BMMS Counselor's Corner

Week of October 5, 2020

Counselor's Corner Newsletter

Welcome to this week's Counselor Corner newsletter. This newsletter is designed to provide you with weekly information from the BMMS Counseling Department. For additional information, and previous newsletters, please visit our BMMS Counseling Website. To see previous newsletters, click HERE.

Counselor's away from school


Struggling to be a successful student? Don't get discouraged, it isn't magic! But it does require desire, dedication and a lot of work. Active listening, reading comprehension, note-taking, time management, test taking, and memorization are a few study skills for students.

Here are some valuable strategies for effective study skills from, Princeton Review:

  1. Identify more than one study space. Variety helps!
  2. Get real. Be realistic about how long your assignments should take
  3. Track more than homework in a school planner. Include all activities and social commitments and plan accordingly.
  4. Use class time wisely. If you have time after class, ask your teacher to clarify a concept that seems fuzzy.
  5. Start small. Complete assignments in small chunks.
  6. Create a simple system to stay organized. Try separate folders for handouts for each subject. Nothing fancy!
  7. Look over your notes each night. Fill in details. Highlight key concepts. Interacting with your notes will help you remember them.
  8. Establish a routine. Try to do homework around the same time every day.
  9. Study a little every day.
  10. Don’t let a disappointing grade keep you down. Take proactive steps to improve.
  11. Create a distraction-free zone. Turn off the devices! Or at least turn off the notifications until homework is done.
  12. Make a friend in every class. Help and support each other!

Cyber Safety Sign Up: Please watch these short videos to get a sense of what will be presented: and

SEL Lesson Thrively- What type of Mindset do you have and Reflection.

This week's Social Emotional Learning is follows up on last week's lesson about Mindset. In this lesson you will take a quick assessment to identify what type of Mindset you have. This will help you be aware of how you frame your thoughts and reflect upon better ways to approach problems.

To access Thrively please click on the link below

Once prompted enter your username and password which are the following

Username: Student Id Number (ex:1234567)

Password: aesqul

Once you are in you will be prompted to change your password. If you have logged in before, please you the last password you created.

If you so choose, you can fill out your interests or take the strength survey.

Once you are logged in click on the link below.

This activity should take you less than 20 minutes.

Physical Health

12 Family Workouts to Do at Home

1. Mountain Climbers

Get into a push-up position and then alternate bringing your knee to your elbow. You can do same side connections or crisscross. The idea is to move fast and work up a sweat!

2. Bear Crawls

Palms and feet flat on the floor, arch your back so that you look like a momma bear. Race your kids across the room. Add some fun by having a competition! Who can "roar" the loudest?

3. Star Jumps

Kids love these! Stand tall and then explosively jump into the air, expanding your legs and your arms so that you look like a large “X” in the air. At the height of the jump, be sure to exclaim, “I’m a STAR!”

4. Push-Ups

Straightforward and to the point. Just be sure your hands are in line with your pectorals and your booty isn’t arced in the air. If you want to make it harder, try for push-up claps, diamond push-ups or “Y” wide push-ups. Drop to the knees if your form is compromised.

5. Sit-Ups

Another classic. Feel free to tuck your toes under the sofa or coffee table if you need a bit of support, or, ask your kids to hold your feet and vice versa.

6. Burpees

Who is up for the challenge? Start with a jump up, then drop to a plank, add a push-up, and then jump back up. It should be one fluid motion and try to not pause between repetitions. Make it a bit easier by opting out of the push up if you need to.

7. Squats

Kids are naturally born squatters. See who can get the deepest squat or the most squats in 60 seconds. To do this one, stand with your feet shoulder’s width apart, and do deep knee bends. Make sure keep your knees behind your toes and your arms out straight.

8. Leg Raises

Lay on your side or on your back and with lift your legs without bending at the knee. Try to hold at the top. This works your lower abdominals, but be careful to not let your lower back arch.

9. Lunges

Step forward and bend your front knee to a 90-degree angle. The goal is to have your back knee touch the ground without letting your front knee extend past your toes. To make it harder, carry (small) children in each arm and lunge as you walk across the room.

10. Planks

Elbows on the floor and balanced on your tiptoes, go eye-to-eye and see who can last the longest. 30 seconds is considered the gold standard. For fun, ask your smallest child to sit on your back and see how long you last.

11. Jumping Jacks

With many variations to the classics, this one can go on and on. From standard to reverse, this one will keep your heart rate up.

12. Butterfly Kicks

Lay flat on your back, and extend your legs straight out. Imagine a swimmer, and begin to flutter kick your legs without bending at the knee. Start with your feet high off of the floor, as the move gets more difficult the closer the action is to the floor.

Weekly Comic - Peanuts by Charles Schultz

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BMMS Counselor Contact information

Mrs Taylor (A-Ho, GATE): -(858) 376-7045-

Mr. Lightner (Hu-Me): - (858) 218-6586 -

Mr. Schafer (Mi-Z, AVID) - (619) 839-5650 -

The following resources are available 24/7 for mental health support should you need resources for yourself or someone you care about.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (on the back of your student ID card),

The Access & Crisis Line San Diego 1-888-724-7240,

The Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741.