I am so excited to have joined the Middle School team after serving as one of two high school counselors at LHS for the past 6 years. In order to help all middle school students make good decisions and teach strategies for academic success, I will be delivering classroom lessons on a variety of topics throughout the school year. In addition to following a standards based developmental school counseling program, during the month of September I visited both the 7th and 8th grade English classes to discuss with students what topics were of most interest to them.
Our first guidance lesson took place in Social Studies and focused on using decision-making skills to make safe and healthy choices in social situations. The lesson was designed to increase student awareness that there are consequences that accompany each choice one makes and even choices they do not make. Ask your student to share some of the things they learned about the Decision-Making Matrix used and about putting tough decisions on….“ICE.”
The decision-making guidance lesson dovetailed nicely into our advisory program as we recognized Red Ribbon Week©, the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the nation. The week started with a school-wide pledge to “keep our hands off drugs” and was then followed by daily drug fact announcements and dress-up days, serving as a visible reminders of the choices we all have when it comes to being drug-free and living healthy lifestyles. We wrapped up the week with a quick quiz on the daily drug facts and raffled off some cool prizes.
Mrs. Carrie Gibbs