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!
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.
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.
Scheduling for the 2018/2019 school year has started in the Salk Counseling Department! All middle school students will be choosing their electives online this year.
Current 8th Grade Students
Individual meetings with the 8th grade counselor, Mrs. Lyons are underway. Students will have an assembly on Jan 10 to go over high school scheduling information. Miss the meeting or want to know what was covered? Click the links below!
Please see your counselor for a list of all the courses open to 9th grade students next year.
Current 6th and 7th Grade Students
Parents of current 6th and 7th graders are invited to Salk for an informative presentation by the 6th and 7th grade School Counselors regarding schedules for next year. Please join us at 7pm in the Salk Auditorium on Thursday, January 18.
6th grade students will attend an assembly on Friday, January 19 for a scheduling presentation with Mrs. Steward.
7th grade students will attend an assembly on Thursday, January 18 for a scheduling presentation with Mrs. Hodge.
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