AMS Counselor Connection

October 2019


The Attucks Middle School Counseling Department welcomes you to our monthly newsletter!

You’ll find helpful information, upcoming dates, and more from our department.

October Updates

We are well into the school year, with the 1st Quarter coming to a close this month. We will recognize students who earn a grade point average (gpa) of 3.0 or higher for their academic success during our 1st Quarter Honor Roll assembly (November 6). These are students who've earned at least a B average and have no D or F grades on their report card.

We strongly encourage you contact your child's school counselor to schedule a parent/teacher conference if your child has received any D or F grade this quarter.

Be sure to check Pinnacle to view your child's schedule, grades & attendance, communicate with their teachers, and view any missing or upcoming assignments.

October is College & Career month. We encourage you to log onto Naviance together with your child to explore various college programs and career options. Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness solution that helps students align their strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving student outcomes and connecting learning to life.

*Pinnacle and Naviance are both accessed through Clever. If you're unsure of how to access Clever, view the "how-to" guide below.

Dates to Remember

  • October 3, 4, 10, 11 -- Teen Dating Violence Classroom Presentations (PASL classes only)

  • October 6-12 -- BCPS College & Career Week, FTE Week (attendance matters!)

  • October 17 -- 1st Quarter Ends (grades entered Oct. 18)

College & Career Week at AMS!

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Character Education

Responsibility is the character trait for the month of October. Responsibility is essential for becoming a healthy, happy, and productive person, and it is the basis for a free and civil society where each person does what he or she is expected to do. This belongs at home where children learn to take care of their belongings, clean up after themselves, do chores with a good attitude, finish their homework and resolve conflicts peacefully. Encourage your children to take responsibility in “little things” so they are ready for greater opportunities in the future!

Be Responsible

Teen Dating Violence

Teen dating violence is a serious -- yet preventable -- public health crisis in the United States. View the brochure below for the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Dating Matters Online Toolkit.
Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships is a comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model developed by the CDC to stop teen dating violence before it starts. Dating Matters is based on the current evidence of what works to prevent teen dating violence. It focuses on teaching 11- to 14-year-olds healthy relationship skills. The model includes prevention strategies for individuals, peers, families, schools, and neighborhoods.

View the CDC Dating Matters Online Toolkit here.

Community Events & Resources

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Need to schedule a Parent/Teacher Conference? Contact your child's School Counselor to schedule a date to discuss grades, behavior, and any other concerns you may have with each of your child's teachers. Parent/Teacher Conferences take place on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8:05 am to 8:45 am.

*Note: If your child has an IEP, please contact the ESLS Program Specialist, Dr. Washington, at 754-323-3033 for parent/teacher conferences.

Mrs. Fernandez

Guidance Director

6th Grade School Counselor

Mrs. Rebholz

7th Grade School Counselor

Dr. Clark

8th Grade School Counselor

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