Counselor's Bulletin

October 2019

Social/Emotional Focus

Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month

September was Suicide Prevention & Awareness month. Students participated in a lesson focused on positive self-talk and suicide prevention. The following information was presented to students and I would encourage parents to have conversations with your child about suicide - even if you aren't concerned they are experiencing thoughts of hurting themselves. Chances are either they or a friend will someday and having the conversation now will give them the tools to better handle the situation later.


Suicide is PREVENTABLE

Source: suicideispreventable.org

Know the Signs

If you observe one or more of these warning signs, especially if the behavior is new, has increased or seems related to a painful event, loss or change:

  • Talking about wanting to die or suicide
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
  • Feeling hopeless, desperate or trapped
  • Giving away possessions
  • Putting affairs in order
  • Reckless behavior
  • Uncontrollable anger
  • Increased drug or alcohol use
  • Withdrawal
  • Anxiety or agitation
  • Changes in sleep
  • Sudden mood changes
  • No sense of purpose

If you sense something is wrong with someone, trust your instincts and get more information from a professional OR at suicideispreventable.org.


Find the Words

"Are you thinking of ending your life?" Few phrases are as difficult to say to a loved one, but when it comes to suicide prevention, none are more important.

  • Start the conversation - mention the warning signs you are noticing.
  • Ask about suicide. "Are you thinking about suicide?"
  • Listen, express concerns and reassure.


Reach Out

If you see even one warning sign, step in or speak up. You don't have to do it alone, help is available. Find a trusted adult or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to talk with a trained counselor 24/7 at 1.800.273.8255.

Academic Focus

Successful High School Students...

COME TO SCHOOL READY TO LEARN

Be on-time • Be awake and alert • Be respectful to adults and peers •Be prepared for class

ARE ORGANIZED

Use a planner • Find a system of organization that works for you • Have a set time & place to study every day • Talk with your teachers if you are absent

ARE INVOLVED IN THE SCHOOL AND/OR COMMUNITY

Find at least ONE thing you enjoy and join • Gives you a sense of belonging and purpose • Helps build connections to other students and adults

ASK FOR HELP

Teachers • Mentor • School Counselor •Coach • Parents • Friends • Boss • Pastor • Family

HAVE A SUPPORT SYSTEM

Find friends that are a positive influence • Make a connection with an adult that you can trust •

STUDY AND DO THE HOMEWORK

Turn assignments in on-time • Make sure it is complete and done well • Ask questions if you don't understand •Study 10 mins each night to avoid having to cram for tests

TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES

Get 8 hours of sleep • Eat breakfast and at least two other healthy meals • Drink water • Exercise regularly • Avoid vaping, alcohol, other drugs • Learn to manage your time

ARE ABLE TO WORK WITH OTHERS

Even those with different backgrounds, beliefs, opinions, learning/teaching styles, experiences, interests • Everyone has value • Everyone MATTERS

PARTICIPATE IN CLASS

Raise your hand • Ask questions • Answer questions • Offer your opinion • Volunteer

DO THEIR BEST EVERY TIME

Give your best effort • Have a positive attitudePersevere through the tough stuff


College & Career Focus

Dual Credit Registration

Starting this school year, we will be partnering with Wayne State College and Northeast Community College for dual credit options. All dual credit courses will register in the next month and parents need to be aware of the process. This change benefits students and parents as the tuition for the courses is $49/credit hour. Please note that payment must be submitted with the registration for Wayne State College.


What is dual credit?

Dual credit is when a student can earn both high school credit AND college credit by taking the course. Students need to pay the fee for the college tuition, but Boone Central pays for the book for the class. Typically, dual credit courses take the place of general education requirements students need to complete their college degree.


The following are classes available for dual credit:

Wayne State College

  • Advanced Biology (includes a lab) - 3 credits
  • American History - 3 credits
  • Calculus - 5 credits
  • Chemistry (includes a lab and transfers as a Physical Science course) - 3 credits
  • College Algebra - 3 credits


Northeast Community College

  • English 12 - 3 credits


Additionally, there are some prerequisites to be able to take the above math and English classes for college credit. If your child does not have a high enough test score, I have been in contact with them about retaking either the ACT or MAP tests to try to get the higher score. Please let me know if you have questions!


English -

  • 18 on the Reading and English tests of the ACT OR
  • 228 on the Reading and Language Usage test of MAP

College Algebra

  • 21 on the Math test of the ACT

Calculus

  • 25 on the Math test of the ACT


Students will be getting the registration sheets next week, so please be talking with your child about taking these courses for college credit. I have included links to transfer guides for several of the different colleges in Nebraska. These are guides to help students and parents make decisions about what is best for each student. Please see me with questions!

Individual Senior Meetings

I met individually with seniors this past week. My question to each senior was, "What are your plans after high school?" Based on their response, we set goals for each senior to accomplish during the fall semester. Examples of some of the goals we set are listed below. I encourage you to talk with your child about what specific goals he/she needs to be working on.


  1. Schedule and take college visits.
  2. Complete an activities resume.
  3. Apply to a specific college they haven't applied to already.
  4. Request an FSA ID and complete the FAFSA.
  5. Start researching and applying for scholarships. This would include scholarships from colleges and scholarships at the state and national level. Local scholarships will be available to seniors in mid-December.


I encourage seniors to stay on top of the college planning process because time has a way of getting away from us!

FAFSA Completion

Attention Senior Parents!!

Beginning October 1, students/parents can complete the 2020-21 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is the application for state, federal, and college-based financial aid.


Follow these tips to prepare:

  • Create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) for you and one for a parent at fsaid.ed.gov. Student and a parent will each need an FSA ID to access and sign the FAFSA.


  • Review the FAFSA Checklist at EducationQuest.org for items you’ll need to complete the FAFSA.



  • Senior Work Night - October 17th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the HS Library, we will be completing the FAFSA. If you are nervous about filling it out, stop in and get assistance! Please let me know if you are planning to come so I can make sure we have enough computers available.


  • For free help with the FAFSA, call EducationQuest to make an appointment:
  • Omaha – 888.357.6300 • Lincoln – 800.303.3745 • Kearney – 800.666.3721