Virtual School Counseling

Hi Durham Families,

What an interesting time this is!  We are all figuring it out as we go.  While out of the building counselors will be checking and responding to email daily Monday through Friday.  Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

Students who were absent during the Career Lessons using Naviance will have the opportunity to complete the required tasks while out.  We will contact those students directly and share information on how to access the program assigned to them.

Naviance can be found on the Cobb County Schools website under the Parent tab.  This is a great resource to explore careers, colleges and interests.  Students can access their account by using their school login.

While the schools are out, if you should become concerned for the safety of a friend, or yourself, please seek out the following resources::

  1. 911 or local emergency room
  2. Georgia Crisis & Access Line: 1-800-715-4225
  3. National Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
  4. Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-784-2433
  5. Textline: TEXTHELLO 741741

Stay well!  We look forward to seeing everyone when we return!

Margaret Crandall (margaret.crandall@cobbk12.org) 6th grade & 7th grade A-M

Angie Hunt (angela.hunt@cobbk12.org) 8th grade & 7th grade N-Z

Low-Cost or Free Internet Plans

Comcast

 

  • Comcast Internet Essentials: Offers affordable home internet service for just $9.95 per month– with no contract, credit check or installation fees. You automatically qualify for the Internet Essentials package if your child participates in the school lunch program, you are receiving HUD housing assistance, a low-income senior, a community college student in Colorado or Illinois or a verified low-income veteran. You will also have the option to purchase a laptop or desktop computer for only $149.
  • Online: https://internetessentials.com/
  • Call : No direct number for this program; must login to enter phone number and receive a call from an agent
  • Spectrum Internet Assist– Provides affordable high-speed internet connection to low-income families, students and seniors for just $14.99 per month.

PCs for People:

A nonprofit organization that provides low-cost computers and free or affordable internet connection for low-income households. Potential recipients must be living below the 200% poverty level and currently enrolled in a government assistance program. PC for people offers high-speed internet for only $11.25 per month with no credit check or hidden fees. You will also be eligible to receive affordable PC or laptop repair for as low $25.

Online: https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist

Call : 1-855-243-8892

Access by AT&T:

A low-cost wireless home internet plan for low-income households. Access by AT&T provides high-speed internet service for $5-$10 per month. At least one person of your household should receive SSI or SNAP benefits to be qualified.

Go online: https://www.att.com/shop/internet/access/#!/ OR Call AT&T @  855.220.5211

Everyoneon.org – no income requirements

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service and computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. We work with device refurbishes, so individuals and their families can purchase discounted devices, including $150 tablets and $199 laptops. By calling 1-855-EVRY1ON or visiting everyoneon.org, users can discover the closest class in their communities. https://everyoneon.org/get-connected/ to find resources in area by zip code

Cobb County School District’s Enrollment Partner Code & URL

  • URL is everyoneon.org/cobbk12
  • Partner Code is: cobbk12
  • Please note: The partner code (org/*partnercode) is case-sensitive. To access the portal, visit www.everyoneon.org/portal and enter the credentials below:
  • username: cobbk12      password: password

 

 

 

New Career Activities to meet the Bridge Bill Requirement in Middle School

All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will explore the new career program called Naviance in January and February.  Students will use this program all through middle school and high school.

6th Grade- Students will take a Career Interest Inventory, to learn that interests have a relationship with careers.  Naviance will compile a list of careers, based on their interests, for student to explore.

7th Grade-  Students will take a Career Interest Inventory, gain a better understanding of career clusters, and identify and explore career clusters and possible careers of interests.

8th Grade- Students will take a Strengths Explorer Assessment to help them learn about their strengths and make connections to possible career pathways.  Plus, they will be exposed to the IGP (Individualized Graduation Plan), which they will need for high school.

E-Cigarette Use Among Middle and High-School-aged Youth- A presentation for parents

As part of Red Ribbon Week, Thursday, Oct. 24th at 8 am, Durham MS will host:

Presented by :
Laura Searcy from Cobb/Douglas Public Health

By attending the presentation, parents will be able to:

  • understand what e-cigarettes are and what they may look like
  • describe the health impact e-cigarette usage has on youth
  • discuss the issue of e-cigarette use for schools
  • list ways to prevent youth from using e-cigarettes
  • identify resources available to assist youth who may smoke
 

 

Stress and Coping Lesson

All 6th and 7th grade students will be taking part in a lesson on stress and coping in the month of October.  They will learn about what stress is, what happens to the body when stress is present, and how to deal with stress in a positive way.  The students will also be identifying their personal stressors and be able to pair them with healthy ways to deal with them.  Be sure to ask your students about the new strategies that they will be using to cope with stress!

CURRICULUM NIGHT

Please mark you calendars for Curriculum Nights:

6th Grade – Tuesday, October 1

7th Grade – Wednesday, October 2

8th Grade – Thursday, October 3 

This year we are introducing Grade Level Curriculum Nights.  This will offer you an opportunity to meet with your child’s academic teachers in the month of October.  Our goal is that this will be more informative and more conducive to your time than the typical middle school October conference.  During Curriculum Night, you will rotate through the five academic classes.  After the rotation is complete, you will then be allowed to return to any of your child’s teachers during a twenty-minute period to ask individual questions.

After the rotation, our hope is that you will not need an individual conference, which would be with your child’s homeroom teacher or another designated staff member.  If you decide you still want a conference after participating in the curriculum night, information will be the week following Curriculum Night.  Please note that all conferences are with the homeroom teacher or another designated staff member and they are for fifteen minutes.  In addition, if you choose to have a conference after the Curriculum night(s), these will be scheduled on Monday or Tuesday only during conference week.   

Curriculum nights will be held as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 1st, for 6th grade only
  • Wednesday, October 2nd, for 7th grade only
  • Thursday, October 3rd, for 8th grade only

Each night begins in your child’s first (1st) academic class, promptly at 6:30 p.m.  Doors will open at 6:10 p.m. so that you can get to the 1st period class and obtain your student’s class schedule.  Connections classes will not be part of the rotation, only academic classes.

1st academic class: 6:30 – 6:45

2nd academic class: 6:49 – 7:04

3rd academic class: 7:08 – 7:23

4th academic class: 7:27 – 7:42

5th academic class: 7:46 – 8:01

Open period to talk with individual teachers: 8:01 – 8:21.

*** October 3rd, the 8th grade night, will offer a parent magnet presentation at 6pm.  

 

WELCOME BACK DURHAM WILDCATS

The counseling team at Durham is excited and ready for the 2019-2020 school year!!!

What do school counselors do?

  • Meet with students and/or parents individually
  • Meet with students in small groups throughout the year focusing on a variety of topics including friendship skills, study skills, anxiety and others
  • Lead classroom guidance lessons throughout the year
  • Help with the transition from 5th to 6th and from 8th to 9th

How do students meet with a counselor?

Students may ask their teacher to speak with the counselor. If the grade-level counselor is unavailable/out of the office, the student may leave a note requesting to speak with the counselor or they may speak with one of the other counselors. In addition, parents may contact the counselor requesting them to speak with their child.

How do parents meet with a counselor?

Parents may make an appointment to talk with their child’s counselor by calling or sending an email to the grade level counselor.

  • Mrs. Margaret Crandall, 6th grade and 7th grade last name A – M
  • Dr. Angie Hunt, 8th grade and 7th grade last name N – Z