Counselor Corner

October 2022

It has been a very busy first month at Green!


Our students had the opportunity to participate in a number of meaningful programs, and we have more to come! We also have a number of upcoming events focused on parent engagement that we would love for you to be a part of. Continue reading below for more information!


Please remember that I am here to support the students however I can. I am available to meet if a student needs help or just wants to talk! Don't hesitate to reach out if I can support you in any way.


My website is updated regularly with links to resources and information!


Sincerely,

Mrs. Stiles

mstiles@greenhills.org


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Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying - Parent Presentation

There were significant changes made to the HIB Law in the state of New Jersey that took effect this school year. Please join Mr. Bollette and Mrs. Stiles for an important presentation about the law, how we are working to reduce bullying, and how the recent updates could impact your family.


Please click here to RSVP for this event. A zoom link will be sent the day of the presentation to those who RSVP.

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Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. We plan to recognize the month in a number of ways. We celebrated Week of Respect, and planned a number of activities for the students. We kicked the week off with an incredible anti-bullying BMX performance from Dialed Action Sports, which the students seemed thrilled about! Thank you to our brave teachers who volunteered to be part of the action! We also had a spirit week, and our Mustang Zone members assisted with a number of activities for both elementary and middle school students! Throughout the month, Mrs. Stiles will present the Bullying Prevention lessons to students, helping them learn how to recognize, report, and refuse bullying when they see it.


To close out the month, we are going to have an assembly brought to us by Box Out Bullying, a national touring organization which specializes in bullying prevention. The elementary students will learn more about what bullying is and isn't, with a focus on building empathy, all while participating in an interactive live theater performance. Middle school students will explore the severity of cyberbullying while focusing on the importance of being an upstander when we see bullying taking place.


Parents play a key role in helping to prevent and respond to bullying. For more information about what you can do to be part of the solution, go to stopbullying.gov for valuable resources.

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Hidden in Plain Sight - Important Parent Program

The Center for Prevention and Counseling is bringing their Hidden in Plain Sight program to our school on October 25th at 6:00 pm. See the flyer above for more information about this important event. To RSVP for this program, please click here.
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Career Fair - Parent Volunteers Needed!

We will be hosting a Career Fair in the middle school on November 8th, and we are asking for some help from the community! Students will travel to different classrooms throughout the afternoon to learn about various careers that may be of interest to them! If you would like to come in and speak to students about your career, please click here to fill out a google form or email Mrs. Stiles.
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Mustang Zone

We are extremely excited to announce the creation of a new student organization at Green Hills School! The Mustang Zone is a club for students in grades 6 - 8 who want to strengthen the culture and climate at school. Mr. Bollette and I will meet with students to discuss various ways that we can build a school community where everyone is respected and supported. The mission of the Mustang Zone is to provide a welcoming, safe, and inclusive space for all members of the school community. The Mustang Zone will work to understand the value of each others’ differences and to create a strong sense of belonging here at school. Working as a group, students will plan and facilitate school-wide activities designed to foster a culture of acceptance and understanding. We will also focus on community outreach, and we hope to plan fundraisers and family events. I cannot wait to see the positive impact this group will have on our school and community!


We are currently meeting during extended homeroom time on Tuesday mornings, and may add additional meeting times as the year progresses. All students in grades 6 - 8 are welcome to join! Please reach out to me (Mrs. Stiles) or Mr. Bollette with any questions!

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Positive School Climate Summit

For more than 20 years, The Center for Prevention and Counseling has been hosting an in-person Middle School Summit. This year, The Summit will be in person for the first time since 2019, and we will be represented by twenty of our 7th and 8th grade students! This program makes a positive and lasting difference, as students learn the leadership skills and techniques to make their school safe and inclusive. Through the keynote presentations, messages from high school mentors as well discussions and hands-on activities, students are empowered to better understand the theme of Together We Can Make A Difference” as our school works to reduce bullying, increase leadership, empathy, resilience and positive school climate.

Visits from Sussex Tech and Pope John

We are again fortunate to have representatives from both Pope John and Sussex Tech come and meet with our 8th grade students! Pope John will visit us on October 11th, and Sussex Tech will speak with our students on October 17th. Students will learn about the various program offerings at both schools, and the school representatives will be available to answer questions about the application processes.


Pope John is hosting an open house on Wednesday, October 26th. To learn more about this event, click here.


Sussex Tech is hosting an open house on Thursday, October 27th. Sussex Tech is hosting its annual Tech Trek on November 19th. This is a day to expose 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to Career and Technical Education. This event requires pre-registration, and spots do fill up quickly. Forms were sent to parents via email and were distributed to students in their homerooms. Here is a link to the registration form. Sussex Tech is currently accepting applications for the 2023 school year. You can learn more about the admissions process by clicking here.

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Sussex County Technical School - Tech Trek

Sussex County Technical School is hosting its annual Tech Trek on November 19th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. This is a day to expose 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to Career and Technical Education. The registration form with more information was emailed to parents and distributed to students during homeroom. Please return the registration form directly to Sussex Tech. Tech Trek is one of Sussex Tech's most popular events, and seats fill up quickly. Cost is $15 which includes bagel breakfast, snacks throughout the day, and a gift bag for the students. If you need a new registration form, please reach out to Mrs. Stiles!
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What's Your Anti-Drug Contest

For over 20 years, the Center for Prevention and Wellness and the New Jersey Herald have coordinated a contest called "What's Your Anti-Drug," which invites students in grades 4 - 12 to submit a piece of writing or a piece of art for possible inclusion in the Herald's eight page anti-drug supplement. This year, they have also included a new contest called "What Makes You Happy" for students in grades K - 3! Click here for the submission form for grades 4 -12, and click here for the submission form for grades K - 3. We have had student work appear in the NJ Herald for the past three years, and it is always very exciting for students and families!
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Our fifth grade students are spending time with officers from the Sussex County Sheriff's office for the L.E.A.D. program, which "promotes positive, pro-social attitudes and behaviors, while helping students learn about fostering healthy relationships, resistance to substance abuse and conflict, and resistance to negative peer pressure and influence." Students will have the opportunity to participate in ten weekly lessons, which will focus on the development of specific traits and skills: goal setting, decision making, effective communication, anger management, conflict resolution, and pro-social bonding. To learn more about this program, click here.
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Mindful Minutes

It likely goes without saying that students might be feeling more stress and anxiety lately. One practice that can help decrease and manage overwhelming feelings when they arise is mindfulness. Mindfulness helps to bring our focus to the present moment to observe our thoughts without judgment. The practice can also help to minimize negative thoughts that can spiral out of control. I have created a playlist of short mindful minute exercises for students to listen to when they feel the need to reset their thoughts or emotions. I will be adding to the playlist (click here) throughout the rest of the year.
I have updated my webpage to include a virtual office where you will be able to find information and helpful resources! It is a work in progress, so be sure to check in regularly for new information! Click on my bitmoji above to take a look around!
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