Counselor's Corner

Kalan Hoskins ~ Grades 1 and 3 ~ MARCH 2015

Guidance Updates

1st Grade

In March we are learning about Problem Solving in Second Step. Students' social problem-solving skills can be improved by direct instruction. Teaching problem-solving skills reduces impulsive behavior, improves social competence and friendships, and prevents violence. The skills taught in the Second Step program are designed to build students' ability to handle interpersonal conflicts effectively. Students capable of calming down and solving their own problems are more successful in school and in their interpersonal relationships.

There are two main goals for this unit. The first is to develop students' ability to solve problems in safe and respectful ways. The second is to develop students' skills for making and keeping friends. To achieve these goals, students in first grade learn to:

1. Calm down before trying to solve problems using the Calming-Down Steps.

2. Apply the Second Step Problem Solving Steps:

*S: Say the problem without blame.

*T: Think of solutions that are safe and respectful.

*E: Explore consequences.

*P: Pick the best solution.

Make sure to join with the activation key SSP1 FAMI LY71 to watch videos about the Second Step program and get information about what your student is learning.

Auto B Good ~ Character Education

Welcome to the Tullahoma Superspeedway! The Auto-B-Good series presents character traits that will captivate, entertain and educate students. This month's lesson is on RESPECT and is called "Red Card to Respect." "Red Card to Respect" is the story of EJ getting a red card in the soccer match. That means he was sent off, not allowed to play anymore. Mr. Morgan, the referee, thought that EJ was being very disrespectful to him and to the other players. When EJ actually seemed pleased that Mr. Morgan became injured later in the game, Franklin knew he had to do something. Luckily, EJ learned quite a lot about Mr. Morgan and learned even more about respect. The lesson was: Show high value and consideration to respect-you lose, show respect-you win! For more info about this series, check out their website at

3rd Grade

This month third graders will be learning about multiple intelligence theory based on Dr. Howard Gardner's theory.

Teaching MI Theory Unit Objectives

As a result of this unit, students will ….

* Understand Gardner's eight multiple intelligence areas

* Identify their own MI strengths and areas for growth

* Discover how they learn best

* Apply MI theory to career explorations

Please review your child's survey when it comes home this month. Please note that the survey is not scientific and is simply a way to discover how each child learns best. Please understand that a lower score in a particular area does not mean that the child will never be good in that area. It also does not mean that the parent should relentlessly drill the child to improve! We all learn best through our strengths, and this survey may give you more information on how to teach your child in a way that capitalizes on his or her strengths. Understanding our strengths and weaknesses can help us improve and grow in all areas.

March Classroom Guidance Schedule

*February guidance classes are being made up and worked into the schedule for those classes that missed.

Almond: March 9

Cox: March 30

Falkner: March 16

Klager: March 20

Landis: March 13

Norman: March 11

Randle: March 4

Coleman: March 30

Garrison: March 20

Levinson: March 2

Pleasants: March 13

Polleck: March 4

Rose: March 16

Weber: March 9

Books on Respect

The following books are great resources on respect. You can find all these books in your local Wake County Public Library, call numbers are listed after the books.

* Betsy Byars, The House of Wings (J BYARS)

* Mary Elizabeth Salzmann, I am Respectful (J179 SALZMANN)

* Cindy Gainer, I'm Like You, You're Like Me (J158.2 GAINE)

* Pat McKissack, Messy Bessy's School Desk (ER MCKISSACK)

* Cheri Meiners, Respect and Take Care of Things (J179.9 MEINER)

* Robin Nelson, Respecting Others (J179 NELSO)

* Lucia Raatma, Respect (J177 RAAT)

* Janet Riehecky, Respect (J179 RIEHE)


Parent Academy:

To promote continued cooperation between families and schools, WCPSS offers Parent Academy – a series of classes, workshops and events aimed at helping families learn to engage with the school system and positively contribute to their child’s academic and social success. Families who attend Parent Academy will gain invaluable knowledge – from preparing their kindergartener for the first day of school to choosing the right courses for their college-bound high school student. Classes are offered in English and Spanish. All events are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Childcare is available.

March Parent Academy

* Navigating the WCPSS, the Department of Public Instruction, and Learning about Community Resources

* What Parents Can Do to Support Academic Growth Over the Summer Break

* Positive Discipline & How to Improve Communication between Parents and Children

* Identify and Protect Your Child against Bullying in School

* WCPSS Digital Tools at School and at Home
* Keeping Our Children Safe at School

Ways to Register:

1. 919-858-1735



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Your Counselor

Hi! My name is Kalan Hoskins and I am very excited to be part of a school that teaches and internalizes Covey’s 7 Habits and recognizes that all students are leaders. I graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Counseling. I am also a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. I began my counseling career in a non-profit agency in 1999 and started working as a school counselor in 2001. I will be working part-time with Mrs. Trueman on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. When I am not at Combs, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my three sweet children!

Kalan Hoskins, 50% Counselor, Grades 1 & 3

My Schedule

Mondays & Wednesdays 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Fridays 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.