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Counselor's Presentation February 23, 2011

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  1. 1. <ul><li>Welcome to High School: </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting the </li></ul><ul><li>Changes and Challenges </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Introduction to counselors </li></ul><ul><li>Grade-level information </li></ul><ul><li>High school counseling </li></ul><ul><li>Changes and Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>How can I help my child transition to high school? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Counseling Assignments counselor family last name Patrick Stenger A-Ha Cynthia Nordmeyer He-Lit Jennifer Melton Liu-S Kristi Cooper T-Z
  4. 4. <ul><li>Counselors will stay with students throughout HS until student or counselor leaves </li></ul><ul><li>Counselors will serve siblings </li></ul>
  5. 5. SAS Pudong High School grade # students 2010-11 # students 2011-12(projected) 9 145 133 10 160 130 11 130 153 12 115 123
  6. 6. <ul><li> “ Secondary school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population.” </li></ul><ul><li>- from the website of ASCA (American School Counselor Association) </li></ul>What is the role of the high school counselor...
  7. 7. <ul><li>social and emotional well-being </li></ul><ul><li>academic goals </li></ul><ul><li>college and career goals </li></ul>...helping students feel successful about themselves and school
  8. 8. <ul><li>build self-esteem , identity , and autonomy </li></ul><ul><li>learn strategies and skills to make good choices (academic, social, emotional, college/career) </li></ul><ul><li>create and maintain healthy relationships </li></ul>Counselors help students...
  9. 9. How do we do this? <ul><li>Guidance Curriculum : delivered to students in grade-level meetings, Flex classes, individual or family meetings (as needed) </li></ul><ul><li>Individual Student Planning : help students develop personal and academic goals, and future plans </li></ul><ul><li>Responsive Services : meeting individual student needs that require counseling, referral, information, or intervention </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Support : support from administration and teachers (team approach) </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>“ Perhaps the only thing more difficult than being a teenager is parenting one” </li></ul><ul><li>A time of great development: physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively </li></ul>Challenges and Changes
  11. 11. <ul><li>Trying to understand who they are or who they are trying to be </li></ul><ul><li>Peer group is the strongest influence </li></ul><ul><li>Increased pressure from peers regarding risky behaviors: alcohol, drugs, sex </li></ul><ul><li>Exploration of boundaries in relationships and behavior </li></ul>Social Development
  12. 12. <ul><li>‘ Roller Coaster Ride’ of hormones and mood swings. Often one heartbeat away from laughter or tears. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are evaluating themselves and trying to understand who they are. </li></ul><ul><li>With change comes uncertainty. </li></ul>Emotional Development
  13. 13. <ul><li>In tune with technology (digital natives) </li></ul><ul><li>Respond well to cooperative learning, academic variety </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in cognitive and reasoning ability </li></ul><ul><li>Critical thinking and writing skills are emphasized across the HS curriculum </li></ul>Cognitive Development
  14. 14. <ul><li>Listen to what your child has to say and offer your support. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay connected and communicate. Spend time together. </li></ul><ul><li>Establish (together with your child) clear rules, specific expectations, and consequences. This sets a tone of respect, trust, and fairness. Review them regularly. </li></ul><ul><li>Respect your teen’s privacy – e.g., knock before entering his/her room! </li></ul>How can I help with the transition to high school?
  15. 15. <ul><li>Understand your child is transitioning from childhood (needy, dependent) to adulthood (freedom, trust, responsibility) </li></ul><ul><li>Be a parent first, not a pal. Boundaries are important -- model them. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay in touch with teachers and counselors and know what is going on at school through the teacher and high school blogs. </li></ul><ul><li>Help monitor sleep (average of 9 hours), diet, and exercise </li></ul>More advice on helping your teen
  16. 16. Teenagers are just people trying to learn how to make it among the adults in the world, who are probably not so sure themselves.
  17. 17. Congratulations…
  18. 18. <ul><li>In six months, you will be the parent of a high school student! </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>First, some vocabulary: </li></ul>Freshmen Grade 9 Sophomores Grade 10 Juniors Grade 11 Seniors Grade 12
  20. 20. <ul><li>IB = International Baccalaureate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a two-year rigorous academic program offered to Juniors and Seniors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>AP = Advanced Placement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>college-level courses offered to high school students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Both are strong college-preparatory programs but not of immediate concern for Grade 9 students. </li></ul>IB and AP
  21. 21. What does a HS day look like? Day A (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A) Day B (1B, 2B, 3B, 4B) Homeroom: 8:05 – 8:20 Homeroom: 8:05 – 8:20 Block – 80 minutes Block – 80 minutes Break - 20 minutes Break - 20 minutes Block – 80 minutes Block – 80 minutes Block – 80 minutes Block – 80 minutes Lunch – 55 minutes Lunch – 55 minutes Block – 80 minutes Block – 80 minutes
  22. 22. <ul><li>English 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Lab Science </li></ul><ul><li>Asian History 9 </li></ul><ul><li>Math : per 8 th grade teacher recommendation and placement test </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Education/Health 9 </li></ul>Required subjects for grade 9
  23. 23. <ul><li>French – per 8 th grade teacher recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish – per 8 th grade teacher recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese – per 8 th grade teacher recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>ESOL – per testing and MS ESOL teacher recommendation </li></ul>Foreign Languages:
  24. 24. <ul><li>Art Foundations </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to Drama </li></ul><ul><li>Band Intermediate </li></ul><ul><li>Orchestra Intermediate </li></ul><ul><li>Choir Intermediate </li></ul><ul><li>Dance 1 </li></ul>Fine/Performing Arts Electives:
  25. 25. <ul><li>counselor meetings/ Naviance </li></ul><ul><li>time to meet with teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Supervised Study Flex </li></ul><ul><li>ESOL Flex </li></ul><ul><li>productive study time </li></ul>Students have 7 academic blocks -- the 8 th block is FLEX
  26. 26. SAS High School Graduation Requirements Graduation Requirements Subject Credit English 4 Math 3 Science 3 Social Studies 3 Foreign Language 2 PE/Health 2 Fine/Performing Arts 2 Electives 5 TOTAL 24
  27. 27. <ul><li>Ask your child for the course selection sheet he/she will receive on Friday, March 4th </li></ul><ul><li>Check out the course description catalog at the high school blog at </li></ul><ul><li>Contact your child’s counselor for questions </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss course choices with your child </li></ul><ul><li>Submit the selection sheet by March 16th to student’s advisory teacher: first come, first served </li></ul>What can YOU do now?
  28. 28. <ul><li>Keep up on high school news by checking the Dr. Borden’s high school blog at: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>course signup info session for 8th graders on March 3rd in advisory </li></ul><ul><li>meeting with HS counselors on Friday, March 4th about course selection </li></ul><ul><li>A Day in the Life of a High School Student: Nuts and Bolts </li></ul>What do WE do now?