JTMS Counseling Newsletter

November 9, 2020

Marking Period 2 Begins This Week

The last day of Marking Period 1 is tomorrow, Tuesday, November 10. This month continues to bring many changes to JTMS. It helps to be flexible in these changing times, and to set goals for your future.

Starting a new marking period means getting a clean slate. If you are happy with your grades and performance in the first quarter of the year, that's wonderful. Keep up the good work! But, if you feel like you could improve your grades or your understanding of your schoolwork, the time to start is now. It can be helpful to set a goal, because then you know what you are aiming for. JTMS counselors would like to recommend setting a SMART goal. SMART stands for:






Let's say that you're disappointed in your grades for the first marking period, because you got 70's in LA and Science and 79's and 82's in all of your other classes. So, you decide to create a goal to improve your grades. If you say, "I want good grades." Many people would ask- What do you mean by good grades- in every class? What does "good" mean for you? Can you give me a number? What is a number that you could get, if you pushed yourself? When do you want this to happen? There are so many questions left to answer!

But if, instead, you created a SMART goal, it might look like this: "By the end of the 2nd marking period, I will get an 80 or higher in LA and Science, and a 90 or higher in all of my other classes."

Specific means precise. This goal is specific because it says the minimum grades you want in each of your classes. It's Measurable, because the goals for grades are numbers, which can be measured. It's Achievable, because it's something that you could do if you worked hard enough. It's Realistic because it's not so hard that it would be impossible for you to do. And it's Timely, because there is a time-limit on it: the end of the second marking period.

Now, it's your turn! Create a SMART goal for yourself for the second marking period.

And, while you're at it, start thinking long term about your future education and career plans! There's a video below to give you some good ideas for career possibilities.

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November 13 is World Kindness Day

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What Acts of Kindness Can You Do Today?

Here are some suggestions inspired by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation:

  1. Compliment the first three people you talk to.
  2. Write a kind email to a teacher.
  3. Say good morning to the person near you on the bus.
  4. Pick up litter. Spend 10 minutes cleaning a park or your neighborhood.
  5. Offer to walk a neighbor's dog.
  6. Spread only positivity on social media.
  7. Hold up inspiring signs to people driving by.
  8. Give flowers to a friend.
  9. Write a kind note to every family member in your house.
  10. Set an alarm to go off three times on World Kindness Day. When the alarm sounds, stop what you're doing a call/text/email someone simply to tell them how awesome they are.
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Essentials with Miss Ellingsen

Thoughts Aren't Facts

We all experience times where we feel like we have 100 thoughts swirling around inside our minds, some helpful and some maybe not so helpful. It is important to learn that our thoughts are not facts and that we can choose how to view them and respond to them. Positive thinking is powerful.
You are not your thoughts

Career Plans by the ABC's

#YouCanBeABCs from Sam - 6 year old raps about careers A through Z

November is the Month for Gratitude

Gratitude Meditation for Kids | Guided mindfulness practice for kids

JTMS Counseling Department

Your counselors are here for you! Parents, students, teachers: please get in touch with us any time you have a question or concern. We care about you!

Miss Ellingsen, Mrs. LaCatena, Mrs. Carroll and Ms. Martino