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February 2023 ~ Celebrating Black History Month and National School Counselor Appreciation Week.
Feb. 1st National Texas Day
Feb. 2nd Groundhog Day
Feb. 6th-10th School Counselor Appreciation Week
Feb. 14th Valentine's Day
Feb. 20th Student/Staff Holiday, Presidents Day
Feb. 28th Hays Youth Art Reception ~Elementary ~ 5:30 pm - 7:30pm @ Old Buda Elementary
Black History is American History.
Black History Month can serve as an opportunity to teach with intention honoring the tradition and importance of Black history and culture. Social and emotional practices can help to teach a more inclusive narrative about the contributions of Black Americans in this country. When reflecting on contributions, experiences and achievements without ignoring painful truths it can be helpful to:
- Examine the leadership principles that helped drive influential movements that led to change.
- Practicing active listening skills and gather feedback.
- Be responsive to student's feelings - and our own - about historical events.
- Activate relationship-focused skills, like empathy, to build trust.
- Utilize strengths to problem solve and work towards equitable outcomes for all.
- Include Black experiences and events that center joy, inspiration, hope and celebration.
City of Kyle Reflects on Black History, Events and People.
Barbara Charline Jordan was a lawyer, educator & politician who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate & the first Southern African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives. (Click on the button below to learn more!)
February 6-10th, National School Counseling Week WE ❤️ OUR HAYS CISD COUNSELORS!
“School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career options and social/emotional skills,” said Jill Cook, ASCA executive director. “School counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success.”
SCHOOL COUNSELING IS A WORK OF HEART ❤️
- positively impact the mindsets and behaviors all students needs for success.
- address opportunity gaps.
- help improve student attendance, achievement, and discipline.
- support not just students but also parents, teachers and other staff.
- help the entire school community further students' educational, personal, emotional, and social growth.
And so much more! Our counselors are AMAZING!!
Contest is open to Texas students and adults in four age groups: elementary, middle, high school and adults. Click here to learn more!
Newsletter Designed and Created by Tracy Mayhue, ESSER SEL Specialist
Look for the March issue of Take 5 for SEL on Wednesday, March 1st ~ Celebrating #SEL Day and Neurodiversity Week!