Counselor Newsletter January 2020
Welcome back! With the start of a new decade and year there is no better time to set new goals. Students will be presented with goal setting strategies each day and everyone needs support in achieving goals, especially our youth. Goals should be set for things that important to you, like grades, relationships, athletics and physical/mental health. First, we want to ask what is important to me? What strengths do I have to make it happen? And who can help me achieve it? Then create a S.M.A.R.T. goal. These are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely goals with a SMART action plan. For more information on S.M.A.R.T. goals, visit https://www.snhu.edu/about-us/newsroom/2018/09/what-are-smart-goals. There are lots of techniques and tools to help you achieve your goals and one way is to follow the 1-2-7 rule that sets plans for Days 1, 2 and 7 of the week:
- Day 1: Ask “What can I do today to accomplish my goal?”;
- Day 2: Ask “What should I have done by then end of tomorrow?”;
- Day 7: Ask “What should be accomplished by the end of the week to know if I achieved my goal?”
For more information on how to support your child in setting and achieving goals, please visit the counseling website and search for January’s monthly lesson.
January is busy month for 7th graders. We will continue with Exploring College and Careers lessons with a focus on learning relevant terms when describing colleges, comparing educational programs and related costs, and using technology to find information about colleges.
During the last week of January, all 7th grade students will have the Signs of Suicide lesson through science class. The Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program (SOS) program provides tools to help youth identify the signs and symptoms of depression, suicide, and self-injury in themselves and their peers. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth age 15-24. A parent resource is available to you at https://youtu.be/tn2DvlZvqDI. Permission letters will be sent home prior to the lesson.
SOS is a two-stage program:
- All 7th grade students watch a video entitled Time to ACT. The video presents information for youth who may be at risk for depression or suicide by empowering them to recognize the warning signs of depression or suicidality within themselves or a friend, and to seek help if needed. The video is accompanied by a discussion that includes topics for classroom discussion led by a school health professional, teacher, or
- Stage 2 allows your child to participate in the actual screening by taking the Brief Screening for Adolescent Depression (BSAD) form. This is a seven-question screening tool for adolescent depression, if answers indicate signs of depression and or suicidality, your son or daughter will meet with a qualified mental health professional in private to assess if further evaluation would be
Winter MAP testing is scheduled for January 14-17. As always, please implement a regular sleep cycle and nutritional breakfast to help your child be mentally and physically alert. Test scores provides the school with important data on the growth your child makes from year to year.