BMS Counselors' Corner

Belmont Middle School Counseling Department Newsletter

That's a Wrap!

Wrapping presents makes me think about wrapping up the year. We want to tie it all up in a neat little bow with perfect edges and have everything all neatly hidden away under beautiful wrapping paper. Life doesn't work like that. Life is messy. Life rarely allows all the loose ends to get neatly tied; and most importantly, we shouldn't want to hide all our gifts away. As you wrap up the year 2015, I hope you can embrace the mess, especially when it comes to your students. Look for those gifts that are peaking out from under that messy gift-wrapped adolescent. Review the year with your student and talk about what worked and what didn't. Help them set goals for the year 2016 and show them how you can set goals with them. This is an excellent time of year to begin talking with 8th graders about high school. This is a great time to talk with your 6th grader about all the major changes that happened in 2015 when they went from being an elementary to a middle school student. I know many of you may be scared to talk with your 7th grader;), but now is a good time to check in with them and see how they are doing socially. How have their friendships grown or changed this year? As always, your counselors are here to help if you have any concerns as you look back to 2015 and look forward to 2016. Happy Holidays from Ms. Little!

Just a little something to get you in the holiday spirit...

Dads Pull Out Surprise Dubstep Dance For Christmas

What in the World?!?

A lot has been going on in our world this year and sometimes parents struggle with how to talk to middle school children about scary things in the news. Here are a few resources to help:

Looking Ahead

School life will be moving fast after we return from winter break. 8th grade students will begin hearing from the different high schools in our area about registering form high school. Highland and Gaston Early College will come to BMS in late January/early February to talk to student about these options. South Point and Stuart Crammer will come later in February or early March to talk about registration options. If your family has moved, it is important that we have your correct address on file so your student will be assigned to the correct high school. Your school assignment will come from the address the county has on file. If you do not want your child to attend their assigned school, you will need to go to the county office to request a transfer. We are required by the county to register your student with the address we have on file. Address changes will need two proofs of address.

High School CTE Educators' Presentation

Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 8:30am

110 North Central Avenue

Belmont, NC

The CTE teachers from local high schools will be coming to give our 8th graders a better understanding of the electives they can register for in the Spring.
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