than what has to be accomplished. Writing more than what needs to be accomplished will make your list overwhelming and you will be discouraged at the end of your day when you don't accomplish it all. If everything does not get finished, it is OKAY.
3. Take a Moment to Pause
There are some days when we need "welcomed interruptions." Look for those moments in your day. It may be when you go to grab that cup of coffee in the teachers lounge or laugh with the office staff about a silly thing that happened over the weekend. It may be when you actually stop and have lunch with a few colleagues. I promise the moments you take for yourself will be rewarding.
I believe that encouraging others is always a good dose of healthy medicine. When we take time to encourage others we take the focus off our self and we are thinking about the well being of others. Put a few chocolates or a note in the mailbox of someone you know is going through a stressful time. Not only will it make them feel better, it will make you feel better too.
I am not a huge exercise buff, but I do know that exercising decreases the amount of stress you have in your life. It also helps you to feel better and have more energy
So take a walk around the block, put on a exercise video, or do #6 :)
6. Have a Dance Party
I'm not kidding. You don't have to be the best dancer. Dancing can elevate that heart rate and put a smile on your face at the same time. You can even make up your own little song to dance around to. Why do you think Lee Cummings is so happy? He is singing his songs and dancing in his office when life is getting him down :)
7. Spend Time with Family
Remember that to do list of yours? Now, I want you to PUT IT DOWN. Eventually your job will end and you will one day retire, but you can never get back moments you have with your children and your family. Make it a priority to spend time with your family. Take a bike a ride. Play a board game. Steal a few snuggles on the couch.
8. Be Grateful
In a moment of stress, list things that you are grateful for in your life. Here are a few of mine: I have a loving family, I have food to eat, I have encouraging coworkers, I am healthy.
This last one should not come as a surprise to you. If laughing reduces stress, then of course smiling will have the same effect. Studies show that people who smile improve their heart health. After a stressful meeting, choose happiness and leave with a smile.