Guidance Dept Newsletter - LFMS

2017-18 3rd Quarter - Edition 4

Welcome to the 2nd Half of the School Year!

It's hard to believe that we have passed the mid-way point in the school year already. This month we will start the year off with our annual College and Career Month and Career Day with nearly 40 speakers at the end of the month. We'd like to thank all our speakers in advance for your volunteering to participate. It's a true example of our February theme 'Building a Caring Community'.
Inside the Mind of a Middle Schooler

Click on the title box above to read more about how the mind of a middle schooler works.

Do You Know Your Child's Learning Style?

Has your child ever bombed a test they studied hard for? Perhaps s/he is using study strategies that don't match his/her learning style. Click the title box below to help identify your child's learning style and the related study strategies that work best for his/her learning style.

January is College and Career Month!

Students will be attending three Career Day Speaker sessions on Friday, January 26th. For a list of speakers, click here. A variety of College and Career events will take place during the last week of January.
Six Tips and Strategies for College and Beyond

Click the Title above to read more about 'Six Edge-ucational' Success Tips provided by California Career Café to help learn strategies for success for College and Beyond.

Student of the Month Focus

Our Student of the Month awards focus on three qualities - Academic Excellence, Outstanding Effort, and a Leadership focus in the area of our monthly PRIDE theme. Teachers and staff will be looking for students who portray excellence in one of these areas. Students of the Month will be recognised during PRIDE time. The 3rd Quarter Leadership expectations are as follows:


Pride Expectation: Positive

Positive is defined as a good, or useful quality or feature; to show acceptance or approval. For example, being positive means to believe in the good qualities of someone or something or to be hopeful or optimistic.

Theme: The focus this month is Starting the Year Positively. It's a new semester and a new year. Start with a clean slate and set positive goals for yourself. Identify a short-term goal that will help you start the year positively!


Pride Expectation: Respectful

Respectful means to show high regard or courtesy.

Theme: This month's focus is Building a Caring Community. A student may help build a caring community in our school as well as our local community by actively supporting and participating in activities within the school and local community. Students may show their involvement in their school community by participating in programs such as the Peer Tutoring Program or Pride Stars Program.


Pride Expectation: Integrity

Integrity means total honesty and sincerity; to adhere to a moral and ethical code.

Theme: This month's focus is about Having Integrity Online. Having integrity online includes both academic and social integrity. Students should continue to evaluate their digital footprint and online presence as first begun following the February I Can Help Assembly.
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35 Ways to Show Respect

Building moral intelligence

Integrity in the Classroom

Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D quoted Warren Buffet in Psychology Today, "As we seek to prepare young people with skills for career success, Warren Buffet reminds us what makes great employees: “In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first one, the other two will kill you.” " To read more about Dr. Price- Mitchell's 'Integrity in the Classroom', click here.
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Stand Up for Your Beliefs

Does your family have a Code of Ethics? Do you have a role model you look up to? What character traits do you admire? Click this Title to read more about Integrity and how you can stand up for your beliefs.

Quicklink Resources

Guidance Webpage Information and/or links on the Academic Domain such as study skills, test taking, tutoring resources, and useful links for help with English writing and Math skills

Counselors Corner Resource Personal-Social Domain including stress management, conflict mediation, grief, and social skills

College and Career Guidance Information about high school graduation requirements, college admissions, and career choices.

"Tesoro Family" Schools Offering Multiple Parent Educational Evenings

Mark your calendars for the following parent informational evening events sponsored by our Tesoro Family Schools Parent Teacher Student Associations. All events are open to our Tesoro Family School parents.

Tuesday, February 6 - Increase Academic Success & Decrease Student Stress –Las Flores Middle School MPR

Thursday, February 8 – Increase Academic Success & Decrease Student Stress – Ladera Ranch Middle School MPR

Tuesday, February 27 - 6:30 pm Preventing Underage Drug Use

Tuesday, April 10th – TBA – Las Flores Middle School MPR

Tuesday, May 8th – TBA –Las Flores Middle School MPR

Additional dates may be added. More information on future events will be posted on the Las Flores Middle School website as it becomes available.

Ms. Teri Graffeo - Academic Advisor Q-Z

Ms. Graffeo splits her responsibilities with Ladera Ranch MS. She will be available on site at Las Flores MS on Tuesdays and Fridays. You may also reach her via email.

Ms. Brittney Pacini - School Counseling Graduate Practicum Student

Ms. Pacini is a graduate counselling student at Chapman University and is completing her Practicum hours with Las Flores Middle School. She is available Mondays and Tuesdays.

Ms. Lindsay Depass - School Psychologist

Mrs. Angela Danna - Registrar, Guidance Secretary

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.