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Counseling Office News Newsletter Includes the following: ILP, Class Ring Order, Cap/Gown Order, Meditation for Beginners, Homework Help Sites, Latest Scholarships/Opportunities and Community Services Directory.

Counseling Office Updates

www.dupontmanualcounseling.com

Streamlining Your School-Related Google Classrooms - All students now have a grade level specific for Counseling Office and one for Main School Related News & Info.

Follow us on Social Media: @dmhsguidance (Twitter) and @dmhscounseling (Instagram)

Individual Learning Plan: Please look at your Grade Level Google Classroom for the ILP Assignment.

All Students: Your Progress Report from Term 2 is now available on your Student Portal.

Juniors: Order your Class Ring

Seniors: Order your Cap/Gown

YPAS Symphonic Band Video Performance

Mental Health Tip: Meditation

A Basic Meditation for Beginners

The first thing to clarify: What we’re doing here is aiming for mindfulness, not some process that magically wipes your mind clear of the countless and endless thoughts that erupt and ping constantly in our brains. We’re just practicing bringing our attention to our breath, and then back to the breath when we notice our attention has wandered.

1. Get comfortable and prepare to sit still for a few minutes. After you stop reading this, you’re going to simply focus on your own natural inhaling and exhaling of breath.

2. Focus on your breath. Where do you feel your breath most? In your belly? In your nose? Try to keep your attention on your inhale and exhale.

3. Follow your breath for two minutes. Take a deep inhale, expanding your belly, and then exhale slowly, elongating the out-breath as your belly contracts.

Welcome back. What happened? How long was it before your mind wandered away from your breath? Did you notice how busy your mind was even without consciously directing it to think about anything in particular? If you experienced distractions (and we all do), you’ve made an important discovery: simply put, that’s the opposite of mindfulness. It’s when we live in our heads, on automatic pilot, letting our thoughts go here and there, exploring, say, the future or the past, and essentially, not being present in the moment. But that’s where most of us live most of the time—and pretty uncomfortably, if we’re being honest, right? But it doesn’t have to be that way.

We “practice” mindfulness so we can learn how to recognize when our minds are doing their normal everyday acrobatics, and maybe take a pause from that for just a little while so we can choose what we’d like to focus on. In a nutshell, meditation helps us have a much healthier relationship with ourselves (and, by extension, with others).

Resource: Mindful.org

Tutoring/ Homework Help

In an effort to provide additional support for our students and families during NTI, JCPS is excited to offer virtual tutoring/homework help through a company called FEV Tutor. You can learn more about this service by watching this session from the Digital Learning Channel. If families have any questions about this free virtual tutoring program or need technical support, they can contact FEV Tutor directly at: ky@fevtutor.com or 855-763-2607.

duPont Manual Tutoring Resources

Free Ebooks Resource - Use your JCPS email to view this Google Doc provided by the Manual Librarian.

Homework Help Websites below:

Louisville Free Public Library

Khan Academy

Resources

duPont Manual's Virtual College/Career Room

Latest Scholarships/Opportunities Newsletter

Evolve 502 Scholarship: The Evolve502 Scholarship is open to all eligible JCPS Class of 2021 graduates, who wants to attend any Kentucky Community & Technical College or Simmons College of Kentucky. The Evolve502 Scholarship may be used to earn an associate degree, workforce credential, or as a pathway to earn a four-year degree.

Article: 11 Steps to Finalizing and Submitting Your College Apps

Article: How to Have a Productive High School Winter Break

Article: COVID-19 College Life: Climbing Uphill in 2020

Community Services Directory

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