After School Homework Help
Please encourage your children to stop by the green cafeteria any day after school for assistance with HW or studying. Each day we have 7-10 bright and motivated students ready to help, so please utilize this helpful (and free!) resource!
Do you find that your child arrives at Extra Help not knowing what they need help with? Feel free to print and share our Extra Help Checklist with your students (link to print at bottom of this post). We included some “instructions” along with the checklist.
6th Grade News
This week wraps up the 5-week push-in program for 6th graders, Middle School 101. Over the last few weeks, Mrs. Lyons, Mrs. Miceli, and Mrs. Williams have been working with the entire 6th grade class in small groups on a variety of interesting and helpful topics. Topics covered include Growth Mindset, learning about the brain and emotions, and lessons on kindness. Additionally 6th graders worked on an anchor activity to ground and calm themselves, as well as lessons on time management and organization. 6th graders hopefully now have a great "toolbox" of skills and strategies to have a successful year!
7th Grade News
We are working on planning some fun and interesting college and career awareness activities for March! More information to follow!
8th Grade News
Parents/Guardians of 8th grade students received letters this week regarding scheduling for 9th grade. Students and Parents have the option to meet with their Counselor to go over required courses, electives, and graduation requirements. These 20 minute meetings will take place from December 3 through January 25. Students may be called to Guidance during some classes depending on the time his/her parent schedules their meeting.
8th grade students will also have an assembly (date to be determined) to review the 9th grade scheduling process.
There will be an 8th Grade Transition Workshop for parents at LMEC at 7pm on January 3rd, presented by the High School Chairs.
Peer Tutoring Club Name Change
The Peer Tutoring Club is transitioning to a new name that more accurately describes what we do- the Homework Helpers Club! This name change will hopefully better express the role of student tutors as study buddies and helpers for homework. We hope that the name change will also remove the “stigma” for kids that have a negative association with needing the help of a tutor. Everything remains the same just a change on the name!
Please encourage your children to stop by the green cafeteria any day after school for assistance with HW or studying. Each day we have 7-10 kind and motivated students ready to help, so stop by!
Career and College Awareness in the Library
In the spirit of College Awareness Month and our continued effort to promote college and career readiness at Salk, Mrs. Anderson set up an awesome interactive display in the library for students to explore and learn about various careers and degrees! Please encourage your students to go to the library and check out the books and resources we have displayed and explore the College/Career Awareness page of our counseling department website.
Scholastic’s website is filled with articles, worksheets, activities, and guides for supporting your K-8 child’s education. We recently added the following Scholastic articles to the website:
On the 6th Grade Transition page:
The Guide to 6th Grade: Review general curricula for 6th grade, including what to expect for each subject. Plus, discover at-home activities to support learning in the classroom.
On the Study Skills page:
PARENT GUIDE TO MAKING MATH FUN: Mix up your child's math routine with fun games, math-tastic printables, and apps perfect for math time fun.
Our website raffle was a success; we had many students and parents check out our website and sign up for our Edmodo or Remind! Congratulations to our 3 winners- all 6th graders!
Welcome back Salk students! There is no time like the present to develop or enhance your academic skills! Middle school is a great place to learn good organizational and study skills. You will definitely need these skills at Salk and beyond. The Salk Counseling Department is here to help if you would like to learn how to get organized or study more efficiently. A good place to start is our Study Skills page on this website!
We have the following resources:
The Salk Guidance and Counseling Department promoted College Awareness Day on Thursday, May 31st. Teachers and staff wore shirts, sweatshirts and hats from the college or university that they attended in an effort expose our middle schoolers to life beyond high school. Counselors visited with 8th grade students during their Foreign Language classes to start the college conversation and show students how high school courses and electives can eventually lead us to a college program that interests us and then hopefully a career. Students were encouraged to get involved in extracurricular activities and work hard throughout high school so that they are well-rounded students when the time comes to apply for college. Teachers, support staff, administrators, and staff shared stories with students about their college experience and how they chose to attend the school they attended. It was a fun day and we look forward to doing it again next year!
Everyone here in the Salk Counseling Department cannot believe we are already in week #2 of the 4th quarter! The end of the school year is rapidly approaching and with that, so are FINAL EXAMS. As long as you study and make the most of the in-class final reviews and review packets, you will be prepared!
Many students are unsure about how to study so if you are not clear on what you need to do to prepare for a quiz, test, or final, you are not alone. The "Study Skills" tab on our website has many resources to guide you on how to study. Click on the tab and check it out! We have printable worksheets to make your own study guides for tests. We also have a printable weekly planner, to-do list, and a newsletter with study tips. There is a link to make your own vocabulary flashcards which you can use to quiz yourself online or print them out. Our Study Skills page also has suggestions on how to make the most of extra help along with a printable worksheet to organize your thoughts on what to ask about when you go to extra help. Lastly, we have information on the Salk Peer Tutoring Program if you would like to study with a 7th or 8th grade tutor.
Please use our resources and share with your friends! Your School Counselor is always available to go over study skills with you as well, so stop in the Guidance and Counseling Office during your lunch or work study to make an appointment!
Please click the links below for the Final Exam Schedule and Bus Schedule!
The 7th grade students are visiting the computer lab with their Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Hodge, this month to learn about and research careers related to their interests. The students are learning about the Holland Code and how our interests and personality types can lead us to a particular career. Students have been sharing stories of what careers they are interested in now compared to when they were young children. It's always fun to compare and see if our interests change over time or remain the same! Students are reminded that the career search is a process that takes place over many years and it is ok to be uncertain now of what they will be doing beyond college. Exploring our interests through interest inventories, career searches, joining clubs, and choosing different courses and electives in high school will all help to narrow down which career path we take. The students are exploring careers using the Career Zone website and the My Next Move website. Click the buttons below to do your own career research!
Welcome to March! Spring is on the horizon!
The Counseling Department has decided to use Remind as well as Edmodo to keep parents, students, and teachers informed. We realize some people prefer one app/website over another so we are using both platforms to keep you updated. Click the button below to sign up for Remind notifications today!
Important dates to remember:
Just a reminder- the deadline to change course requests is Friday, March 2. Please see your Counselor if you need to make any changes.
Valentine's Day Made Special by the Big Sister-Little Sister Club
The Big Sister-Little Sister Club is a cross-building mentoring and friendship program for MacArthur High School girls to act as role models to Salk Middle School girls offering self-esteem activities and games. For Valentine's Day, the BSLS Club created a kindness project whereby they created "happy notes" and posted them on student lockers at Salk. The goal was for the middle school students to see them on Valentine's Day morning and bring a smile to their day, as well as, for them to continue to pass forward heartfelt words or deeds throughout their day and everyday. The club is run by Mrs. Philips, school counselor, Mrs. Lyons, school counselor, and Mrs. Miceli, social worker.
Peer Tutoring News
The Peer Tutoring Club is always in need of Peer Tutors to help students with studying and homework after school. Earn community service hours while helping fellow students! Please see Mrs. Hodge in the Counseling Office if you're interested in helping out.
We cannot believe it's February and Quarter 3 already! This year is really flying by! The start of a new quarter is a fresh start in your classes, if you've been struggling in any classes, check out our Study Skills page for tons of tips and useful ideas to improve your grades!
Important dates to remember:
February 5-9- National School Counseling Week- Your School Counselors perform many tasks in the school and are here to help you! Go see them if you'd like to learn more about what they do!
February 15- Deadline to enter your 2018-2019 course requests in the Parent/Student Portal. If you're having trouble entering your class, see your School Counselor.
February 19-23- Winter Recess
March 2- Deadline to change your course request. You must see your School Counselor if you decide to change your course after the Feb 15 deadline.
Peer Tutoring News:
The Peer Tutoring Club is in need of Peer Tutors to help students with studying and homework after school. Earn community service hours while helping fellow students! Please see Mrs. Hodge in the Counseling Office if you're interested in helping out.
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