St. Patrick Students Prepare for LentFebruary 24, 2020
Lent, from the Middle English word Lentum, meaning springtime – the time of lengthening days, is a period of 40 days of fasting, prayer, almsgiving, and penitence before Easter. Lent began on Ash Wednesday, February 26 this year, and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday, April 9, when the Paschal Fast begins. Lent offers us […]
Lent, from the Middle English word Lentum, meaning springtime – the time of lengthening days, is a period of 40 days of fasting, prayer, almsgiving, and penitence before Easter. Lent began on Ash Wednesday, February 26 this year, and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday, April 9, when the Paschal Fast begins.
Lent offers us all a special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism. It is an opportunity to reflect on our lives, pray more deeply, repent of the wrongs we have committed or in what we have failed to do, and to be charitable to those in need.
The students and staff at St. Patrick School have begun to spend time preparing for Lent. Students and staff in grade preschool through 12 attended Ash Wednesday Mass with Fr. Mike. The distribution of ashes reminds us of our own mortality and calls us to repentance. In the early Church, Ash Wednesday was the day on which those who had sinned and who wished to be readmitted to the Church would begin their public penance. The ashes that we receive are a reminder of our own sinfulness and many Catholics leave them on their foreheads all day as a sign of humility. Some of the other activities that our students will be involved with during Lent are:
- Stations of the Cross: Each Friday during Lent, students will come together and pray the Stations of the Cross. The Stations of the Cross are a Catholic devotion which commemorates the passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. Each of the fourteen traditional stations represents an event which occurred during Jesus’ passion and death on Good Friday.
- Operation Rice Bowl: Middle school students put the Rice Bowls together and study some of the areas around the world and discuss how this program will help those affected areas. On Wednesday, April 1, the staff will serve our students lunch and the students will donate that day’s lunch money to the Rice Bowl.
- Preschool students will be talking about and reading age appropriate books about Lent and Easter. Each day they will have a Lenten activity. They will collect coins throughout the Lenten season and the money will be donated to the Rice Bowls.
- Students individually commit to fasting or performing acts of Christian service.
- While students will not be attending reconciliation as a class, students have opportunities to receive this sacrament throughout Lent by attending during parish times. Fr. Mike will also be in the confessional on Fridays at 2:30 p.m. so secondary students may attend on their own after dismissal. Fr. Mike encourages all students in the 2nd grade or older to attend reconciliation with their families during the time that was already been mentioned. Other times include Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. or on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Lent is a time for all of us to focus on repenting from our sins and consecrating ourselves to God, not on trying to earn God’s favor or increase his love for us. It is our goal that all our student body and faculty be well prepared for the resurrection on Easter.
Join Us in Celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2020January 24, 2020
Since 1974, one week every year is designated as Catholic Schools Week nationwide. It always begins the last Sunday of January and runs through the following Saturday. This year we are celebrating from Jan. 27 – Feb. 2. During this week, Catholic school students, parents, and educators in the United States celebrate what makes Catholic […]
Since 1974, one week every year is designated as Catholic Schools Week nationwide. It always begins the last Sunday of January and runs through the following Saturday. This year we are celebrating from Jan. 27 – Feb. 2. During this week, Catholic school students, parents, and educators in the United States celebrate what makes Catholic Schools unique. The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2020 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”
This year, there are many reasons to celebrate our own Catholic school here in Portland as well as Catholic schools around the nation. Catholic schools offer academic excellence and faith-filled education where God is embraced and not marginalized. While some Catholic schools are challenged by declining enrollments and school closures, St. Patrick School continues to have a steady enrollment and Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids also remain steady in their enrollments.
National test scores, high graduation and college attendance rates and other data show that Catholic school students outperform other students in both the public and private sectors. In addition, research from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) shows that 34% of millennials who attended a Catholic primary school are likely to attend Mass weekly, the number increases to 39% if they attended a Catholic secondary school, but the number drops significantly to only 5% if they have never attended a Catholic school. Not only are Catholic school students more likely to attend Mass weekly, they are more likely to contribute generously to charitable organizations.
We are excited to celebrate our Catholic School here in Portland. The success of our school is dependent on the support we receive from the greater Portland community.
Below is a calendar of the daily themes and celebrations that will take place at St. Patrick School throughout Catholic Schools Week:
Monday, January 27:
- Preschool – 12th treated to donuts as we kick off CSW
- Student dress-up day: Comfy Day
Tuesday, January 28:
- Delegation of SPS students to attend Mass at St. Andrew Cathedral in Grand Rapids
- All students will pray a candlelight rosary
- Student dress-up day: Dress up as a Teacher
Wednesday, January 29:
- Grades K-12 celebrate the Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. Mass
- All students celebrate the “Souper Bowl” by bringing a donation of a nonperishable food item
- Student dress-up day: Sunday Best
Thursday, January 30:
- Ice Cream/Popsicles will be served to all students at lunch
- Student dress-up day: Favorite Color Head-to-Toe
Friday, January 31:
- Guest Speaker Dr. David Den Braber to speak to students in grades 6-12
- Middle and High school students will celebrate with a pep assembly
- Middle and High school students treated to movies/games in the afternoon
- Elementary school students will celebrate with bowling
- Student dress-up day: Shamrock Spirit Day – this will be a jean/spirit wear day for all students
Sunday, February 2:
- Come celebrate with us as we end Catholic School’s Week at the 9:30 a.m. Mass.
We thank all of you for your generous support of St. Patrick School and ask that you keep our school in your prayers as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Please join us for all activities that are open to the public. At St. Patrick School, We Pray! We Learn! We Achieve!
Celebrating the Successes of 2019January 4, 2020
The end of the year always finds the circulation of many lists counting down the major events that happened. And before we ring in 2020, I would like to create my own list and look back at the top events for St. Patrick School during 2019. It would be impossible to rank them in order […]
The end of the year always finds the circulation of many lists counting down the major events that happened. And before we ring in 2020, I would like to create my own list and look back at the top events for St. Patrick School during 2019.
It would be impossible to rank them in order of importance, so they are listed randomly:
- St. Patrick School hired Mrs. Cortney Smith as our new PS-8th grade principal. Mr. Hodge will work as the high school principal and oversee our new advancement and development program. Mrs. Jenny Garcia, who filled in during the 2018-19 school year in a part-time role was hired as our new full-time school counselor for the 2019-20 school year.
- St. Patrick School launched an advancement and development program which will provide our current generation the opportunity to leave a legacy for future generations of Shamrocks.
- During the spring of her senior year, senior Annalise Gunderman was the track and field Division IV state champion in the 400-meter dash.
- The Class of 2019 graduated in May with 24 out of the 25 students enrolling in higher education with $534,295 in committed scholarship money. Six had a grade point average over a 4.0 and 24 out of the 25 had a grade point average over a 3.0. Three signed letters of intent to participate in college athletics.
- As the 2019 year was winding down, senior Olivia Fogarty and our school counselor, Mrs. Garcia, created a week of activities which helped our students and staff with awareness of issues relating to mental health which we called Mental Health Awareness week.
- We fully implemented our 1:1 Chromebook initiative by adding Chromebooks for our 6th and 7th grade students. All students in grades 6-12 now have a Chromebook assigned to them that they use for academic purposes.
- The varsity football team finished as state runner up in 8-man Division II. They advanced to the state finals before losing to 2018 Division I runner up Pickford in the Superior Dome in Marquette.
- A number of major projects were completed at St. Patrick School and Parish over the summer. This includes the installation of a new roof on the school and a new floor in the school gym. The pole barn destroyed by the tornado of 2015 was rebuilt and many smaller projects were completed throughout the parish.
- Freshman Cozette (Cozie) Brown set the school record in cross country medaling in four invitationals. She is the first female runner in school history to finish second team in our conference (CMAC) and to qualify for the state meet. She finished 75th in the Division IV state meet out of 238 runners. These accomplishments led her to be named the Portland Beacon Student Athlete of the Month for October.
St. Patrick Elementary Students Attend NED Kindness Adventure AssemblyDecember 28, 2019
By: Mrs. Cortney Smith On Tuesday, December 3, St. Patrick K-8 students had a unique opportunity to attend a program that has been presented to students in all 50 states and across the world. It is performed in nearly 5,500 schools and encourages nearly 2.5 million kids worldwide each year. Preventing bullying in schools is […]
By: Mrs. Cortney Smith
On Tuesday, December 3, St. Patrick K-8 students had a unique opportunity to attend a program that has been presented to students in all 50 states and across the world. It is performed in nearly 5,500 schools and encourages nearly 2.5 million kids worldwide each year.
Preventing bullying in schools is as important today as it has ever been. The Kindness Adventure Assembly gets to the heart of bullying by showing that kindness is the key to making friends and respecting others.
This school-wide character education program, known as “The Kindness Adventure”, centers around a 45-minute assembly. The main goal is to create an awareness of kindness. During the assembly, students are introduced to a character known as N.E.D. He is a lovable cartoon character who is relatable.
During the assembly, the speaker, Matt, begins by introducing the students to N.E.D.
N.E.D. stands for Never Give Up, Encourage Others, Do Your Best
After the introduction, they tell a story which involves N.E.D. and Matt traveling to Kenya to demonstrate kindness. Throughout the story he used humor, audience participation and object lessons. Students were on the edge of their seat as the speaker integrates interactive media with Bidii Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya. Together with N.E.D., Matt demonstrated the following:
Caring Is Cool
I Can Make Friends Anywhere
Each Person Matters
Different Can Be Good
The speaker continually reinforced and integrated kindness, respect, and acceptance lessons that encouraged students to maintain kindness. It is emphasized that we all can show kindness just by giving a smile.
Students and teachers were excited by N.E.D. who is a simple, relatable, and a kid-focused character. Mr. Matt was an excellent presenter who got this message across in a humorous way.
The great thing about this assembly is that it is at no cost to the host school. The program only asks for you to hold a sale of Kenyan gear for a week after the show. Kindness gear includes three different types of artwork made by Kenyan artisans. They use all the money earned as a “pay it forward” for the next school that wants an assembly, to pay for clean water in Kenya, and a small portion to the artisans for their talented work. Since the assembly, we have sold over 127 pieces. For more information on the show go to http://www.kindnessadventure.com/ and check out the free resources for students, parents, and teachers.
St. Patrick Students Participate in Mental Health Awareness WeekDecember 18, 2019
According to a new study, published by the American Psychological Association, rates of mood disorders, especially anxiety, and suicide-related outcomes have increased significantly over the last decade among adolescents and young adults. Being aware of this increase in mood disorders, St. Patrick School dared to be different this past week and participated in Mental Health […]
According to a new study, published by the American Psychological Association, rates of mood disorders, especially anxiety, and suicide-related outcomes have increased significantly over the last decade among adolescents and young adults. Being aware of this increase in mood disorders, St. Patrick School dared to be different this past week and participated in Mental Health Awareness Week.
Each day of the week had a mental health concern associated with a specific color. Students wore shirts with the designated color each day. There were activities that were designated to go with each day. Here is a breakdown of each day’s color and activities:
On Monday, our students wore blue in recognition of those who struggle with depression. Students participated in a ”take what you need and give what you can” challenge where they were able to take phrases for themselves based on what they need in their life and/or pick an act of kindness to complete.
For Tuesday, students wore red in recognition of those who struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We held an assembly to discuss mental health and PTSD. Mr. Jim Geisen from the Right Door for Hope, Recovery and Wellness presented to our students. He used the remainder of his time to answer any questions our students had.
The middle and high school split into separate groups to do a “Cross the Line” activity. This helped students gain a visual of the differences and similarities they have with other students and reflect on the theme that every person has their own story.
Wednesday, students wore yellow in recognition of those who struggle with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Students colored an awareness ribbon. Those that finished their drawing turned them in to our school counselor. One lucky winner had a chance to pie a teacher during our culminating activity on Friday.
Our pastor, Fr. Michael J. Alber did a great job of connecting his homily at our weekly high school Mass into our Mental Health Awareness theme. After Mass, our high school students and staff spent 15 minutes in Adoration providing our students an opportunity to pray and give their struggles, concerns and cares over to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to help them mentally focus and prepare for exam week.
For Thursday, students wore green in recognition of those who struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Students had the opportunity to make a green braided bracelet or test their OCD tendencies by making a beaded bracelet without a pattern.
Finally, on Friday, students wore pink in recognition of those who struggle with anxiety. This was the day we found out what class had the highest participation throughout our Mental Health Awareness Week. Those classes with the highest participation had student representatives selected that were able to “pie” select teachers who agreed to be models of putting their fears and anxieties aside so students could pie them for a little fun. The freshman had the highest percentage and won 10 pies while the sophomores and juniors tied for second and won four pies each. Alexis Hilliard was the student whose awareness ribbon was chosen so she was also able to pie a staff member of her choice. Finally, students were able to make their own slime during lunch to create a stress/anxiety relief tool. It was a fun and exciting way to end our week.
A very big thank you to senior Olivia Fogarty and our school counselor Mrs. Jenny Garcia for planning and leading our Mental Health Awareness Week activities. Also, a special thank you to all of the staff members who agreed to have a pie in their face. It was a great stress reliever for all as students get ready to take their exams, continue to celebrate and Advent and prepare for Christmas.
Fall Sports Wrap UpDecember 16, 2019
Before we get too far into the winter sports season, we want to recognize our student athletes’ accomplishments for our fall sports season. St. Patrick High School wrapped up another successful fall sports season with our annual awards banquet on December 3. The biggest highlight of the season was our football team finishing the regular […]
Before we get too far into the winter sports season, we want to recognize our student athletes’ accomplishments for our fall sports season. St. Patrick High School wrapped up another successful fall sports season with our annual awards banquet on December 3. The biggest highlight of the season was our football team finishing the regular season with an undefeated record and an overall 12-1 record as the 8-man football Division II state runner up. Our football team finished as state runner up two of the last three years. We would like to congratulate all our teams for their efforts throughout this fall sports season! A lot of time and hard work was put forth in the gym, on the field and of course in the classroom by our student athletes.
As previously mentioned, the Shamrock football team had a strong season winning a regional championship trophy and advancing to the state final. Individual honors include:
- Ned Smith: All-State Honorable Mention running back/defensive line
- Zach Spitzley: Portland Beacon Athlete of the Month for November
- Tyler Coyne: Tim Chamberlain Award
- John Schneider: Bishop Baraga Award
The varsity volleyball team had another solid season finishing 5th place in the league in a very strong Central Michigan Athletic Conference (CMAC). They finished second in the silver bracket at the Dansville Invitational. Individual awards include:
- Samee Teachworth: 1st team CMAC and Aquinas College Volleyball Commitment
- Mya Luna: 2nd team CMAC and school record for 233 serving aces in her career
- Olivia Fogarty: Honorable Mention CMAC
- Ally Florian: Honorable Mention CMAC
Our cross country program was unable to field a girls’ or boys’ team, but we did have a solid group of runners representing our school’s cross country program. Individual honors include:
- Cozette (Cozie) Brown: 2nd team CMAC, school record holder and medaled in four invitationals and Portland Beacon Student Athlete of the Month for October. She is the first female runner in school history to qualify for the state meet, finishing 75th in Division IV out of 238 runners.
Our JV volleyball team finished with an overall record of 21-7-5 and brought home a trophy for winning the gold bracket at the Perry Invitational. Our freshman volleyball team had a successful season showing much growth and finishing with an overall record of 10-8-4.
As a Catholic School, we expect our student athletes to represent our school in a positive manner, bringing Christ to everything they do, and making us proud with their sportsmanship. Without a doubt, they have done so in what turned out to be an extremely successful fall sports season. Our high school student athletes did an excellent job representing our school mission statement: We Pray! We Learn! We Achieve!
Advent—A Time to PrepareDecember 5, 2019
While the secular world has already started counting down the days and basically celebrating Christmas, decorating their houses, putting up Christmas trees and doing their Christmas shopping, the Christian World just celebrated its new year with the beginning of Advent. The word Advent derives from Latin, meaning ‘coming’ or ‘arrival.’ Jesus is coming, and Advent […]
While the secular world has already started counting down the days and basically celebrating
Christmas, decorating their houses, putting up Christmas trees and doing their Christmas
shopping, the Christian World just celebrated its new year with the beginning of Advent.
The word Advent derives from Latin, meaning ‘coming’ or ‘arrival.’ Jesus is coming, and Advent
is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. The Catholic Church's liturgical season
of Advent is a sacred time for prayer and quiet reflection as we prepare to celebrate Christ's
However, Advent is much more than recalling the humble beginning and birth of our Lord and
Savior. We are also preparing for His future coming as we anticipate and look toward Christ's
Second Coming as judge of the world at the end of time.
Each Monday at the school we will gather around the Advent wreath in our school gymnasium.
We will light the candle for the week and take time to sing, pray and remember exactly what it
is we are preparing for on Christmas Day, when the church actually begins the season of
The Advent wreath serves as a powerful visual reminder of the holiness of the season. It is
shaped in a perfect circle to represent the eternity of God. The four candles used, three purple
and one pink, mark the Sundays of Advent before Christmas. The purple candles are reminders
that this should be a time of prayer and sacrifice to prepare us for the second coming of Christ.
On the third Sunday, the pink candle is lit to announce Gaudete Sunday, a Sunday of rejoicing
for Christ is coming near.
As you prepare for the coming of Christ on Christmas morning, remember to put time aside to
participate in Advent. It is a time for charity and generosity for those in need. Make sure to
reserve and put aside special time for extra prayer and reflection. Advent is also a time to fast
and focus on one’s own spirituality. Finally, Advent is a time to receive the sacrament of
reconciliation and take a renewed interest in and a focus on the beauty of the Liturgy.
When the final candle is lit on the wreath and Advent comes to a successful completion, it will
be time to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the beginning of the Christmas season.
Time to Be ThankfulNovember 26, 2019
This year, St. Patrick School has implemented a new program called Virtues in Education. Each month has a specific virtue assigned to it. For the month of November, we chose the virtue of gratitude. It is a most fitting choice as the Virtue of the Month since most people around this time of year spend […]
This year, St. Patrick School has implemented a new program called Virtues in Education. Each month has a specific virtue assigned to it. For the month of November, we chose the virtue of gratitude. It is a most fitting choice as the Virtue of the Month since most people around this time of year spend some time thinking about what they are thankful, grateful or appreciative for in their life. I, like most people, do the same. Why and for what am I grateful, thankful and appreciative?
There are many things that come to mind, first and foremost the opportunity to serve as principal in my home parish and at the school from which I graduated. There are several other things that always stand out as well.
I am so appreciative that our school is built on our Faith in Christ. Having the freedom to put God first in everything we do is a precious gift. We are able to pray each morning as we start the day; we give thanks at lunch time; we gather for Mass each week and we pray before each large event, including athletic events. What a gift it is that we can give thanks for all of our successes and the blessings we receive.
I also enjoy the family-like atmosphere here at our parish school. I believe we are one big family, and that our school is an extension of the home. All families have issues that they struggle with. Families go through tough times where their love is tested. Fortunately, tough times don’t last but tough people do. Families forgive and forget and move on and grow from the trials and tribulations that test their love and faith. And in the end, it is always a great feeling to come home where we can deal with the issues of life with a strong support system in place.
The commitment to academic success throughout our school community is another thing I appreciate about our school. Our school family’s value rigorous standards in the classroom and invest themselves in that success. Small class sizes at St. Pat’s help foster that success as well and give teachers the opportunity to truly get to know their students and provide them with one-on-one attention. Small classes also make it easier to monitor a student’s progress, remediate a struggling student, and help foster the family environment we have at St. Patrick School.
One cannot go wrong with a foundation built on faith, family, love, and learning. It is a foundation that is made to weather even the toughest of times.
St. Patrick School is open to all members of the community, and our school family welcomes all who enroll here. You do not have to be Catholic to send your child to St. Patrick. All faiths are welcome. All that is required is a strong commitment to the educational success of your child.
Take time to be grateful, say “thank you” and count your blessings this week as we enjoy Thanksgiving and then begin to prepare for the start of Advent. On behalf of our pastor, the Reverend Michael J. Alber, elementary principal Cortney Smith, myself and the entire parish and school staff at St. Patrick, we wish you a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!
St. Patrick Quiz Bowl Team Hitting Full StrideNovember 21, 2019
The St. Patrick Quiz Bowl Team is off to a busy start to their season. The team participates in and follows the Mid-Michigan Academic League (MMAL) schedule. The team has been working extremely hard in both practice and participating in competitions recently. Our 11-member squad has to be creative with practice times as our small […]
The St. Patrick Quiz Bowl Team is off to a busy start to their season. The team participates in and follows the Mid-Michigan Academic League (MMAL) schedule. The team has been working extremely hard in both practice and participating in competitions recently.
Our 11-member squad has to be creative with practice times as our small student body is stretched between multiple sports teams, jobs, hobbies and other extracurricular activities. The team meets four days per week at lunch for practices, which consist mostly of keeping up to date on current events and practicing with as much trivia as possible. The league schedule has been condensed to just four weekly meets that the league attempts to sandwich between the fall and winter sports seasons. The league tournament always takes place the first Saturday after Thanksgiving break.
St. Patrick School was responsible for hosting one of the four meets this school year. We hosted teams from seven other schools. It takes much planning and volunteer assistance to be a host school. 24 volunteer readers, scorekeepers, and timekeepers are needed for the event as well as a plethora of snacks and other goodies which are necessary to fuel the young high school students’ minds and have them ready to compete. The event was a lot of fun and a huge success.
Another exciting challenge for the Quiz Bowl team was travelling to Central Michigan University on Wednesday, November 6 for our second consecutive season participating in QuizCentral, a televised trivia program produced by WCMU. We were one of 48 schools from across the State of Michigan to participate. In the first match, our team came up against a team from Cedarville who travelled from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to compete. Our team was victorious by a score of 170-120. Following a delicious lunch from the dining hall, they squared off against a tough team from McBain Northern Michigan Christian in the quarterfinals. Both teams were evenly matched, and the lead went back and forth but we were eventually defeated 200-190 (that’s only 1 question) and ousted from the competition.
The 2019 St. Patrick Quiz Bowl roster is made of the following members:
Varsity: Team Captain Rhiannon Pohl (Sr.), Veronica White (Sr.), Judith Pohl (Sr.), Devon FoxElster (Jr.), Letti Pohl (Jr.), and Teddy Wernet (Jr.)
JV: Cole Frazee (Jr.), Ethan Kiter (So.), Martin White (F), Mya Kahn (F), and Joshua Snitgen (F)
Our Quiz Bowl advisor is high school math teacher and trivia aficionado Mr. Terry Austen. The team’s ultimate goal is to qualify for the state meet which is hosted at Michigan State University this season. This will require the team to finish in first or second place in the league or in the league tournament. Best wishes to our Quiz Bowl team as they finish up their season in the weeks ahead.
St. Patrick Welcomes New School CounselorAugust 23, 2019
Hello! My name is Jenny Garcia and I am the full-time school counselor at St. Patrick School. I am thrilled to continue working with my fellow educators, parents, and community members who are passionate about the education we provide to our students. In college, I was unsure of my career path. I knew I wanted […]
Hello! My name is Jenny Garcia and I am the full-time school counselor at St. Patrick School. I am thrilled to continue working with my fellow educators, parents, and community members who are passionate about the education we provide to our students.
In college, I was unsure of my career path. I knew I wanted to do some sort of counseling but was not sure where I belonged. My interest in school counseling began during my assistance in a DK/Kindergarten class where I was assigned to tutor any students falling behind. I found myself working more to help the social/emotional needs of the students and quickly realized how much better students excelled academically when their social/emotional needs were met. This experience sparked my passion for thinking about the many aspects of students and how it can affect their development.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University during this time. After enjoying two years of being at home with my own children, I pursued my master’s to become a school counselor. My program was heavily rooted in ideals from the American School Counselor Association as well as the idea that as school counselors, we are educators with a specialty in school counseling.
My goal is to provide support and services to all students, catering to the individualized needs of each and every student. Certain services like classroom guidance lessons are provided to all students in an effort to prevent concerns or issues from occurring. Some students need more services like intervention, individual counseling, small group counseling, check-ins, mentor programs, referrals to professional counseling services, etc. I strive to reduce any issues or barriers that may prevent students from learning so that students can become their best selves and be successful within the school setting.
More specifically, each school level may receive different types of support. For our elementary students, the focus is primarily on social/emotional needs with beginning stages of learning about academic skills and careers. Middle school students will continue the fundamentals of career exploration and learning essential academic skills to prepare them for high school. They will also receive guidance on mental health, cyber safety, and social/emotional development.
Finally, high school students will receive support with a focus on college/career exploration, college applications, study skills, organization, credit recovery, graduation requirements, mental health, cyber safety, stress management, and much more. I am flexible with my services and am comfortable talking to students about a variety of topics.
It is important to note that my job cannot be done without the collaboration of our teachers, parents and school staff. We are a team and can work together to ensure all of our students’ well-being. My door is always open. Please let me know if you ever have any concerns about a student. I am available through email, phone calls, and in-person meetings. I look forward to this new school year together!