Guidance Dept Newsletter - LFMS

October/November 2015 Edition 2

Student of the Month Awards

The October and November Student of the Month awards will focus on the following Themes and Words. Teachers and staff will be looking for students who portray the current month theme. Students will be recognised during our Student of the Month meetings.


Theme: Safe School

Word of the Month: Respect

Respect means a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important or serious and should be treated in an appropriate way. The challenge for students this month is to show respect to others and make school a place where people feel comfortable being themselves.


Theme: Building Magical Futures

Word of the Month: Determination

Determination means a quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult. The challenge for November is to identify a goal you can accomplish by the end of the month and take daily steps toward your goal. Make sure to share your goal with a friend, classmate or school staff member to help keep you on track.

Tesoro High School presents College Admissions Expert Panel

Monday, Oct. 5th 2015 at 7-9pm

Tesoro High School Theatre

First Quarter Dates for The Academy offered from 3:30-5:00pm in the Library:

Friday, October 9th

Friday, October 16th

Friday, October 23rd (will be moved to either the 22nd or 30th due to 7th/8th grade dance)

The Academy is open to all students and highly recommended to students by your Academic Advisors when a student is falling behind in assignments or not meeting satisfactory academic progress.

Resource Links for Cyber Safety and Bullying

Upcoming Workshops

The Guidance Department will be offering optional Workshops to students during the school year before school or during lunch. Workshops will seek to meet the needs identified by students and teachers through our needs assessment survey conducted at the beginning of the school year and/or centered around the current Theme of the Month. Planned workshops over the next couple months are as follows:

October 14th 8:30-9:30 - Cyber Safety

October 15th and October 22nd Lunch (both) - Exploring Careers Workshop

November 5th Lunch (both) - College A-G Requirements and Four Year Planning

November 18th Lunchtime College Fair (Covered Basketball Courts)

Workshops will be held in the Counseling Center - J208.

STUDENTS- Would you prefer Lunch workshops or Wednesday morning workshops? Register your preference by completing the form below:

District College Fair

Monday, Oct. 19th 2015 at 6:30-9pm

Aliso Niguel High School

The Aliso Niguel High School campus will be hosting more than 100 Universities, Colleges, Technical, Arts Schools and Military Academies for a district-wide college fair. Learn about the many outstanding programs and options available at schools across the country! Breakout sessions with experts will help with your college search and planning. Click here for a list of participating schools (schools are being added daily).

20 Questions to ask college representatives - click here.

Click here for the event flyer!

College Poster Contest

Monday, Nov. 2nd 2015 at 7:30am to Friday, Nov. 13th 2015 at 3:30pm

25862 Antonio Parkway

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

In conjunction with College and Career week, the guidance department will be sponsoring a College Poster Contest. Entries are due November 13th and winners will be announced on November 18th. For entry details and more information, please see the link below.

Career Day

Friday, Nov. 20th 2015 at 10:30am-2pm

25862 Antonio Parkway

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

We are excited to announce our Fall College and Career Month focus to be held in November. Thank you to all who have volunteered to speak at our Career Day. Our School Counselor, Alexis Goddard will be reconfirming speakers and providing information to volunteers during October.
Coddled Kids Crumble: Colleges see lack of resilience

Middle school is not just about learning Math, English, Science and Social Science. Learning to overcome stress, anxiety and different teaching styles are coping skills that students need to begin developing to succeed in college and life beyond.

College and Career Resources

Check out our Guidance webpage for College and Career Resources. The following articles are just a few examples of information available on our College and Career Resource page.

A Middle School Parent's College Prep Guide

Preparing Middle School Students for a Career

Get a Jump Start - Prepare for College Before High School

Get Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

Here's another example of the need for students to learn skills to adapt and cope with difficult situations. This article is about finding a job after college but shows how important it is to develop the skill of adapting to 'being uncomfortable'.

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.

It's Not Too late to Complete our 8th Grade Student Survey on Four Year Planning

If you are an 8th grader and have not yet completed this survey, we would appreciate if you could spend 2-3 minutes to complete it by clicking on the link below.

Mrs. Deborah Miller - Academic Advisor A-P, IPE Coordinator

MEd, PPS - School Counseling

Mrs. Jessica Ochoa - Academic Advisor Q-Z

MEd - School Counseling

Mrs. Ochoa is available in person on Mondays and Tuesdays and every other Wednesday. She may also be reached via email on days she is not on the Las Flores Middle School campus.

Mrs. Alexis Goddard - School Counselor

MS, PPS - School Counseling

Mr. Andrew Fredriksz - School Counselor Intern

Mrs. Sonia Eatmon - School Psychologist

MS, PPS - School Psychology

Mrs. Lynda Sherman - 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.