Arcola~ The Magic in the Middle
May 16, 2021
Dear Arcola Families:
The grade social is still accepting forms and we hope to see you all there to celebrate!
Work hard and stay strong!
The Counselor Corner
Over the course of three weeks in May we will have PSSA and Keystone testing. For some of our virtual learners, returning to the school building after not being there for over a year can be very stressful and cause anxiety. Please let us know if they are struggling and we will work with them on some strategies to help with their anxious feelings.
Every student has a preferred learning style. Our 7th Graders will be completing a learning styles inventory in Naviance in the next several weeks to discover how they learn best and how knowing this can help improve their study habits. Students on Team Blizzard will have the lesson on May 14; Team Avalanche on May 26; and Team Tsunami on June 4.
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Sadly, suicide completion rates are at a 30-year high. Anxiety, depression, and self-harm are also on the increase, particularly among adolescents. The Methacton web site has a list of hotline numbers for various agencies in the “Informational Resources & Hotlines” section (https://www.methacton.org/Page/283). If you have any questions or concerns about your student, please reach out to their school counselor to see how they can help.
Also attached is this month’s issue of Middle Years, a newsletter focused on helping you improve your student’s success in school. We hope you enjoy reading it!