Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December 2014

Checking in with everyone and wrapping up a few items for the year 2014.
MY website is now available on the LMS home page.  Just click School Counseling.

The good news is we have put the garden to rest for the winter and have applied for 3 school garden grants.  Keep your fingers crossed. 

I am excited to report that I will have an intern 1 day a week from the Husson College School Counseling program starting in January.  Mrs. Racheal McGraw is currently working at a local school and will finish up her degree in the spring.  I will have her post a biography a bit later.  I will supervise Racheal as she participates in all aspects of my LMS school counseling program. 

I have some small groups that meet during 1st and 2nd lunch to support all students.  The PACK meets on Wednesday with a focused topic each week.  1.  Your Future   2.  Our Bucket List   3.  Drama in and out of school        4.  Our choice.  Thursday is LUNCH with an ART  [the art of conversation].  We eat together and play a really fun dice game that is quick and lively. 

I have a lot of resources for families and would like to share.  Parent Survey  If you are willing to fill out my brief survey this will help me decide how to communicate with you all and know what you would like to know more about.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

October 2014

School Counselor TECH TIP

We have settled into school with new routines and schedules.  Students have sports under their belts or have joined clubs and are into the daily routines of what makes a middle schoolers. We all need resources and quick tips on how to navigate the turbulent times of adolescence.  I am always looking for current information on topics that are important to faculty, parents and students.  I recently found a great parent resource called KnowBullying.  This website gives you the link to an APP for your phone or ipad from SAMSHA.  This is the government website for substance abuse and mental health services.  This app is a handy tool for a variety of reasons.  
 The menu offers solid information about:

  • what to do about bullying
  • how to intervene in a bullying situation
  • investigation of the situation
  • helping your child
  • general talking tips.  
I will be looking for more tips to share.  I would like to suggest Common Sense Media for a parent go to source for all things technological. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Welcome Back 2014

Made by Mrs. Drake's art class
Sept. 2, 2014 I am excited to get back to school and see all the students friendly faces.  I have been registering students and getting schedules ready with Mrs. Smith the guidance clerk. Thank you to the community for their generosity.
 I have been generously provided with school supplies from a variety of community donors and am excited to share.  Please come see me if your child needs a backpack, pencils or something specific to start school with.  I would love to share the supplies.
Open house is Sept 10.  I will have a list to share of services and resources for families that might be helpful. I know you will be getting a lot of papers the first week.  Look for me around the office area and stop by and say hi.  

Saturday, June 21, 2014

School Garden

Garden Leaders
June 20, 2014
There is a lot of excitement about a school garden that has been started at Leonard Middle School.  Mrs. O'Connell, Mrs. Drake and Mrs. Koch are leading the charge of students who are meeting weekly to plan the gardening spot.   We have had a busy winter learning a lot about planting, bees, water resources and our community needs.  There has been a fund raiser by the garden club to sell BEE FRIENDLY seeds. We raised $50.00 for the Garden Club.  Students learned about bees and pollination in the midst of winter.  The garden has finally arrived at the stage for planting.  Mrs. Koch, Mrs. Bailey and Mrs. O'Connell armed with drills and boards assembled the raised beds.  Mr. Tim Fowler with the help of General Rental of Old Town raised the Garden Loom and our wonderful students began the process of getting the garden installed and planted.
We had many donations of seedlings and help from parents who donated the dirt.

MORE PHOTOS to come...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Is winter over? It must be Spring!

The Attendance Counts Breakfast was held on May 8th.   Mrs. Tuttle, Mrs. Kenney and Mrs. Creeley's home rooms were the recipients of a special breakfast put on by the RTI-B team.  Attendance and being on time to school are habits that we know support student success.
Our next attendance breakfast will feature those students who are meeting the standard for attendance on an individual basis.  More later.

Monday, January 20, 2014

What is "Cool" for Winter?

The weather certainly draws attention to "cool" in middle school.  Many "high thermostat" students seem to not need a coat, hat or mittens while standing and waiting for the bus or walking to and from school.   Here are a few of my coat conversations:  "I have a coat but I don't like it", "I lost it", "It makes me look fat" and finally..."It's in my backpack, I'm not cold".  The same goes for the hat and mitten chat. "My mom made me wear this".  I thought it might be helpful to see what is trending at LMS. While furry bomber hats and wool coats are what is trending in the wider world, middle school students like to be the same. This is what is trending at our school. Neons, knits, scarves and foot gear hopefully will keep our students warm. Even with the spring thaw.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Homework and Organization

It's 2014 and time to REFLECT and LOOK FORWARD.  When the New Year starts we all think in terms of goal setting. It is a time we are all talking about.  When middle schoolers get back to school after the winter break the swing of school can be exciting or overwhelming.  Here are some tips to help them  GET ORGANIZED....
1.  Clean out that back pack.
2.  Use the Reminder's part of the Ipad to help keep up on scheduling and deallines.
3.  Ask your child to check on their locker and clean it out. Lunches can be very smelly AND fruit flies survive in winter.
4.  A zippered pencil case is still a tried and true way to manage all the pens and pencils that are needed for class.
5.  Pick one or two goals at home to accomplish homework and set up a chart in a daily place of viewing.  A refrigerator or mirror are a great place.
6.  Finally:  Routine and habits help students be ready for the school day.  What you can do at home to be ready for school.
       *have an area to homework where you can stop by and check in and monitor computer time              at the same time as homework.
      * if your child is a 7th or 8th grader part of their homework is to keep their Ipad charged.
       * There is always a requirement for reading at least 30 min.
       * Pack up the backpack and have it in a place you won't forget it in the AM.
If students like to do some self help reading there are many teen and tween self-help books that offer great encouragement and tips on being successful.
7.  CHECK, CHECK, CHECK:  6th graders have planners and 7th and 8th graders have folders and web based systems of keeping track of all things school.
8.  Give a tween or teen a job that is part of the process of getting things done in your home.
If you like an internet version. Here is a reliable site that answers all those questions. January is the perfect time to seek out the self help shelf:

If you are interested in a book on the topic of homework and organization check these out.  They are in my office too.