Parents were invited to Salk on Thursday, January 16 for a presentation about scheduling for next year, getting involved at Salk, and parenting through the middle school years. If you were not able to attend, click the link below for the powerpoint presentation and the handouts!
On November 19th and 20th the Library and the Counseling Department collaborated on a lunchtime book chat about the graphic novel Guts by Raina Telgemeier. Students signed up in advance and received a copy of the book from the Library earlier in the month. During the first meeting, students joined Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Casey, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Lyons, Mrs. Steward, and Mrs. Hodge to rate the book, discuss favorite characters, and talk about the main character's experience with anxiety. Students and faculty/support staff talked about strategies for managing stress and anxiety.
During the second session of the book chat, things got creative! Mrs. Anderson set up a station called "Tips for Managing Stress and Anxiety" where students had the opportunity to participate in stress relieving activities including puzzles, drawing, coloring, using fidget toys, and other crafts. Students also made posters to display in Salk with advice on coping with anxiety and stress.
In December, we also invited parents to join us for a workshop to learn about middle school stressors and take home ideas for these years of growth and stability. We highlighted the book Guts and shared information about our Middle School 101 curriculum. Our discussion focused on “parenting through” these middle years and we provided parents with some tools and coping skills. Topics discussed include mindfulness, growth mindset, and breathing to ease anxiety. Please check out our resources and photos below!
It was a positive experience for all involved and we hope to offer more book chats and parent workshops in the future!
Do you have a topic relevant to middle school and raising adolescents that you would like to learn more about? We would love to offer more parent workshops on the issues that are important to our students and families. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions or ideas! Please write "Parent Workshop Topic" in the subject line.
In November, the Counseling Department and the Library will be collaborating on a two-day lunchtime book chat about the graphic novel Guts by Raina Telgemeier. Interested students will sign up and get a copy of the book from the Library. Then on November 19 and 20, students will attend book discussions during the last 20 minutes of their lunch period. Mrs. Anderson and support staff will facilitate the book chat together and integrate strategies for managing anxiety into the discussions. Announcements have started so kids can sign up and start reading! Stop by the Library today to grab your copy of Guts!
As the end of the school year rapidly approaches, make sure you're prepared for finals! The Salk Counseling Department's website has a page dedicated to Study Skills. The Study Skills page is filled with tons of advice on how to study and has many useful print-outs including a study guide template, extra help checklist, a weekly planner to schedule your study sessions and much, much more! Head over to https://salkcounseling.weebly.com/study-skills.html and study up on your study skills!
Last week was College Awareness Week at Salk Middle School! It was a great week with students, faculty, and staff participating in a variety of college themed activities! Each day students were exposed to college facts during the morning announcements.
On Tuesday, March 5, Counselors set up tables outside the cafeteria. Students had the opportunity to explore and examine college materials and take part in the "Name the Mascot" game.
Wednesday, March 6, was our 1st Annual Door Decorating Contest. Teachers, staff, and students created college themed door decorations to show off their creativity and school spirit.
On Thursday, March 7, Counselors visited 8th grade Foreign Language classes to share their own college experiences and have open discussions with students about college.
We wrapped up the week with a viewing of the College Awareness Video created by Ms. Kourkoumelis and Ms. Levine and featuring Salk faculty and staff. Check out the video on the Salk Homepage! Overall it was a fun and informative week!
Click the buttons below to head to our College/Career Awareness page to see some photos, learn more about this fun and informative week, and to check out our Door Decorating Contest Winners!
College Awareness Week
College Awareness Week is next week!
Here is the list of the activities we have planned:
Tuesday: Students can visit our College Information table and test their college smarts by playing our “Name the Mascot” game during all lunch periods
Wednesday: Decorate Your Door contest! Teachers and staff- get creative and show us your college school spirit!
Thursday: Counselors will be visiting 8th grade World Language classes to have open conversations regarding college awareness. Staff and students are encouraged to wear college apparel or their favorite college’s school colors to show college pride!!
Friday: Students will view the College Awareness video featuring our own faculty and staff!
Check out this great website that gives you access to 100’s of mindfulness activities ranging from guided mindfulness audio tracks, to videos on yoga and acupressure, and animated mindful games. Free for Teachers!
Please let us know if you have any students that could benefit from peer tutoring. The other counselors and I will talk with the kids and link them up with a HW Helper. Tutors are available Monday through Friday after school in the green cafeteria.
Happy February, we hope Q3 is off to a good start for everyone!
Here are some articles that we thought teachers and parents might find useful and interesting!
From the New York Times Opinion Section:
Students Learn From People They Love
“Putting relationship quality at the center of education”
From the New York Times:
How to Help Tweens and Teens Manage Social Conflict
“Don’t add to the drama. Take it in stride and coach your kids as they work to resolve things on their own”
SUNY Old Westbury starting free literacy program for grades K-12
After School HW Help
Please encourage your students to stop by Guidance if they would like to work with a Homework Helper! The counselors will talk with the kids and link them up with a HW Helper.
College Awareness week will be the week of March 4th.
7th grade students will be completing Career Information Assessments the week of March 11th.
Stay tuned for more details on the activities and events in March!
Happy New Year! We hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and the break!
We'd like to welcome Ms. Pasquale to the Salk Counseling Department! Ms. Pasquale is filling in for Ms. Steward and will be covering 7th grade.
After School Homework Help
Please encourage your children to stop by Guidance if they’d like to work with a Homework Helper for any subject! For Quarter 2 we’ve definitely had less students available to tutor compared to Q1, but we do have Helpers that are ready, willing, and able to work with your students. Stop by Guidance and we'll set you up with a tutor to help your child with HW and studying!
On Thursday, January 10th at 7pm, Ms. Lyons and Ms. Pasquale will hold a Parent Workshop for current 6th and 7th grade parents to explain the 7th and 8th grade curriculum. They will be reviewing sample 7th and 8th grade schedules and will discuss course options for both grades.
On Thursday, January 17th from 6:45 to 7:45, the following workshop is offered for parents during Harry Potter Night:
"Addressing Emotional Wellness in Middle School"- The school Social Workers are offering an evening workshop and will be presenting about their classroom workshops held in each grade that raise emotional awareness and offer tools for building coping skills. Parents are invited to come learn about the tips and strategies that can help their children strengthen their emotional skills through the middle school years.
6th Grade News
On January 15th and 16th, Ms. Lyons will be pushing into 6th grade classes (class/periods to be determined) with the laptop cart. 6th graders will use the laptops to log-on to the Powerschool Student/Parent Portal and will choose their Foreign Language class for 7th grade.
7th Grade News
On January 22nd and 24th, Ms. Pasquale will be pushing into 7th grade classes (class/periods to be determined) with the lap top cart. 7th graders will use the laptops to log-on to the Powerschool Student/Parent Portal to choose their 8th grade electives (either Art or Music).
8th grade News
Scheduling meetings continue through January 25. Students and parents have been meeting with their counselor to review their 9th grade schedule and choose their electives. In addition, there was an 8th Grade Transition Workshop for parents at LMEC last night, presented by the High School Guidance Chairs.
Transition meetings have been scheduled for late January into early February. These meetings are similar to the Guidance meetings and students will go over their schedule and choose their electives.
College Awareness Week 2019
College Awareness week will be the week of March 4th. Stay tuned for more details on activities and events for that week!
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!
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