Counselor Newsletter October 2019
We hope your child raved about our first House Party! The students were very excited, and it really brought a sense of school spirit to kick off our school year. Students represented their House College, performed their chant and participated in the challenge. This month students will research their college, create their motto and banner, and participate in a Unity Day challenge.
October will be a busy month of activities focused on respect, inclusiveness and kindness. Enrichment lessons, announcements and lunchtime opportunities that teach relationship skills. Specifically, we want students to reflect and practice the ability to use a range of communication skills to interact effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds, abilities, languages, and lifestyles. This will also include lessons on bullying, cyberbullying and how to be an upstander vs. bystander.
National Unity Day is Wednesday, October 23rd and all Incline Schools will join schools from across the country to unite for kindness, acceptance and inclusion, together against bullying. Did you know that 1 in 5 students will be bullied this year? Students who are bullied report more physical symptoms, such as headaches or stomachaches, mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, than other students. Bullying also affects witnesses as well as targets. Witnesses often report feeling unsafe, helpless, and afraid that they will be the next target. Bullying is not only devastating while it’s happening – the negative effects last a lifetime. Silence is no longer acceptable, and everyone needs to be empowered with options to respond. Please encourage your student to wear and share “orange” on Wednesday, October 23. Orange provides a powerful, visually compelling expression of solidarity. For more information on how you can be involved or order t-shirts, visit https://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp.
As part of a comprehensive counseling program, we are committed to preparing every student for post-secondary options. For 6th grade, enrichment teachers have been working on goal setting and work management strategies. Seventh grade will have the introductory lesson of our new Navigate: Preparing for College and Careers curriculum. Then we begin preparations for our 8th grade Career Expo in November. As parents, it’s never too early to start planning for college! Please consider taking your middle school or high school student to the 2019 College Fair at University of Nevada, Reno. Registration is required.
Lastly, please join me for a “Coffee with the Counselor” on Friday, October 18 at 9:30 a.m. for an open forum discussion about the counseling program, student concerns and feedback.