Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Perfect attendance party

As students finished the first nine weeks of school, I wanted to reward those who came to school each and everyday and who were on time each morning. At the end of a Friday, students with perfect attendance were invited to the cafeteria for an ice cream celebration! Of the 515 students at school, about 230 were able to make an appearance and be congratulated on their hard work and effort over the last 9 weeks. The kids loved it and it gave them time to socialize with their friends in other classes and grades. I am a huge advocate of "positive parties" and feel that kids need time to recognize their efforts.  For the next 3 marking periods, I will be having parities for those with perfect attendance and would LOVE any ideas on how to make them feel special!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Donuts with DUDES

In society today, there are fewer and fewer families that live together under one roof with a Mother, Father, and children. Since there are so many different male role models in a child's life, the term "dude" sounded more appropriate and applicable to our school than just the term "Dad". On Friday morning, we had 40 dozen donuts and hundreds of "dudes"  (Dads, Step-Dads, Grandfathers, Pastors, Uncles, etc) with their children in the cafeteria for a special breakfast together. It was a time that children could show off their school and their friends to the wonderful dude in their life who is helping to raise them. We had a great time and had high attendance!  We were definitely be making this in to an annual event!

Stickers for all the Dudes!
A FULL cafeteria!

40 Dozen donuts and juice!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Food for thought!

During our first teacher planning day, our principal had a great idea to have a potluck breakfast. I feel that as a counselor, our role is to foster community and build relationships with and among teachers. While not all principals are as supportive as others, counselors have a very important job and can take advantage of days like this to work on community building.  Besides the fact that I love breakfast foods, I really think that by simply bringing in food- it brings people together. I got to talk with some teachers on a personal level that I usually do not get to. I hope you have the opportunity to build up your community at some point this year!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Counselor's Corner in our media center

After getting a little more acclimated to my school, I found that our media center was FULL of counseling resources but they were not in a centralized location. I worked with our librarian/media specialist and got a list of the books that could be helpful for students dealing with counseling issues. My goal is to have students refer books they are reading to me/media specialist. This way, the students are the ones who are helping boost the counselor's corner! After all- they are the experts in their own problems!  Hopefully this idea could be used in your media center!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Red Ribbon Week! We vote NO for drugs!

Goodness Gracious! I have been thinking about this blog and ideas to post, but have not hit the button to submit and publish these stories!

Last week was Red Ribbon Week at school and we had a great turn out! I was thrilled to see so many teachers and students participate.

This is how our week looked:

Monday-Walk the Red carpet!  Wear Red to kick off Red Ribbon Week!
Tuesday- “I am a JEAN-ious, I Don''t Let Drugs Sneak Up On me!" Wear sneakers and jeans to school!
Wednesday- Sock It To Drugs Day" wear the craziest socks you can find!
Thursday- “Living Drug-Free Is No Sweat” day with everyone wearing sweatpants/sweatshirts to school.
Friday- “Be a Star- Don’t do drugs!” Wear your school shirts to school and dress in blue and yellow!

This is how our students got involved:

·       1. Essay Contest- done at home, or at the teachers discretion during school "Why is it important to NOT do drugs?"
2. Poster contest -  Students use 8 1/2 by 11inch  piece of paper and can use one of the slogans from above or create their own.

Our quilt of "What we do instead of drugs!"
·      3.  Quilt- each child will make a patch to put on the quilt. On each diamond, we asked the students “what do you do instead of drugs?” They had teh choice to draw or write what they do and it is now hung in the Cafeteria!  
       4. Our PTA was kind enough to give out candy with anti-drug sayings!

Throughout the hallways, we hung up the posters!
The winners of the Poster contest- hung outside Cafeteria!