JTMS Counseling Newsletter

October 26, 2020

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JTMS Loses a Shining Star

It is with great sorrow that the JTMS Counseling staff says goodbye to our truly amazing colleague and JTMS's beloved 8 Blue Social Studies teacher, Cheryl Miskimon. The thousands of students she has taught and mentored, all of the members of Jefferson Township Public Schools, our community and families are feeling shocked and saddened by this sudden loss. She touched so many lives, and she will be dearly missed. Our thoughts go out to her husband, daughter and son, her extended family and loved ones. We understand if you are heartbroken because we are, too.

Students, we are here to support you through this difficult time. If you need to talk with us, cry or grieve, all JTPS counselors and Child Study Team members will be available for you on google meets today and tomorrow, which you can find on our google classrooms and in the link below. Families, thank you for your help in supporting your children through this loss. We are here for you.


JTMS Welcomes Students Back to School

This week many of you will be starting your in-person schooling at JTMS! We are so excited to see your smiling FACES! (And we can tell when you smile because your eyes will be smiling, too!)


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Faculty Bitmojis with Masks on a JTMS Bulletin Board

This Week's Events: Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is a a yearly event from October 23-30th to promote drug-free life in young people. It's the largest drug abuse prevention campaign in the country. And this week presents a chance for students to learn about how to avoid the dangers of drugs, cigarettes, vaping and alcohol.

One important way that helps young people stay drug free is by having positive things in their lives, called "Protective Factors." Here are some ways that you can build your own protective factors, and build a healthy, satisfying and happy young adult life.

• Talk with your parents and other adults. Positive role models will be there to listen and help you through both the good times and the bad.

• Participate in activities. Get involved at school, in your community, church, or at home. Physical activities and social interactions will keep you happy and healthy!

• Manage your stress. Take a break and do something you like to do: go for a walk, exercise, listen to music, meditate, or speak with someone about what is going on.

• Take care of yourself by eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep every night.

• Build positive self-esteem and develop self-control, which will help you make good decisions and be successful in your relationships and life in general.

• Avoid negative behaviors such as aggression, bullying, and distancing yourself from others.

Source: https://www.dfaf.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Protective-Factors-for-Youth.pdf

More information and tips can be found there.

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National Red Ribbon Photo Contest

Would you like to WIN AN IPAD and $1000 for your school? Enter this Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest and you might just win! Deadline November 1st. See link below for details.


In Case You Missed It: Like and Follow Us on Twitter

The JTMS Counseling Department has just joined the social media world and we can't wait to share news, updates, and information with you there! 'Follow' us on Twitter @JTMSCounseling!
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Essentials with Miss Ellingsen

STOP for Mindfulness

When it feels like you have a busy day every day, it may seem hard to take a few minutes to care for yourself but it can be just that, a few minutes. Take time to “STOP” for mindfulness - Stop, Take a Breath, Observe, and Proceed.

STOP for Mindfulness

Some Helpful Links

Red Ribbon Week - Distance Learning Science Educational Videos for Elementary Students and Kids

Q&A with Natural High Storyteller, Matt Bellace on 10/29

Matt Bellace, PhD., is a psychologist, comedian and the author of A Natural High. As a part of Red Ribbon Week The National Family Partnership is hosting a special Question and Answer session. As a psychologist and comedian, Matt Bellace is the perfect combination to help us better understand substance abuse and the importance of living naturally high. Join the crew at 1PM Eastern on October 29th. Click on the link for details:


Jefferson Township Middle School Counseling Department

Your counselors are here for you! Parents, students, teachers: please get in touch with us any time you have a question or concern. We care about you!

Miss Ellingsen, Mrs. LaCatena, Mrs. Carroll and Ms. Martino