Counselor Corner

Second Quarter 2019-2020

Second Quarter

We are now a week into the second quarter, and that much closer to Thanksgiving! The students worked very hard in the first quarter and got a lot accomplished - papers, projects, the Land of Giants in 6th-grade, and so much more! The counseling department is continuing to support students with their individual goals, executive functioning skills, peer relationships, and other challenges that come up in middle school. Don't hesitate to reach out for support!

Unity Day 2019

On October 23, students participated in a Unity Day activity focused on cyberbullying. They responded to questions about a cyberbullying incident and how to be an upstander, and decorated feathers with messages of positivity and kindness. The Be the Change club brought all the feathers together into wings in the atrium - see the picture below!
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Second Quarter Groups

One of the roles of the school counselor is to conduct small group sessions with students. Working with teachers and staff members, counselors create positive group environments in order to teach new skills, help students develop relationships, and provide other supports as needed. See more information here, as explained by the American School Counselor Association.

During the second quarter, we will continue our organization groups and will start conducting mindfulness groups in 7th and 8th-grades. Small groups are limited in number based on the topic, ranging from about 5-12 students. If you feel that your child is struggling with anxiety or would benefit from mindfulness practice, please do not hesitate to reach out to your school counselor to find out more information about small groups!

Organization Group

Organization groups will support students who are struggling with the academic transition to middle school. Topics covered include managing the new workload, organizational skills, how to use a planner or online calendar effectively, and more! This group typically meets during the discovery block in the morning, as it requires more hands-on learning.

Mindfulness Group

Over the summer, I attended a Mindfulness Training and discussed the positive effects mindfulness can have on students in late childhood and adolescence. Mindfulness practice can help with peer relationships, emotion regulation, stress-management, academic success, and so much more. I am excited to conduct a small group to help students create and practice their own mindfulness!

Attention Eight-Graders and Parents!


The Chatham School of Science and Engineering (CSSE) is available for eighth-graders to apply to for high school. CSSE is located in Siler City, and allows students to not only graduate with a high school diploma but also graduate with an associates degree! This is an amazing opportunity for students to earn a degree for FREE!

Here is the timeline for the application process:

October 9: All eighth-grade students participated in an assembly with information about CSSE. Interested students filled out a card for Ms. Abu-Sharr.

October 24: Interested students took a field trip to CSSE to tour the campus.

November 18: Open House at CSSE from 6:30-7:30 pm. Applications are available at this time.

January 30: Applications are due,

February 13: Interviews at CSSE from 5:30-8:00 pm.

March: Notification of acceptance for rising freshmen accepted to CSSE.

Check our CSSE's website and FAQ page for more information!

High School Registration

Stay tuned for the third quarter newsletter - there will be a lot of information about high school registration!

Reminder: How to Contact Your Counselors

Ms. Kelly is at Pollard part-time and will serve sixth grade. Ms. Abu-Sharr is at Pollard full time and will serve seventh and eighth grades. Ms. Checkla will be interning at Pollard three days a week for the whole school year and will serve all grade levels. That being said, we work as a team and our main objective is to meet the needs of our students, staff, and families as efficiently as possible!

Ms. Kelly:

Ms. Abu-Sharr:

Ms. Checkla:

(919) 969-0070

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