Guidance Dept Newsletter - LFMS

Winter Newsletter - Edition 3

Mark the Dates - 2nd Quarter Academy Dates 12/11, 1/8 and 1/15

Please join us in the library from 3:30-5:00 on the above dates if you need to catch up on assignments or need extra support to raise your grades before the end of the quarter.

Student of the Month Focus


Theme: The Gift of Communication

Word of the Month: Communication

Communicate means to be able to share and understand each other's thoughts and feelings. Your challenge this month is to eat lunch with someone new and share what you are thankful for.


Theme: Overcoming Obstacles

Words of the Month: Confidence and Organized

Confidence means a feeling or belief that you, someone or something is good and has the ability to succeed. Organized means to take something messy, chaotic or unordered and rearrange it in a logical manner into a structured or coherent layout. It is the state of being efficient or methodical. Your challenge this month is to clean out your backpack at least weekly and keep it organized.

How Did We Do? Students, we'd love your feedback on College and Career Month!

Upcoming Workshops

Thursday, December 3 - Peer Tutoring Information Session - How would you like to be a peer tutor? Not sure? Being a peer tutor allows you to help others and build your college resume at the same time. Come find out more about how you might help during lunch in J208.

Wednesday, December 16, 8:30 am - Peer Conflict Mediation - Are you interested in helping others but tutoring isn't for you? Do your friends often go to you for help with a problem? Have you been told you are a good listener? Do you want to improve your conflict resolution skills? Join us in the Counseling Center - J208 to find out how you can improve your conflict resolution skills and the steps to becoming a conflict mediator.

Thursday, January 7 - Test Taking Skills - Midterm exams are just around the corner! Do you find yourself doing well on homework and bombing your tests? Are test scores bringing down your grades? Join us at lunch to learn about some test taking tips that may help reduce your stress on test day. Counseling Center J208.

Thursday, January 14 - Peer Conflict Mediation - This workshop is being offered again during lunch. Did you miss the workshop in December? Please join us in J208 during your lunch period.

Wednesday, January 20, 8:30 am - Organizational Skills Workshop - Do you find yourself misplacing or forgetting homework and classwork assignments? Do you procrastinate and wait until the last minute to complete longer projects? This workshop will help get you organized for the next semester. Bring your backpack and notebooks to J208 ready to get ready to be organized.

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Ways to Help Develop Self-Esteem and Build Confidence

Tips for Getting Organized

Do you lack organization? If a stranger were to look for an item in your backpack, would they find it easily? Check out these tips for getting better organized and look for the Guidance department's organizational workshop in January.

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Help Your Child but Don't be a Helicopter Parent

While it's helpful to know how to help your child with homework, be careful not to overstep. Read here how former Stanford University dean explains why helicopter parenting is ruining a generation of children.

Need more tips on how to help your child with homework or getting organized?

Check out these useful articles -

Top Ten Homework Tips

Help Your Child Get Organized

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Helping Your Teen or Child with Homework

"Studies have shown that middle school students who watch more TV and play video games during the week have lower grades," according to Kids Health.

Quicklink Resources

Guidance Webpage Information and/or links on the Academic Domain such as study skills, test taking, tutoring resources, and useful links for help with English writing and Math skills

Counselors Corner Resource Personal-Social Domain including stress management, conflict mediation, grief, and social skills

College and Career Guidance Information about high school graduation requirements, college admissions, and career choices.

Mrs. Jessica Ochoa - Academic Advisor Q-Z

MS Educational Counseling

Mrs. Ochoa is available in person on Mondays and Tuesdays and every other Wednesday. She may also be reached via email on days she is not on the Las Flores Middle School campus.

Mrs. Sabrina Godshaw will be covering for Mrs. Ochoa beginning in December and will be available M-Th 1:30-4pm and Fridays 8-12 pm or by email at

Mrs. Alexis Goddard - School Counselor

MS, PPS School Counseling

Mr. Andrew Fredriksz - School Counselor Intern

Mr. Fredriksz is a graduate counselling student at Chapman University and is completing his internship with Las Flores. He is available Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Mrs. Sonia Eatmon - School Psychologist

Mrs. Lynda Sherman - Registrar, Guidance Secretary

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Board of Trustees desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the district’s academic and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The Board prohibits, at any District school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any student based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.