Counselors

Week of 05/17-05/21

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Dr. Linda Peterson (Department Chair) - peterson.linda@wgmail.org

Sarah Bodi (7th grade) - bodi.sarah@wgmail.org

Erica Blanks (8th grade) - blanks.erica@wgmail.org

Del'Brica Flowers (Counseling Aide)- flowers.delbrica@wgmail.org


Counselor Office Hours (By Appointment please)

Every Tuesday Morning 8:00am-8:25am


Every Wednesday Evening

3:30-4:00pm

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Virtual Student Invite!!!

The Hixson counselors would like to invite our virtual students to “Meet and Eat: Statesmen Do Lunch!” Meet and Eat will be a weekly lunch that is held for our virtual students via Zoom. Our purpose is to help students with support and also give them time to socialize and play games with peers that are also virtual.


The meetings will be held during all lunches every Wednesday:

  • A Lunch (7th grade) - 10:11-10:39
  • B Lunch (7th grade) - 11:04-11:32
  • C Lunch (8th grade) - 11:57-12:25
  • D Lunch (8th grade) - 12:50-1:18


Our next and FINAL date for Meet & Eat will be Wednesday, May 26th. Feel free to join with snacks or a meal for lunchtime.


Please indicate your interest in participating by submitting this form to us. Parents, if you are filling out this form for your child, please respond to the questions as if you were your child. We will send the Zoom link to all students who sign up, so please sign up ASAP!


If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Del’Brica Flowers (flowers.delbrica@wgmail.org).


We look forward to seeing you soon!

Your Hixson Counselors

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Congratulations Class of 2021!!!

You've shown great resilience and deserve to celebrate your accomplishments! Thank you for all of your hard work and continuing to strive for your academic achievements. Thank you to all of our parents and families as well for supporting our students during this time. Good luck on your next journey in high school. We know you will do great!
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Be Sure To Take A Brain Break!

It is very important to make sure that we are taking the time that we need to recover from daily activities. We are constantly moving and might not recognize that our body needs that extra to rest. Be sure to practice adding in time for yourself especially while you are finishing up the semester. Here are a few tips to help your brain and body recharge:


1. Watch "How it's made" videos.

2. Take naps.

3. Relax :). Use deep breathing exercises if needed.

4. Go for a walk.

4. Play games, read a book, or watch tv.

5. Start a new hobby or go back to an old one.

Worth Quoting

“Don’t Let Yesterday Take Up Too Much Of Today.”

– Will Rogers

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Middle School Summer Challenge!

Washington University is hosting a program this summer that is designed to expand students' critical thinking skills in an exciting and innovative environment. Students participate in an arts and humanities themed course, leadership and team building course, and a STEM course creating a well-rounded summer experience. This program is ideal for students looking to build a strong academic foundation and engage with students from across the St. Louis area. This program is noncredit and students will be provided a full daily schedule while also being supervised at all times.

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Doing School Virtually? Stay Organized with Bookmarks!

If you are a student in the virtual program, it can be especially difficult to stay organized now that everything is online. How can you keep track of all your Zoom links, Canvas pages, and shared folders in Google Drive? One simple solution: use bookmarks to have each of your important links just one click away at all times! Our suggestion is to create a bookmarked folder for each of your classes. The 10 minutes it will take to set this up can save you hours of frustration later!


Follow these instructions to set up a bookmarked folder in Google Chrome:

  1. Click the three vertical dots in the upper right hand corner of Google Chrome

  2. Click “Bookmarks”

  3. Click “Bookmark manager”

  4. Right click (alt+click) anywhere on the Bookmark manager page

  5. Select “Add new folder”

  6. Name the folder (example: “7th Hour Science - Mrs. Creath”)

  7. Click “Save”

  8. Now, you should now see your folder show up in your bookmarks bar (just underneath the search bar at the top of the screen)

  9. Repeat Steps 1-7 for each of your classes


After you have created bookmarked folders, follow these instructions to bookmark important links within your class folder:

  1. Navigate to an important web page for your class (example: Canvas page)

  2. When you are on the web page that you want to bookmark, click the star in the top right corner of the search bar at the top of the screen (when you hover over the star, it will say “Bookmark this tab”)

  3. For “Name”, name the bookmark something that you will easily recognize (example: “Science Canvas Page”)

  4. For “Folder”, select the correct class folder (which you created using the first set of instructions above)

  5. Click “Done”

  6. Now, when you click the folder in your bookmarks bar (just underneath the search bar at the top of the screen), you should see your web page bookmarked for easy access!

  7. Repeat Steps 1-5 for all important web pages for your classes (Zoom links, Canvas pages, shared Google folders, important Google Slides presentations, etc.)

  8. Try to remember to add bookmarks to your folders (by clicking the star - Step 2 above) throughout the semester! For example, if you are working on a big project in Google Slides, bookmark the Google Slides presentation so you don’t have to keep navigating through your Google Drive to find it.

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Virtual Calming Room: A Fun & Relaxing Way to De-Stress

If you are feeling stressed or just need to take a quick break from schoolwork, visit the Virtual Calming Room. There are tons of options for quick calming activities, such as guided meditations, coloring, puzzles/games, and (our favorite) even live animal cameras! Take some deep breaths and watch the penguins swim around to lower your blood pressure a bit and make you smile.


https://calmingroom.scusd.edu/home

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Taking Charge of Me III

Starting in January all students will be participating in lessons with PreventEd (formerly NCADA). They will provide their Taking Charge of Me III curriculum to our 7th grade students. This four lesson unit helps students explore the meaning of success. It motivates students to be successful and develops skills in perseverance, making healthy choices, and leadership. These lessons are being presented through a partnership with our Hixson Counselors. If you have questions/concerns please contact our grade level Counselor Mrs. Bodi, bodi.sarah@wgmail.org.

TBD

Hixson Counselors partner with PreventEd, formerly NCADA, to deliver lessons starting in January. 8th Grade students will participate in a four part lesson series called TBD (To Be Determined). This four-lesson unit helps students shape a positive reputation and sense of self by building their integrity and encouraging leadership. Please let your grade level Counselor, Ms. Blanks blanks.erica@wgmail.com , know if you have any questions/concerns regarding these lessons.

Hixson Counseling Groups

Hixson's counseling department will be offering weekly counseling groups to students. Click on the link below for more information!

Just For Fun

Some fun activities that you can do as family can include baking! Here’s a fun recipe from Betty Crocker:


Molten Chocolate Cupcakes

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Contact your grade level counselor


(8th)

Blanks.Erica@wgmail.org


(7th)

Bodi.Sarah@wgmail.org


(Department Chair)

Peterson.linda@wgamil.org


(Counseling Aide) Flowers.DelBrica@wgmail.org




Counselor Office Hours

(By appointment)


Every Tuesday Morning 8am-8:25am


Every Wednesday Evening

3:30-4:00pm



Contact a Counselor Here
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