North Canton Middle School Guidance

Exciting things happening in the Guidance Department!

NOVEMBER 2014

Meet your North Canton Middle School Counselors:

6th Grade: Mrs. Sue VanNostran

7th Grade: Mrs. Jami Brennan

8th Grade: Ms. Terri Simmons


*Guidance Secretary - Mrs. Barb Ianni


The role of the counselor is to provide students with the tools necessary to help with the student's personal/social, career and academic success. Here at NCMS, our counseling department encourages every student to reach his or her highest potential. Your counselors are here to help meet the needs of students and families. Do not hesitate to email or call us!

*Feel free to visit the North Canton Middle School Guidance Webpage for additional info:

Internet Safety Presentation To All NCMS Students

We are happy to inform you that November at NCMS is Internet Safety Month. This month the students will hear about appropriate use of technology and social media. Mr. Jake Morgan from the Stark County Prosecutors Office will be at NCMS to present and inform our students on internet safety.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN 6TH GRADE?

Character Building through Camp Muskingum

During October and November, 6th graders will participation in fun-filled activities at Camp Muskingum. Every 6th grader will have the opportunity to spend 3 days in the wilderness exploring the outdoors and learning team building skills. This is a great experience for all NCMS students, teachers and staff members who attend!

BOYS LUNCH GROUP

Mrs. VanNostran is currently running a lunch chat once a week during lunch. The purpose of the lunch group is for students to meet new people, make connections, and talk about school topics. If you would like to be a part of one of Mrs. VanNostran's lunch chats in the future, just let Mrs. VanNostran know.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN 7TH GRADE?

AGAPE GIRLS and THE HUDDLE

Throughout the year, both boys and girls will be participating in gender specific groups focusing on hot topics such as: self esteem, friendships, and making good decisions.

Girls will participate in the AGAPE GIRLS Program and the boys will participate in THE HUDDLE Program. These groups will meet once a month, starting in October.

GIRL'S LUNCH CHATS

Mrs. Brennan is currently running two lunch chats once a week during lunch. The purpose of the lunch groups are for students to meet new people, make connections, and have the opportunity to discuss "girl topics." If you would like to be a part of one of Mrs. Brennan's lunch chats in the future, just let Mrs. Brennan know.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN 8TH GRADE?

NOVEMBER: CAREER EXPLORATION!

This month is Career Exploration Month for 8th Graders. Every 8th grader will participate in career activities through classroom lessons presented by their counselor, Ms. Simmons. On November 20st, students will participate in 8th Grade Career Day. During 8th Grade Career Day, 8th graders will have the opportunity to hear from various community professionals and will learn about career options.

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8th Grade Group: THIP - Teens Helping Informing and Preventing

THIP is a group that focuses on leadership and looking at ways to positively lead and influence their peers. Ms. Simmons runs this group. Students participating in THIP talk about topics that affect teens and ways to increase awareness and to do their part. If you would like more information on THIP, please feel free to email or call Ms. Simmons.

DID YOU KNOW...

BE SAFE! BE SMART! BE KIND!

Did you know?

  • 93% of teens (12-17) go online.
  • Of the children (0-5) who use the Internet, 80% use it at least once a week.
  • On average, texting teens (12-17) send and receive 1500 text messages a month.
  • 1 in 3 teens (12-17) have experienced online harassment.
  • 1 in 6 U.S. children grades six to ten (that’s 3.2 million students) are targets of online bullying every year.
  • One million children were harassed, threatend or subjected to other forms of cyberbullying on Facebook during the past year.
  • 1 in 7 kids (ages 12 to 17-years-old) were sexually solicited or approached online.
  • 71% of kids get messages online from someone they don’t know
  • Only 15% of parents are “in the know” about their kids social networking habits.



*A few Helpful Internet Sites for Parents and Students:

- http://kidshealth.org/teen/safety/safebasics/internet_safety.html

- http://www.netsmartz.org/safety/statistics

- http://www.atg.wa.gov/InternetSafety/BullyingOnline.aspx

- http://www.internetsafety101.org/cyberbullyingstatistics.htm

- http://www.guardchild.com/statistics/

NCMS HAS CHARACTER!

6 Pillars of Character Education:

http://charactercounts.org/sixpillars.html

1.) Trustworthiness
Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends and country

2.) Respect
Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements

3.) Responsibility
Do what you are supposed to do • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your choices

4.) Fairness
Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly

5.) Caring
Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need

6.) Citizenship
Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment