HMS Counseling Newsletter

November 2016

In this issue:


National Military Family Month
Career Awareness Month

Contact Information

The 4th "R" Responsibility

from Practical Parent Education- Parenting Quick Tips

Children learn the three"R's" in school, but there is another very important "R" which children need to learn about at home. . .RESPONSIBILITY! A sense of RESPONSIBILITY is an important key to success in all aspects of a child's life.

Children learn RESPONSIBILITY. . .

  • when they are given responsibilities at home from an early age on
  • when chores and tasks are age-appropriate
  • when they are expected to take care of their own responsibilities (getting homework to and from school, making their beds, etc)
  • when they are taught to help out in the family and the community (household chores, picking up after themselves in the park, helping in community projects)
  • when parents avoid doing for children what they are capable of doing for themselves
  • when responsibilities are not tied to allowances
  • when they receive positive feedback and encouragement
  • when they see responsible role modeling from mom and dad

National Military Family Month

A hero is defined as a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Military service members perform everyday acts of courage, nobility, and outstanding achievements definitely qualify them as heroes. We have two or three major holidays to celebrate them, and they deserve more. Their heroism is outwardly visible. This month recognizes quieter heroes: those family members who show courage, resiliency, and strength at home and support our military heroes on a personal level.

Many of our staff and students are relatives of military personnel. So I send to you a heartfelt THANK YOU for all you do.

Valerie Nasser is our Military Liaison Counselor who offers many services and is a great resource to our military families. Please contact her with any concerns or questions you may have.

Click here to read the Presidential Proclamation of November as Military Family Month.

National Career Development Month

November is National Career Awareness month. While I plan to offer more information in February and March, I'd like to give you some suggestions for helping your students:

  • encourage your students to get involved in an extracurricular activity
  • ask questions about your student's classes, teachers, assignments
  • encourage your student to participate in class and turn in assignments on time
  • find out if there are any volunteer projects your student can participate in
  • maintain a regular homework routine

Also does your child have a free account with If not sign up now! It is a great resource with lots of information about different careers, setting goals, planning courses, scholarships/loans and much more.

Other great websites to explore career options are: