|Mrs. Angie McKee (717) 530-2750 X3525 Mrs. McKee is assigned to work with students whose LAST name begins with the letters: A-K||Ms. Rosemary Junkin (717) 530-2750 X3521 Ms. Junkin is assigned to work with students whose LAST name begins with the letters: L-Z|
|Career development is a lifelong process that begins when children first start to develop interests, form work habits, and explore their world. The goals of career development in the middle school years are to encourage students to discover more about themselves (their interests, abilities, and personality strengths) and to explore the richness of possibilities in the world around them (to be exposed to as much accurate information as possible about education and careers). It is also important that students see connections between skills and work habits learned in school, and how they can apply them to the real world. This rich foundation will make it much easier to make important choices about education and work when the time comes, in high school and beyond.||Building Your Childs Future|
Beware of the Web!
Online Activity Students are engaging in blogging – web-based journals. This is an online diary and though the practice can be helpful for the development of writing skills, many students have learned to use the tool as a way to comment on peers, school personnel, parents and self information. The personal information being posted can lead to unsafe situations. Threatening and slanderous writings are also leading to personal and legal complications. You can also use a search engine (Ex. Google) to search for your child’s name or nickname. Just type “John Smith” – using quotation marks.
Student groups may be offered throughout the school year. Groups typically meet weekly for approximately six to eight weeks, and begin at various times throughout the school year. Group counseling is helpful to many students, as it offers a source of peer support with students who are dealing with similar issues. The following topics may be offered, depending on need:
- Anxiety and Stress Management
- Changing Families (divorce, separation, stepfamilies, major family changes)
- Decision-making (learning strategies to recognize decisions and their related outcomes)
- Emotional Development (understanding and controlling emotions)
- Friendship (social skills for making and keeping friends, interacting with peers)
- Grief and Loss (coping with the death or terminal illness of a loved one)
- Relationships (girls and dealing with relational aggression)
- Self Esteem
Parents may also refer a child to a counseling group at any time by calling one of the school counselors. If no groups are available that would meet the needs of the child, individual counseling may be an option.
Homework affirmations for parents!
- I am a provider. Each child needs to have a place to do homework, a quiet, well-lit place. Needed supplies (pencil, paper…) should be close to the work area.
- I am a fan club. Be positive about homework. The approach you have can dramatically influence the attitude your child develops.
- I am a role model. Create opportunities for your child to see you “studying” too. For example, read when your child is reading or pay bills when math homework is being completed. These subtle activities help your child see that the skills they’re learning will help them as an adult.
- I am a manager. Frequently monitor your child for building frustration. Encourage your child to ask for help but make sure you offer direction and not answers. Perhaps a short break from the task should be recommended.
- I am a partner. Some homework assignments may require that you play a role in the completion but be mindful if the homework is meant to be completed by the child alone. Homework can help in the development of lifelong learning skills.
What is it? We’ve all heard a lot about “mean girls” and the damage they inflict on others without using punches or kicks. Instead, a female bully uses words (word wars), relationships, and behaviors as weapons against another girl. Female bullying (relational aggression – RA) is much more common in young women, and seems to peak in the middle school years. Unlike boys, girls use tactics such as belittling, gossip, exclusion, intimidation and betrayal against their friends as well as enemies. Increasingly, physical violence between girls is preceded by a war of words that escalates until it is out of control.
Who is involved in relational aggression?Any girl can be–just because a bully acts tough and aggressive in one situation, it’s not unlikely she was a victim at some other time. In the same way, girls who get tired of being bullied often turn overly aggressive in response! The bully or aggressor launches the aggressive behavior. She may be helped by other girls who “stand by” and encourage her on, or get stuck “in the middle,” afraid to speak up and try and stop the bully or help the victim. The victim or target is the girl who gets hurt.
Where and when does RA occur? Anyplace, anytime, anywhere. Such behaviors occur in school and out, online and off, at home and away–in short, any time that girls are together.
Who is a bully? Not many girls admit to being a bully. Although about 60% of students say they are involved in relational aggression every week, most are reluctant to classify themselves as bullies or aggressors. Once they realize that even rumors and gossip are relationally aggressive, many feel badly for hurting another girl. Use the Club Ophelia Trash Talk Trap to avoid hurting someone through gossip.
Emergency phone numbers
Contact Helpline 1-800-932-4616 or 211
- Cumberland County 1-866-350-4357
- Franklin County (717) 264-2555
Contact numbers for local counseling services: Mental Health Providers