Counselor Corner

October 2020


Dear Families,


October has been a busy month! Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our Week of Respect! It was wonderful to hear about all the ways that students and faculty took part throughout the week.


I have been continuing my virtual lessons using the Second Step program, and I have been so impressed with how much thought the students have been putting into their assignments! They are amazing!


Please remember that I am here to support the students however I can. I am available to meet via zoom if a student needs help or just wants to talk! Don't hesitate to reach out if I can support you in any way.


Please continue to read below for some information that I hope you will find useful!


Sincerely,

Mrs. Stiles

mstiles@greenhills.org


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October is National Bullying Prevention Month. We have been recognizing the importance of this month in a number of ways. We kicked off the month with our Week of Respect, making sure that each day provided the students and staff with an opportunity to help create a positive atmosphere at home and at school. Throughout the month, Mrs. Stiles presented the Bullying Prevention Unit of the Second Step program, helping students learn how to recognize, report, and refuse bullying when they see it. Finally, the inspiring presenters at the Virtual Middle School Summit shared important messages of inclusivity, kindness, and hope. Parents play a key role in helping to prevent and respond to bullying. For more information about what you can do to be part of the solution, go to stopbullying.gov for valuable resources.
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Virtual Middle School Summit


For 20 years, The Center for Prevention and Counseling has been hosting an in-person Middle School Summit. This year, they made the decision to host the event virtually for the first time. Because the event was virtual, every 7th and 8th grade student was able to participate!


I will be gathering more resources from the Center for Prevention and Counseling to share with all students, so that together we can continue to cultivate a positive school climate!

Sussex Tech Applications

Sussex Tech is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year! Please let me know if you have any questions about the school or the application process. Detailed information can be found on their website (click here).
I have updated my webpage to include a virtual office where you will be able to find lessons and other helpful resources! It is a work in progress, so be sure to check in regularly for new information! Click on my bitmoji above to take a look around!

World Mental Health Day

October 10th was World Mental Health Day. Click on the image below for information about mental health as it relates to children and teenagers. NAMI is a wonderful organization that provides fantastic resources!
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Screenagers: The Next Chapter - Virtual Movie Event

The Sussex County Youth Services Commission: Education Partnership presents a free virtual event! Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience—a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.


Register here to be able to access the movie between November 9th - November 23rd!

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We are thrilled to incorporate the Second Step social-emotional learning curriculum into our school this year for grades K-8. Second Step is a research-based social-emotional learning program designed to improve students’ social-emotional skills, such as emotion management, impulse control, problem solving, and empathy. Second Step skills and concepts are designed to help students both in and out of school. The curriculum includes an entire Bullying Prevention Unit, and it can be implemented both virtually and in-person!


Grades 6 - 8 will begin the year by focusing on mindsets & goals. We will learn more about developing a growth-mindset, building empathy, creating action plans, and goal-setting!


Grades K - 5 will begin with a focus on respect, assertiveness, empathy, and positive self-talk!