Guidance Dept Newsletter - LFMS

Fall Newsletter 2016-17 Edition 3

November is College and Career Month

Be sure to check out the resources and activities in our special edition newsletter published earlier this month.

It's not too late for students to participate in the College and Career Fair. Entries are due Monday, November 14th. For more information and samples, read the College and Career Month newsletter edition.

Student of the Month Focus

Our Student of the Month awards will focus on three areas this year - Academic Excellence, Outstanding Effort, and Leadership focus in the area of our monthly PRIDE theme. Teachers and staff will be looking for students who portray excellence in one of these areas. Students of the Month will be recognised during PRIDE time. The 2nd Quarter Leadership expectations are as follows:


Pride Expectation: Dependability

Dependability is defined as the quality of being able to be counted on or relied upon. For example, when you always do everything that you say you will and don't make promises you cannot keep shows an example of dependability.

Theme: The focus this month is becoming a dependable citizen. Students can be a dependable citizen at school be being respectful of other students and staff members, following school rules, and displaying good character. Students who volunteer their time in school service are representing how to be a dependable citizen. The challenge this month is to choose an activity (which may include one you are currently involved in) and make a commitment to follow through with your responsibilities related to this activity. Do not let others down by not following through on your commitment.


Pride Expectation: Engaged

Engaged means to commit oneself to do something; to concentrate on a task, be actively involved with interest.

Theme: This month's focus is about being engaged for success. A student who gives his/her best each day, is committed to following their school's rules and values, and is motivated to contribute to making school a great place to learn is an example of a student engaged for success. The challenge this month is for students to choose a subject or class that may be less interesting to them and find a way to make this class more engaging to you. Choose to interact and participate more in class discussions, research more about a topic assigned in class that shows how it relates to your world, offer unique and creative ideas to your teacher that may help you become more engaged in the subject. Find a way to relate a less interesting topic or subject to real-life examples to help you be more engaged in learning.

Upcoming Workshops

All Workshops are held in the Counseling Center - J208 unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday - November 9th - 8:30-9:30 - College Scavenger Hunt

Pick up an entry form before school begins and return completed entries by end of lunch. Students will answer various questions about the colleges teachers and staff members attended based on profiles posted around campus (classrooms and office). Correct entries will be entered into a drawing for a prize.

Wednesday - December 14th 8:30-9:30 - Stress Management Workshop

The guidance team will present a workshop to provide students with stress management tools as we approach the end of the semester and end of quarter/semester tests are administered across their academic courseloads.

Additional Workshops will be offered the 2nd Wednesday of each month centered around the School's Theme of the Month.

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What does it mean to be a citizen?

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Tips for Students: Staying Engaged in the Classroom

The article here shares tips about how to Focus on College Success but these tips do not begin in college. Early engagement in your academic classes begins in elementary school. Follow the tips provided here and you will find yourself on the road to reaching your college goals.
Click on the title of the article above to read about a study that a middle school curriculum coordinator conducted a while ago and then click on the study title below to add your own student feedback on her current 2016 study on Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement. If you are a 6th-12th grade student, add your input to her current study. It will take only a moment to participate and add to her research.

Did you know?

According to Russell Rumberger in his book Dropping Out, students who are not engaged in school during middle school have a higher risk of failing in high school and dropping out.

Get Engaged in your Learning!

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Teaching Group Work and Building Student Collaboration Engages Students in Learning

Teaching Group Work: Building Student Collaboration and Agency

Second Step Classroom Guidance Lessons

Mrs. Goddard, School Counselor will also be conducting quarterly classroom guidance lessons to all grade levels during the school year. This quarter's lesson focuses on developing good study skills and how to apply and use time management skills for success in the classroom and everyday life.

Quicklink Resources

Guidance Webpage Information and/or links on the Academic Domain such as study skills, test taking, tutoring resources, and useful links for help with English writing and Math skills

Counselors Corner Resource Personal-Social Domain including stress management, conflict mediation, grief, and social skills

College and Career Guidance Information about high school graduation requirements, college admissions, and career choices.

Students Helping Students (SHS) This peer tutoring program matches students with a peer tutor for weekly tutor sessions before or after school or during lunch.

Mrs. Teri Graffeo - Academic Advisor Q-Z

Ms. Graffeo splits her responsibilities with Ladera Ranch MS. She will be available on site at Las Flores MS on Tuesdays and Fridays. You may also reach her via email.

Ms. Jamie Heenan - School Counselor Intern

Ms. Heenan is a graduate counselling student at Concordia University and is completing her internship with Las Flores Middle School. She is available Mondays and Wednesdays.

Mrs. Sonia Eatmon - School Psychologist

Mrs. Lynda Sherman - Registrar, Guidance Secretary

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.