Counseling Weekly 01.17.17

Counseling Weekly 01.17.17

 

Peak to Peak Counseling News and Announcements

Wednesday Event for Middle School Parents/Guardians!

Dear Middle School Parent/Guardians,

We would like to formally invite you to our Middle School Parent/Guardian education evening. The evening will take place on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 and we will begin in the Peak to Peak Cafeteria at 5:45 PM. All middle school guardians are invited to attend (we respectfully request that anyone attending is over the age of 18).

We have planned a unique and innovative evening. The topics are grade level specific and in line with the developmental needs of middle schoolers. All parents will have a session with the HS Counselors about college preparation. Parents/Guardians will also be invited to attend the Keynote presentation in addition to the following...

6th- Building relationships through communication

7th - Adolescent Identity Formation in the Digital Age

8th- Balance and wellness in High School Planning

Please put this in your calendar! It is not an event to be missed!

Sincerely,

The Middle School Counseling Team

About the Keynote Speaker:

Rosalind Wiseman

Rosalind Wiseman has had only one job since graduating from college—to help communities shift the way we think about children and teens’ emotional and physical wellbeing. As a teacher, thought leader, author, and media spokesperson on bullying, ethical leadership, the use of social media, and media literacy, she is in constant dialogue and collaboration with educators, parents, children, and teens.

Rosalind is the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World—the groundbreaking, best-selling book that was the basis for the movie Mean Girls. Her latest book, Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World was published in September 2013. In addition, she wrote a free companion e-book for high school boys, entitled The Guide: Managing Douchebags, Recruiting Wingmen, and Attracting Who You Want and a school edition entitled, The Guide: Managing Jerks, Recruiting Wingmen, and Attracting Who You Want

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SAVE THE DATE: 2017 Gap Year Fair - Tuesday, January 31st , 2017

USA Gap Year Fair in the Peak to Peak College Counseling Center

Pre-register onlinehere

6-6:45pm in the College Counseling Center - Gap Year Presentation by Marion Taylor of Taylor the Gap

6:45-8:30pm - Gap Year Fair - 30-45 organizations expected!

Interested in taking a gap year after high school? Not sure what a gap year is? Come learn more! This event is great for any high school students and parents/guardians.

NY Times article on the benefits of a gap year:here

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SAVE THE DATE: Summer Experience Fair - Tuesday, February 28th 2:30-4:30pm

Peak to Peak will be hosting our second annual Summer Experience Fair in the Counseling Center next month. This event is recommended for all students looking for local jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and/or research experiences. Do you work for or know of local organizations or companies that offer summer opportunities for students? Email brian.rauscher@bvsd.org for details on this free event.

Current list of registered organizations:

  • Boulder County Youth Corps
  • City of Louisville
  • City of Westminster
  • Community Food Share
  • CU Science Discovery
  • Denver Botanic Gardens
  • Foothills United Way, Volunteer Connection
  • “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County
  • Lafayette Miners Museum
  • Sister Carmen Community Center
  • Thorne Nature Experience
  • YMCA of Boulder Valley

In addition, the Counseling Center maintains an online listing of summer programs, and the updated version is posted here.

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10th Grade Counseling Lesson Summary: College & Career Planning

Last week, through US Govt. Classes, all sophomores completed a lesson on balance and looking ahead to applying to college. High School Counselor, Ms. Thompson, helped students to look at where they currently are and they then reflected on where they would like to be. All students were asked to identify a goal and then develop an action plan for completing that goal. Attached you will find a copy of the "tree" the students used as a metaphor for looking at their life. Please take some time to talk to your child about the activity and what they learned about themselves. Additionally, talk with them about how you (the parent/guardian) can help support them as they work toward achieving the goal.

Sophomores are also encouraged to find meaningful summer experiences. Please see the information above on the Summer Experience Fair on Tuesday 2/28, as well as the link to our extensive list of summer programs.