7th Grade Counseling Blast

Week of February 3rd

February Upcoming Events


Tuesday, February 4th: Final Boys and Girls Home Basketball Game in the Big Gym- SHOW YOUR CCP SPIRIT!


Wednesday, February 5th-Tuesday February 11th: Valogram Sales at Lunch (see below for details)


Saturday, February 8th: ACT for Qualified 7th Graders


Monday, February 10th: Spring Sports Start-Boys and Girls Track and Field, Boys Soccer


Thursday, February 13th: Valograms delivered during classes


Saturday, February 22nd: Leadership Council Community Service Project at Second Harvest Food Bank 9am-12pm


Friday, February 28th: Spring Fling Dance 6pm-8pm in the Big Gym

Valograms

Leadership Council will come around during Crew on Wednesday to explain Valograms to your students. Here is the announcement:


Valentines Day is coming up next Friday!

Show your friends and special someones that you care! Give them a special valentine during class...a Valogram!

Leadership Council will be selling Valograms all this week at lunch in the cafeteria. You can purchase one to be delivered to your friends or special someone next week before Valentine’s Day. You get to personalize it and show how much you care for and appreciate them.

Choose from the following Valograms to be sent:

Card-$0.25

Card and Candy-$0.50

Card and Carnation-$1.00

Card, Candy, and Carnation-$1.50

You must pay at the time of your order. Your orders will be delivered Thursday, February 13th during class.

The money raised will be used to fund the Spring Dance coming up February 28th. Be on the look out for more information on the Dance coming soon!

New Students

I will be meeting this week with new students during lunch on Thursday and Friday to see how they are adjusting to CCP and do some activities with them. I will ask for your help in locating them as I do not know most of them. If you have any additional concerns regarding any of the new students please reach out to me or fill out one of the individual referral forms attached below.


7th Grade New Students:

Abdo, Eriny G

Buford, Jasmine R

Carrasquillo, Keilah G

Carrasquillo, Will G
Hernandez, Vanessa
Howlett, Morgan P

Tutoring Offered as Elective

Things with tutoring have been up in the air lately. However, it was decided was that tutoring will now be offered as an elective class for qualifying 7th graders. These 7th graders would NOT go to PE or Music and instead would only go to Tutor during their elective time. I will be giving them a Pass or Fail grade. Please email me recommending any 7th Graders who are interested and would be a good 5th grade tutor.

School Store Update

The school store will still be CLOSED this week. Leadership Council will be taking over the store starting next week. It will be organized, cleaned, and newly priced. This semester you will only be able to take your students during Crew. At all other times the store will be locked. There will be two Leadership Council members running the store everyday during Crew. When you take your students please allow 4-5 students in the store at a time. LC students will check out the students and monitor the store and you can monitor your other students in the hall. Starting next week, please sign up to take your Crew on the School Store calendar. If you have any questions or concerns let me know!

Soaring Students

If you want me to still print the awards and the pictures, just let me know! It seems like it might be easier for ya'll to do it. I am good either way!

Crew/Anti-Bullying

I will continue to post Crew plans to the Crew calendar. Let me know what suggestions/questions/concerns you have.


Anti-Bullying Month/Week is postponed until March.

Classroom Guidance

If you would like me to come in and do a lesson on character traits, study skills, test taking strategies, bullying, peer pressure, etc...please email me at least two weeks in advance. I am happy to come in and do a lesson with your students. If you would like to do one yourself I have many resources and lesson plans that I can send you on various topics.

Groups

Lunch Groups will start next week. Below are the descriptions of the groups, the groups schedule, and the link to the counseling groups google doc to see which students are in the groups. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Groups Schedule

Leadership Council 7th-Monday Lunch and Recess (12:40-1:40)-This week our meeting will be tomorrow (Tuesday) due to No School today.


Self-Esteem/Anxiety Girls Group 7th-Tuesday Lunch and Recess (12:40-1:40)


Social Skills/Organization Boys Group 7th-Friday Lunch and Recess (12:40-1:40)

Individual Students

You can see the list of students I see individually in the link to the counseling google doc below. Please also invite me to S-team meetings for these students and any other students that might benefit from a counseling perspective. I am also in charge of any students with 504s and meetings to assess students for 504s. I will update you on things I am working on with the individual students. Feel free to email me or schedule a meeting if you would like to discuss a student more in depth.


If a student is in crisis, please text me and I will come get them from your room.


If you think a student will benefit from individual counseling or additional support who is not in crisis, please do not email/text me about them or send them to me. Instead, please fill out the referral form so Sanjana and I can figure out the best support service for them.


Student Updates/Concerns

K. Nguyen needs our extra support. I would like to set up a time to talk about him. I am not sure what to do with him at this point. Can his teachers email me with times this week to meet?


M. Robiou also needs extra support. Could his teachers talk with him about how to best support him in his classes? He is feeling extra angry and frustrated lately. I think with extra attention he should do better.


I. Hernandez seems to be doing a lot better. You can always use me as a positive incentive. Tell her you are going to text me about how well she is doing. She is loving the positive attention. Let's keep giving it to her.

Leadership Council

Leadership Council will meet tomorrow, Tuesday, during lunch. I may need to pull them for Valograms this week and will try to only do so during lunch/recess and electives.


Leadership Council will also be manning the School Store from now on. Once a week two of them will miss the second part of Crew. They know to check in with Crew and get their practice checked and do anything else required before coming to me.


We will be doing a Community Service Project on Saturday, February 22nd 9am-12pm at Second Harvest. Let me know if you want to join!


Please keep me updated on students in Leadership Council. If there are academic or behavior concerns that I need to be aware please let me know. Right now I am concerned about Lastejel and will be speaking to her tomorrow. Anyone else?


If you have any questions/concerns or suggestions for Leadership Council in general please let me know!

Meet Laura Grace! Counseling Practicum Intern

Laura Grace will being doing her Counseling Practicum at CCP this semester. She will be here on Thursdays and has individual students and a group she will do. You can see these students in the counseling google doc.


Hi Teachers and Staff of CCP,

I just wanted to introduce myself, my name is Laura Grace Carroll and I will be interning with Ashley Parker in the counseling office this semester, so you will likely see me around the halls over the next few months. I am in my first year of the Human Development Counseling program at Vanderbilt, and I am really excited about getting to work with the students and faculty at Cameron this semester. I just wanted to let you know who I am, but please stop and introduce yourself when you have a chance. I am excited about getting to be a part of all the wonderful work you all do.

Laura Grace Carroll

From the Counselor's Desk-Students with Suicidal Thoughts

Some teachers had asked about what to do with a student who is suicidal or exhibiting warning signs of being suicidal. Below is some information and tips in working with students.



What to Do

Youth who feel suicidal are not likely to seek help directly; however, parents, school personnel, and peers can recognize the warning signs and take immediate action to keep the youth safe. When a youth gives signs that they may be considering suicide, the following actions should be taken:

  • Remain calm.
  • Ask the youth directly if he or she is thinking about suicide.
  • Focus on your concern for their wellbeing and avoid being accusatory.
  • Listen.
  • Reassure them that there is help and they will not feel like this forever.
  • Do not judge.
  • Provide constant supervision. Do not leave the youth alone.
  • Remove means for self-harm.
  • Get help: Contact me immediately and I will come get the student. I will conduct a thorough suicide assessment and get the student the help s/he needs.


Recognizing the Warning Signs

Suicide and other self-destructive behaviors rarely occur without some warning signs. You, perhaps even more than parents of teens, can assess what is "normal" adolescent behavior and what may be an indication that something is wrong.


Here are some signs that a young person may be considering suicide:

  • A suddenly deteriorating academic performance. Teens who were typically conscientious about their school work and who are now neglecting assignments, cutting classes, or missing school altogether may be experiencing problems that can affect their academic success, behavior, and health and put them at risk of suicide.
  • Self-mutilation. Some young people resort to cutting their arms or legs with razor blades and other sharp objects to cope with emotional pain. Self-mutilation of this type is an unmistakable sign that something is wrong.
  • A fixation with death or violence. Teens may express this fixation through poetry, essays, doodling, or other artwork. They may be preoccupied with violent movies, video games, and music, or fascinated with weapons.
  • Unhealthy peer relationships. Teens whose circle of friends dramatically changes for no apparent reason, who don’t have friends, or who begin associating with other young people known for substance abuse or other risk behaviors may signal a change in their emotional lives. Their destructive behaviors may discourage more stable friends from associating with them, or they themselves may reject former friends who "don’t understand [them] any more."
  • Volatile mood swings or a sudden change in personality. Students who become sullen, silent, and withdrawn, or angry and acting out, may have problems that can lead to suicide.
  • Indications that the student is in an unhealthy, destructive, or abusive relationship. This can include abusive relationships with peers or family members. Signs of an abusive relationship include unexplained bruises, a swollen face, or other injuries, particularly if the student refuses to discuss them.
  • Risk-taking behaviors. Risk-taking behaviors often co-occur and are symptomatic of underlying emotional or social problems. Such behaviors as unprotected or promiscuous sex, alcohol or other drug use, driving recklessly or without a license, petty theft, or vandalism, especially by young people who formerly did not engage in these activities, can be an indication that something is wrong.
  • Signs of an eating disorder. An eating disorder is an unmistakable sign that a student needs help. A dramatic change in weight that is not associated with a medically supervised diet may also indicate that something is wrong.
  • Difficulty in adjusting to gender identity. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered teens have higher suicide attempt rates than their heterosexual peers. While coming to terms with gender identity can be challenging for many young people, gay and lesbian youth face social pressures that can make this adjustment especially difficult.
  • Bullying. Children and adolescents who are bullied, as well as those who bully, are at increased risk of depression and suicidal ideation (Kaltiala-Heino, Rimpela, Marttunen, Rimpela, & Rantanen, 1999).
  • Depression. Although most people who are clinically depressed do not attempt suicide, depression significantly increases the risk of suicide or suicide attempts. Symptoms of depression include the following:
    • A sudden worsening in academic performance
    • Withdrawal from friends and extracurricular activities
    • Expressions of sadness and hopelessness, or anger and rage
    • A sudden decline in enthusiasm and energy
    • Overreaction to criticism
    • Lowered self-esteem, or feelings of guilt
    • Indecision, lack of concentration, and forgetfulness
    • Restlessness and agitation
    • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
    • Unprovoked episodes of crying
    • Sudden neglect of appearance and hygiene
    • Fatigue
    • The abuse of alcohol or other drugs as young people try to "self-medicate" their emotional pain


    Some warning signs of suicide demand immediate action:

    • Talking or writing about suicide or death
    • Giving direct verbal cues, such as "I wish I were dead" and "I’m going to end it all"
    • Giving less direct verbal cues, such as "You will be better off without me," "What’s the point of living?", "Soon you won’t have to worry about me," and "Who cares if I’m dead, anyway?"
    • Isolating him- or herself from friends and family
    • Expressing the belief that life is meaningless
    • Giving away prized possessions
    • Exhibiting a sudden and unexplained improvement in mood after being depressed or withdrawn
    • Neglecting his or her appearance and hygiene
    • Dropping out of school or social, athletic, and/or community activities
    • Obtaining a weapon (such as a firearm) or another means of hurting him- or herself (such as prescription medications)



Resiliency Factors

The presence of resiliency factors can lessen the potential of risk factors to lead to suicidal ideation and behaviors. Once a child or adolescent is considered at risk, schools, families, and friends should work to build these factors in and around the youth. These include:

  • Family support and cohesion, including good communication.
  • Peer support and close social networks.
  • School and community connectedness.
  • Cultural or religious beliefs that discourage suicide and promote healthy living.
  • Adaptive coping and problem-solving skills, including conflict-resolution.
  • General life satisfaction, good self-esteem, sense of purpose.
  • Easy access to effective medical and mental health resources.