Counseling Office News

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Monday, January 18

On Monday, January 18th school will not be in session due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. This day is meant to commemorate a great American leader who forged the way for our nation in the pursuit for the civil rights for all. As a school we want to provide our community with opportunities to learn more about the holiday and the life and legacy of Dr. King. We also encourage you to spend some time providing service as the holiday is a national day of service. Find articles, videos, and links to websites below to support your learning and help you to locate service opportunities.

What to Know about MLK Day - click here

How did Martin Luther King Get a Holiday?

MLK Day: 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand the Significance

Do's and Don'ts of Celebrating MLK Day (teacher resource)

Ways to spend your MLK Day

Go to MLKDay.gov to find service opportunities

If you choose to participate in service activities, we want you to share it with us. Please take pictures or videos and send them to Mrs. Boggs at paula.boggs@jefferson.kyschools.us, so they can be added to our school social media sites.

Updates for 2nd Semester

New Timetable Schedule/Red-White Calendar

New NTI 2nd Semester Timetable Schedule: All classes will transition to one (1) bell schedule each class will meet for two (2) sessions each week. We will continue to follow our current Red/White schedule w/Crismon Hours on Wednesdays of a five-day week. We will remain on this schedule until in-person instruction begins.

Manual Achievement Center (MAC)

Ms. Jasmine Romans - Academic Instructional Coach and Coordinator of the MAC

MAC Informational Flyer (Starts January 19)

Tutoring/Homework Help

Mental Health Tip: 5 Tips for Setting and Keeping Mental Health Goals

According to U.S. News, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. If you want to be one of the people who succeeds, keep reading.

Setting goals and reaching them is very beneficial to your mental health. However, not reaching goals can also increase feelings of depression and anxiety. So how do you make sure you stick to your goals and reap the positive benefits?

1. Identify the Areas of Your Life You Want to Improve: When setting goals, the first thing you need to do is identify the area of your life that you want to improve. Just a few areas of your life that you may want to improve include: Physical health, Mental health, Education, Employment, Finances and Relationships.

2. Identify Your Overall Goals:  After you identify the areas of your life you want to focus on, you can set your overall goals. Your overall goal could be something like manage your mental health, finish school year with good grades, find a part-time job, join a club, or doing anything else that you want for your life.

3. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals: Setting a general, non-specific goal like managing your mental health is what causes people to fail to reach their goals. And studies show that these types of goals also cause people with depression to feel worse. So general or overall goals are a good starting point but definitely not where you should stop. Once you’ve identified your overall goals, the next step is to make yourself a plan for achieving them by defining exactly how you’re going to get to the finish line. A great way to do this is by using the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting system. A S.M.A.R.T. goal is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound. Remember, the more detailed you are, the better your chance at making your dreams come true!

Specific: The first thing to keep in mind when setting a goal is to make it very specific. Research shows that when you set specific, manageable goals and reach them, the levels of dopamine in your brain increase, making you feel good about yourself. For example, perhaps you decide to set a goal to track your mood so you can better understand your symptoms, triggers, and other factors affecting your mental health.

Measurable: If you set a measurable goal, you can more easily hold yourself accountable. Sticking with the mood tracking example, maybe you decide that you are going to track your mood at least five days a week for a month or even every day.

Attainable: You need to set goals that are possible to achieve because, as we said earlier, achievable goals help improve your mental health. So if you don’t think you’ll be able to track your mood every day, start out by setting a goal to do it three to five days a week, giving yourself room for days that you may forget.

Relevant: Ask yourself why you want to achieve this goal, and how will it help you get closer to the life you really want to live? Be sure to consider how your goal fits into your current life situation. Will it fit into other aspects of your routine like school or work and home/family obligations?

Time-bound:  You will have a significantly greater chance of reaching your goal if set yourself a deadline. When you plan with a timeline, you will naturally be more motivated to stick to that plan. However, be sure the deadline you set allows you enough time to realistically achieve your goal, or you’ll be setting yourself up for disappointment, which can negatively affect your mental health and stunt your motivation.

4. Accept Setbacks & Keep Moving Forward: Sometimes, life doesn’t go our way. Even S.M.A.R.T. goals might not be reached for a variety of reasons. That doesn’t mean you should give up! Remember, we learn infinitely more from our failures than we do from our successes. Learn from your mistakes, cut out what doesn’t work for you, and try again tomorrow. Keeping trying new things and readjust your plan as much as you need to get to the finish line.

5. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others: Everyone is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. Don’t get discouraged by others’ successes. Remember to focus on yourself and your journey. Learn who you are and set goals that work for your life and personality — not someone else’s.

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