The Middle School Specialty Program information nights.
All programs will be represented both evenings as well as Porter and Pennington Schools. This is for current 5th grade students interested in applying to specialty programs for their 6th grade year.
Monday, October 10, 2016
7 – 9 p.m.
Kelly Leadership Center
Monday, October 17, 2016
7 – 9 p.m.
Kelly Leadership Center
If you have any questions, please feel free to call
Gifted Education and Special Programs
Social Skills Group:
Group Therapy Associates is currently accepting applications for their Social Skills group at their Haymarket office. This group is designed for students in grades 1st-4th.
Directly from Group Therapy Associates:
Group Therapy Associates is pleased to offer a 5-week social skills group, led by our experienced child therapist who will guide kids through hands-on skill building activities to boost confidence, improve self-control, manage anxious feelings, and enhance social skills.
Your child will learn:
- how to manage anger and resolve conflict at home and at school
- deal with social stress and cope with anxious feelings
- Create healthy friendships and build self-confidence in social situations
- How to ask for help when they need it, be assertive, and express themselves in respectful and appropriate ways
- to identify their unique anxiety & anger triggers and build skills to manage all of their feelings effectively.
Classroom Guidance Lessons
Your School Counselors work with grade levels to develop a curriculum delivery plan for all grades, from the new American School Counseling Association (ASCA)’s Mindsets and Behaviors standards. These standards are grouped into 2 Categories, 1. Mindsets standards we teach children, regarding their view of themselves as student workers (academic work), and 2. Behaviors standards we teach children, which are behaviors associated with being a successful student. The Behavior standards are grouped into 3 subcategories, a. Learning Strategies, b. Self-Management Skills, and c. Social Skills. These standards are taught in conjunction with an emphasis and focus on Guidance’s three broad domains: Academic, Social/Emotional and Career Development to support learning and career readiness for all students.
We look forward to seeing your students in their classroom environment!
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns:
Sarah Bauer, email@example.com
Robin Hudspeth, Wednesdays & Thursdays, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are here to make this year a successful one for you and your children!
The Buckland Mills Comprehensive School Counseling Program includes:
Classroom Guidance - lessons taught by the counselors to enhance academic, personal/social, and career success.
Individual Counseling - on a limited basis, with referrals to community counseling agencies as needed.
Small Group Counseling - to practice skills for school success, sometimes a small group of students are working on a similar goal or skills and working in a smaller setting is the ideal structure for achieving these goals.
Consultation & Coordination - with parents and school staff to implement strategies for school success.
- Help resolve problems that interfere with learning;
- Counsel individuals and groups;
- Conduct classroom guidance activities;
- Facilitate educational activities that help students understand the responsibilities of work and participation in school;
- Provide opportunities for students to work cooperatively;
- Coordinate with school staff and community resources to assist students;
- Support students with special needs; and
- Offer crisis intervention and prevention.
Here at BMES we do not tolerate any form of bullying. If you feel like your child is being bullies, please contact any of the counselors.
Definition of Bullying (from PWCS Regulation "Bullying of Students"): Bullying means any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm,
intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between
the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe
emotional trauma. “Bullying” also includes cyber bullying, which involves the
transmission, receipt, or display of electronic messages and/or images. Bullying does not
include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.
Here are some suggestions if you see bullying happening in your neighborhood. These suggestions are from the Olweus Bullying prevention program:
1. Stop the Bullying make sure all children are safe
2. Support child who has been bullies
3. Name the bullying behavior
4. Engage the others who are around and ask them what they saw
5. Let the parents of all parties know about the bullying behavior
6. Take steps to ensure the bullies student will be protected from future bullying (i.e. let parents and school know about the bullying situation).
We teach the students that 3 things must be occurring to be considered bullying:
1. Someone is doing something mean
2. Repeatedly, over and over
3. For Power or Control
Students are always encouraged to tell the nearest adult, classroom teacher, counselor, parent, principal, or any trusted adult if anything is bothering them. We also teach problem-solving strategies to help students deter and prevent bullying behavior, turn into bullying situations.
Please find a handout in the 'Files and Documents' section entitled Bullying - What Parents Should Know About Bullying for more information
All students are taught the Wildcat Wheel of Strategies, which is adapted from the Kelso in Action curriculum. This program builds skill growth in the area of problem-solving and helps students learn ways to solve problems with their peers.
The 9 Kelso strategies are:
-Ask Them to Stop
-Go to Another Game
-Wait and Cool Off
-Share and Take Turns
-Make a Deal
-Talk it Out
Problems are classified into 2 categories, BIG problems or small problems. Big problems are scary or dangerous (where a person, property or animal could get hurt), and students are to tell an adult/teacher/bus driver/parent right away. A "small" problem is not dangerous and students are encouraged to utilize the above strategies. If students try 2-3 strategies and the problem is on-going, then they are encouraged to get an adult's help.
Additional literature used to teach problem-solving, build self-esteem and self-worth, bully prevention and building a positive community are:
One, by Kathryn Otoshi, teaches how to stand up for yourself and others
Zero, by Kathryn Otoshi, teaches self-worth
Band-Aid Chicken: A Program about Resisting Peer Pressure, by Becky Rangel Henton, teaches about resisting peer pressure and standing up for what is right!
Cliques Just Don't Make Cents, by Julia Cook, teaches about self-worth and friendship choices.
Simon's Hook (A Story About Teases and Put-downs), by Karen Gedig Burnett and Laurie Barrows, emphasizes 5 strategies for how to deal with teasing.
Sarah Bauer, M-F email@example.com
Robin Hudspeth, W & Th. firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome! We are so excited to both be returning to Buckland again this year. We are here to support your students, the teachers and our parents. We both have a M.Ed. in Education - School Counseling. Collectively we bring over 20 years of teaching and counseling experience together. We focus on a variety of topics to support your children's academic, personal/social and career pursuits. Please don't hesitate to contact us for any reason. You may reach us at 703-530-1560 or for Sarah Bauer: email@example.com, and for Robin Hudspeth: firstname.lastname@example.org
We bring the guidance curriculum to students through classroom guidance, small group and individual counseling, as well as school-wide activities and assemblies. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support your student this year!