Counseling Office Updates
PSAT Information: All juniors who registered with Ms. Romans to take the PSAT test on Wednesday, October 14th. will be receiving detailed testing information from Mrs. Romans.
Advanced Placement Testing for 2020-21 School Year: All AP students need to make sure you register and pay for your AP exams by October 30th. Review your AP Student Checklist to ensure your registration is complete. (AP Checklist)
Suicide Prevention Makeup: Mr. Fowler and Ms. Meeron will be holding a suicide prevention makeup session on Monday, Oct. 12 at 8:15 am. All students who missed the original training have already been contacted via email. Please see the Google Classroom entitled SPT Makeup for further directions.
Governor's Scholars Program (GSP) Information: JUNIORS!! Don't forget that the information for the 2021 Governor's Scholars Program is in the GSP Classroom. The deadline to submit all application information and recommendations is November 6, 2020. A Q&A is scheduled for Monday, October 12th from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Check you GSP Classroom!
- Make notes on important points (main idea) you have learned from each assignment.
- Use an abbreviated outline format for note-taking.
- Review what is not clear to you.
- Try to think of questions your teacher might ask.
- When tackling homework, be sure you understand the teacher’s expectations.
- What is the point of the assignment? (If you pay attention in class, the teacher will explain and instruct you.)
- Summarize, in your own words, what you have learned.
- In class - Listen for important information in lectures. Try to pick out key facts and phrases, such as, “The three main reasons are…”
- Apply everything you learn as early and as often as possible.
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Mindfulness: (1) the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something; (2) a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
1. Mindful Walking: Mindful walking is a great way to teach mindfulness. Unlike sitting meditation, mindful walking allows students to get up and move, releasing some of their energy. It is a great way to bring the mind to the present-time experience and learn to live one day at a time. You can walk slowly and in silence outside.
2. Mindful Eating: Mindful eating is a great practice for people of any age. It can help us to eat healthier foods in healthier quantities at healthier times. Observe the food with awareness – what does it look like, smell like, feel like, taste like, etc.
3. Mindful Coloring: In mindful coloring exercises, we are just bringing our attention to the present moment through the act of creating something. Our awareness is wrapped up in the coloring, and we may find ourselves naturally mindful in these moments. You don’t have to get a special mindful coloring book to practice this - just find some coloring sheets.
4. Listening Exercises: Listening exercises offer a more organized and structured way to practice mindfulness. In this exercise, people will pair up with one partner and practice listening completely to what somebody else is saying. This helps build the ability to listen with mindfulness, an important skill that can benefit us in many ways. To start, pair up in twos - offer a prompt, and allow the speaking partner to speak for two minutes straight while the other one listens without responding. You can offer any prompt you’d like, such as “Tell me about somebody you admire,” “What are your favorite things to do for fun?” or “What is something you’re curious about?”
5. Self-Compassion: Responding with compassion is a mindful response that helps us be more present and kind toward ourselves.
Step by Step Guide to Completing the FAFSA (Source: U.S. Department of Education)
duPont Manual's KHEAA Outreach Counselor (If you need help with FAFSA) - contact Steven Held -email: email@example.com
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