Guidance Dept Newsletter - LFMS
2018-19 2nd Quarter Edition 2
10 Top Soft Skills Middle School Students Need to Learn
See the article linked below to read about the Top 10 Soft Skills Middle School Students need to begin acquiring as shared by a middle school counselor.
Top 10 Skills middle school students need to thrive, and how parents can help
November Student of the Month Focus and Expectations
Pride Expectation: Dependability
Dependability is defined as the quality of being able to be counted on or relied upon. For example, when you always do everything that you say you will and don't make promises you cannot keep shows an example of dependability.
Theme: The focus this month is becoming a dependable citizen. Students can be a dependable citizen at school by being respectful of other students and staff members, following school rules, and displaying good character. Students who volunteer their time in school service are representing how to be a dependable citizen. One way for students to show service is to join the Pride Stars Program. An informational meeting will be held during PRIDE on November 14th for students who are interested in finding out more on being involved "In Service to Others", our school's leadership theme this year.
Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen
December Student of the Month Focus Theme and Expectations
Pride Expectation: Engaged
Engaged means to commit oneself to do something; to concentrate on a task, be actively involved with interest.
Theme: This month's focus is about being engaged for success. A student who gives his/her best each day, is committed to following their school's rules and values, and is motivated to contribute to making school a great place to learn is an example of a student engaged for success.
Teach Engagement by Example
"To be truly emotionally, socially and academically engaged, young people need to feel safe, valued and supported by those around them. Fully committing oneself to growing and changing requires risk, which is both inherent in the engagement process and necessary for students to achieve new levels of success." (Dary, Pickeral, et al, 2017).
An engaged student shows ownership in their learning and actively participates in classroom discussion, groups, asking questions, taking notes, responds to direction, and shows active listening skills.
Dary, T., Pickeral, T., Shumer, R., & Williams, A. (2016).
Weaving Key Elements of Student Engagement into the Fabric of Schools Retrieved from https://www.advanc-ed.org/source/weaving-key-elements-student-engagement-fabric-schools
Johnson, B. (2013)
How Do We Know When Students Are Engaged? Retrieved from
Weaving Key Elements of Student Engagement into the Fabric of Schools
Seeking Peer Tutors
Click this title to complete a form if you are interested in being a Peer Tutor.
SECOND STEP CLASSROOM GUIDANCE LESSONS
The School Counselor will conduct a minimum of quarterly classroom guidance lessons to all grade levels during the school year.
6th grade lessons in Quarter 2 will focus on Emotions: Brains & Body.
7th graders will have bi-weekly classroom guidance lessons through their social science classes throughout the school year. Lessons for Quarter 2 will include Negotiating & Compromising, Giving & Getting Support and Learning Styles & Time Management. They will also be presented with the Signs of Suicide curriculum during early November.
8th graders will have lessons during the 2nd quarter on Sexual Harassment.
Career Day Speakers
We are currently seeking multiple speakers for our annual Career Day to share information about their profession and the road that led you there with our students. Lunch will be provided prior to the speaker sessions.
The planned schedule for the day is:
12:30 pm - Check in begins
12:45 - 1:15 pm - Welcome Reception & Lunch
1:18 pm - Speakers escorted to rooms
1:32 – 1:57 pm - Session One
2:01 – 2:26 pm - Session Two
2:30 – 2:55 pm - Session Three
3:00 – 3:10 pm - Check Out Survey & Closing
•Each session will be 25 minutes long.
•Each session will bring you a new group of students to hear about your career and the path you took to find your passion.
•A student will be escorting you to and from the classroom you are assigned.
•A teacher will be in the classroom during your presentation if you have any concerns or needs throughout the session.
Please consider sharing your career with our students.
If you are unable to attend our annual career day but would be interested in sharing your career during a future Career Cafe workshop on a Wednesday morning or lunchtime workshop, we are interested in hearing from you also.
Please complete the form linked below to share your interest in presenting at our Annual Career Day or a possible Career Cafe Workshop in the future.
We are seeking speakers for our Annual Career Day on Friday, January 25, 2019. If you are unable to attend but would be interested in sharing your career during a future Career Cafe workshop we are interested in hearing from you also.
Career Cafe Survey for Students
The Guidance Team is seeking input and interest in offering Career Exploration workshops known as 'Career Cafe' throughout the school year. Career Cafe workshops will work with students on identifying their interests and helping them discover careers they may find an interest in. This is the first step in identifying a plan for their future. Discovering possible careers will help them determine the next step in their education whether it be specialty college/trade schools, intern/apprenticeships, 2 year or 4 year colleges or military service. Some Career Cafes may have invited speakers from a variety of Job Families which will supplement our Career Day to be held later in January. Students attending may earn Bear Bucks and 5* points. Please complete the interest survey below.
Please follow this link to show your interest in participating in Career Cafe Workshops. Students will need to be signed into their CUSD Google account to complete.
SMALL GROUPS AND GUIDANCE WORKSHOPS
In addition to the many classroom guidance lessons provided by our school counselor, a variety of small groups will be offered throughout the year. Students will be screened and identified for specific groups using data collected throughout the school year and through Needs Assessments completed by students, parents, and school staff. Groups may include Stress Management, Student Success Skills, Girls Groups, Self Regulation, High School 101 and other groups as needs are identified.
Guidance Workshops shall be advertised at various times throughout the school year. Previous year events have included Chalkwalks based on monthly themes, College and Career Fair Competitions, Career Exploration workshops, and more. Homework Club and Peer Tutoring are additional activities that shall be offered during the school year by your Guidance Team.
PTSA Parent Educational Evenings
Mark your calendars for the following parent informational evening events sponsored by our Tesoro Family Schools Parent Teacher Student Associations. All events are open to our Tesoro Family School parents.
Thursday, November 1st - The Signs of Suicide Parent Awareness Night– Las Flores Middle School Library 6:30-7:30 PM or
Monday, November 5th – The Signs of Suicide Parent Awareness Night– Ladera Ranch Middle School MPR 6-7 PM
Tuesday, December 11th – Topic TBA - Las Flores Middle School MPR 6-7 PM
Tuesday, January 8th – Topic TBA – Las Flores Middle School MPR 6-7 PM
Tuesday, February 12th -Topic TBA –Las Flores Middle School MPR 6-7 PM
Tuesday, March 12th - Topic TBA - Las Flores Middle School MPR 6-7 PM
Tuesday, April 9th – Topic TBA – Las Flores Middle School MPR 6-7 PM
Tuesday, May 14th – Topic TBA –Las Flores Middle School MPR 6-7 PM
Additional dates may be added. More information on future events will be posted on the Las Flores Middle School website as it becomes available.
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.
College and Career Ready
The Guidance Department offers a College and Career Center in the Bear Den, Small Groups, Games Room, Guidance Workshops and more.
Guidance Dept Waiting Area - Career Zones
Check out the bulletin board with useful tips and information on Careers while you wait to see your advisor or counselor.
Guidance Department College Pennant Wheel
A small display of the variety of colleges available to students.
College and Career Ready
Guidance Dept Waiting Area - Career Zones
Mrs. Deborah Miller - Academic Advisor A-P
Ms. Teri Graffeo - Academic Advisor Q-Z
MA - CounselingMs. Graffeo splits her responsibilities with Ladera Ranch MS. She will be available on site at Las Flores MS on Mondays and Tuesdays. You may also reach her via email.