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NWMS Counseling Newsletter: Term 1, 2022

Dates to Remember

Fall Break: Oct 13, 14 No School

Parent/Family Conferences: Oct 20: 5-7

College, Career, Community Event: Oct 20: 5-7

Plan for College & Carreer Readiness (PCCR) in classes Oct 26,27 in History Classes

At-home Learning Day: Nov 1 (student learning but not at school building)

End of Term 1: Nov 4

Thanksgiving Break: Nov 23-25 No School

Health Benefits of Gratitude

When was the last time you stopped to really acknowledge the things you’re thankful for? There’s a whole host of reasons why we should make gratitude a daily practice — research has shown that being thankful confers a whole host of health benefits, from improved immune systems, to feelings of connectedness, even higher team morale.

1. Good for the heart. A 1995 study in the American Journal of Cardiology showed that appreciation and positive emotions are linked with changes in heart rate variability.

2. Good for the immune system. Gratefulness is linked with optimism, which in turn is linked with better immun health WebMD reported.

3. Reduces stress. WebMD reported that negative events can boost gratitude, and that gratitude can help to boost feelings of belonging and decrease feelings of stress. For example, a survey showed that feelings of gratitude were at high levels after 9/11, according to WebMD.

4. Strengthens relationships. Being thankful for the little things your partner does could make your relationship stronger, according to a study in the journal Personal Relationships. The Telegraph reported on the study, which showed that journaling about the thoughtful things your partner did was linked with a beneficial outcome on the relationship.

5. Improves sleep. Writing down what you’re thankful for as you drift off to sleep can help you get better ZZs, according to a study in the Journal of Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being.

6. Higher Grades. Grateful middle-schoolers have higher GPA's— as well as better social integration and satisfaction with life — than their not-grateful counterparts, according to a 2010 study in the Journal of Happiness Studies.

Warrior Club

Students who have a 3.2 GPA (B+ Average) and less than 6 tardies receive a certificate & privilege of early out lunch. Work this term to receive a warrior club card for next term. Be sure to check your grades and tardies on PowerSchool. Parents, you also have access to your students PowerSchool Account. Remember your teachers and counselor can help you do this.

Northwest Counseling Center

Phone Number: (801) 578-8547

Nereida Beltrán (A-F) x 1403

Dan Sachse (G-M) x 1402

Tra'Cee Brothers (N-Z) x1404

*Counselor assignment based on Last Name

8th Grade PCCR's: Plan for College and Career Readiness

High School is around the corner and there are many differences. Post High School has so many paths to explore for options. We would love to sit down with you and your student to discuss the possibilities. The more knowledge you have; options you are aware of, the better informed decision you can make. Let us help you. Call your student's counselor to set up a meeting now. We will also be available during Parent Teacher Conferences, Oct. 20.

Take Care Utah

We are Take Care Utah. We help families apply for Medicaid, CHIP, and Obamacare. All of our services are free! Please call us at 801-433-2299 or visit

Salt Lake City Library

Need Homework Help?

Students can get free online tutoring help with their City Library card. Just log in with your card number and pin at

HelpNow's features include:

  • Homework Help Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests.
  • Skills-Building Choose your topic to receive real-time help.
  • Personalized eLearning Tools My File Sharing, My Session Replay, My Tutoring Archive, My Tests Archive, and more!
  • 24-Hour Writing Lab Submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback.
  • Homework Send Question Submit homework questions for expert guidance.
  • Adult Learning Center Access a library of rich adult learning content (GED) and live, professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, U.S. citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills Series, and more!
  • Foreign Language Lab /Spanish-Speaking Support

You can also check out books and other materials, access computers, and attend fun, free events at your local library. Check out for more information!

NW Middle School Food Pantry

Fridays our food pantry is available. Please contact Jessica Thompson here at NW x1202 for details and set up a time.

Rose Park Neighborhood Center

Current Services:

-English Groups (morning and evening)

-Immigrant Services

-Digital Literacy Groups

-Citizenship Classes

-Space for Community Events

-After School Program for 8th-12th grade

-Walk-in services and more!

Monday -Thursday from 10 am -7 pm



Rose Park Neighborhood Center

754 North 800 West

SLC, UT 84116