Counselor Connection

February-March Edition

Parent-Teacher Conferences

February 3rd and February 11th 2016

The parent teacher conference is a time to check in with your child's teacher regarding academic progress and to develop a working relationship with your child's teacher. The time provided is short, so the following are some suggestions to make the most of your time.

1. Check your child's progress on PASS. Having a sense of your child's grades can eliminate any surprises at conference night and can help you prepare questions about how you can best support your child and the teacher's efforts.

2. If there are concerns, collaboratively look for solutions. As a parent, you are the teacher's' best resource concerning how to motivate your child. Provide the teacher with ideas that have worked for you. Remember, education is a partnership and your participation is necessary to facilitate success.

3. Ask the most important questions you have first. Since the time is limited, spend it wisely by discussing the most pressing issues right away.

4. Ask about anything you do not understand. Education is full of acronyms (TBT, I/E, PBIS etc.) and educators sometimes forget that parents may not know what they mean. If there is language that you are unfamiliar with, ask the teacher to clarify.

5. Specifically ask what you can do to support your child at home. When you leave the conference you should have a good idea of your child's current progress, strengths, and areas that are in need of improvement. As a partner in the educational process, the work that you carry through at home is crucial to the success of your child.

6. Talk to your child about the conference. Make sure to include the positive points of the meeting, concerns, and any plans that were developed.

Classroom Guidance

6th Grade Learning Styles and Goal Setting

Students in 6th grade will be exploring their learning styles. A short quiz will determine whether they learn best through vision, hearing or movement. With their results, students will learn tips on how to help them study better using their particular learning style. This information will be shared with this year's teachers so that they are able to better help students succeed in the classroom. Be sure to ask your child if they are an auditory, visual, or kinesthetic learner. Knowing this information could help when structuring study time at home. What kind of learner are you? Take the quiz below to find out!

5th Grade Stress and Peer Pressure

The Elementary Guidance Department is excited to reintroduce the 5th grade curriculum this school year. Lessons will focus on stress recognition and management as well as skills to assist students when faced with negative peer pressure. Students in 5th grade are at a transitional period personally, socially, and academically. Together we can equip students to navigate the upcoming years with success.

The Game of Life

Before the winter break, 6th Graders experienced the Game of Life in person. Lorain County Community College brought this game to all Strongsville elementary schools. Students were randomly assigned a job at an imaginary amusement park and given a monthly salary. They had to use their salary to pay for a home, car, groceries, utilities, credit cards, and even taxes! A few unfortunate souls even ended up in "Jail" because they did not have enough money left for taxes. This game gives students a glimpse into the world of finances and the importance of making good educational decisions now for their future. Thanks to Karen Tomcko and her team from Lorain County Community College for making this possible for our students.
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The safety of our students is our chief concern as educators. We strive to keep our students safe in the building, on the playground, and when traveling to and from school. As the digital world becomes more prevalent in the academic and social aspects of students’ lives, it is important that students are taught how to keep themselves safe online.

Some simple rules for internet safety are:

  1. Never share personal information (name, age, address, school) online.

  2. Never share passwords (unless with parents).

  3. Tell a trusted adult if you feel uncomfortable or scared by something online.

  4. Never post something mean, rude, or hurtful online.

Recently, a representative from the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) spoke to a group of parents in our district about strategies to keep children safe online. More information about ICAC and resources for you and your student(s) can be found at

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