Dragons Dig Deep

A Mental Health & Wellness Newsletter from CHS Counselors

January 2021

Welcome to 2021 and the Spring Semester!

Happy New Year! The CHS Counseling Crew hopes everyone enjoyed their holiday break. We look forward to the second half of this school year. Now is a great time to establish healthy habits, evaluate our current goals and priorities, and invest in meaningful relationships with others. We want this to be a great year for all! Your well-being is important to us, and we are here for all students, parents, and staff members. Please let us know how we can serve you this year.

Course Selection and Registration for 2021-22

We just welcomed you to 2021, and now we are telling you it is time to think about the next school year! That's right! It is time to update your graduation plan, choose courses for next fall, and participate in arena scheduling.

Counselors will communicate with CHS students in their English classes about graduation plans and course selection as follows:

Freshmen: Jan. 27 and 28

Sophomores: Feb. 10 and 11

Freshman Parent Meeting via ZOOM: Jan. 20 at 5:30 p.m. (recording of meeting will be posted on website)

Sophomore Parent Meeting via ZOOM: Feb. 10 in the evening

All students will put course requests in Skyward Feb. 15-25. The arena scheduling when students build their schedules in Skyward is as follows:

Freshmen: April 13-15

Sophomores: April 6-8

Stay tuned for more information in the weeks ahead!

Pre-ACT and PSAT Results

Freshmen who took the Pre-ACT in October will have the opportunity to pick up their score reports the week of Jan. 11-15. Face to face students can pick up their reports in the cafeteria during all lunches Jan. 11-15. DVA students with last names that begin with A-K may pick up their scores on Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the back loop of the high school (where DVA material pickup usually is). DVA students with last names that begin with L-Z may pick up their scores on Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the same location. Any forms that are NOT picked up during these times will be available only during school hours on future dates, as they will not be included in DVA material pickup days.

Sophomores who took the PSAT in October and provided an active email address on the test should have received an email from the College Board in December with directions on how to set up and log into their student College Board accounts to view their scores. College Board did not send hard copies of the score reports to the school for us to distribute. All students who took the test must access their College Board account to get their scores. If you have any questions regarding your PSAT score or accessing your College Board account, please call the College Board Student Helpline at 866-433-7728.

National Honor Society

Students who are eligible for membership in National Honor Society will be receiving notification via email later in January. If you are a sophomore who has completed three semesters of high school, and you have a cumulative GPA of 93.0 or higher, be watching that email inbox for information. The NHS advisor at CHS is Mrs. Sherry McCoy.

Focus Topic for January: Responsibility

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Self-Care for Adults

Do you remember the last time you were on a commercial air flight? It may have been a while for some of us! But one of the standard instructions we hear as the flight attendants go through the safety speech is to parents, and what to do if the cabin loses air pressure and the oxygen masks descend from above. They say, "Parents or adults flying with young children, please put on your own oxygen mask before assisting your child with a mask."

The same thing can be said to adults as it relates to self-care. We have to take care of ourselves so that we can take the best possible care of our children. We don't neglect our children to take care of ourselves, but we attend to our own physical and mental health so that we are in the best place for helping them to do the same thing. As the pandemic has continued to rage all around us, you may be experiencing different reactions and emotions. There are several ways you can find balance, be aware of your needs, and make connections. Use this list to help you decide which self-care strategies will work for you.

Carroll High School Counseling Office

CHS Counselors:

A-D Melissa Watson

E-K Sherry McCoy

L-Q Becca Piriano

R-Z Kara Cuellar

Intervention Janay Hunt

Registrar Karen Moore

Office Secretary Jill Coates