EMS Counselor's Corner

January 2016

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a nice break. At the start of the new year it is often customary for people to create resolutions, or goals. Encourage your student to start out the new semester with a goal to be successful in school! To help achieve success, feel free to tailor your goal using the SMART method.

SMART goals are:

Specific: What is it that you want to accomplish? Usually answers the 5 Ws (Who? What? Where? When? Why?)

Measurable: How will you know when the goal is accomplished?

Attainable: Is it realistic?

Relevant: Does this goal meet a need?

Time-bound: What is the deadline for meeting this goal?

Here are some suggestions for SMART goals students can set for the new school year:
  • Grade Goal: During the first marking period, I will complete my homework during the hours of 6 to 7 p.m. on school nights at my desk in my bedroom.
  • Organization Goal: I will spend 10 minutes each day when I get home (during the school year when school is in session) to go through the items in my backpack to make sure they are in the proper location. I will then dispose of any items I do not need or that do not belong in my backpack.
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No Name-Calling Week

No Name-Calling Week is all about celebrating kindness and respecting others. Get your kindness on the week of January 18-22 (and every week). Whether you have a minute, an hour, or an afternoon, you can #CelebrateKindness with your friends, classmates, educators, and strangers! Don’t forget to document your actions on social media by using the hashtags #CelebrateKindness


  • Catch someone being kind! See a friend being kind? Take a pic and tag it with hashtag #CaughtBeingKind.
  • Do a random act of kindness. If you have your phone on you, take a pic, and share it using the hashtag #CelebrateKindness


  • Print and post No Name-Calling Week posters around school. Remember to get permission from the appropriate teachers and administrators before you post them!
  • Advocate for your teachers to use one of the many middle or high school lesson plans!


  • Watch one of these awesome films by our friends at GroundSpark and consider its implications for society today and your school environment; even better, grab a few of your friends (or GSA), then watch and discuss the film(s) together!
  • Create! Use the afternoon to create something to enter in the Creative Expression Exhibit.
  • Pass a Proclamation! Use this guide to research and advocate for a No Name-Calling Week proclamation in your school district or community.
  • Donate a book! Here’s a list of great No Name-Calling Week books you can purchase and donate to your former elementary school, or elementary schools in the area.

To learn more about No Name-Calling Week, visit GLSEN.org/nonamecallingweek.

Midway Celebration

Congratulations again to our students who were recognized during our Midway Celebration before break. We salute those students who excelled in attendance, MAP testing, the Geography Bee, the Spelling Bee, and Students of the Month. Also a shout-out to our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choir, 7th and 8th grade band, and our Acapella group for their excellent performances.

How to See the Counselor?

A student can be referred to the counselor by:

  • The student
  • A parent
  • A teacher

To be referred:

  • A parent can call or email counselor
  • A student can complete a student referral form found at the counselor's office or teacher's room
  • A teacher can call or email counselor

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