Lovinggood School Counseling Dept.

Keeping you updated on a variety of topics

Coffee with the Professional School Counselor Series

October12

Click here to RSVP for our October 25th session.

PSAT 8/9

October2

All 8th graders will take the PSAT 8/9 on Thursday, November 2nd. Below are a few resources to help you understand the PSAT 8/9.

PSAT 8/9 Parent Letter (English and Spanish)

Preparing for the PSAT 8/9

PSAT 8/9 Study Guide

Sample Score Report

Understanding the PSAT 8/9 Results

Magnet Program Information

October2

Tuesday, September 5th students were presented information on all of the District’s magnet programs during an extended 1st Connections. Below are helpful links as students begin to submit their applications. The application opens October 1st and all academic applications must be submitted December 1st.

Magnet School Flyer

Important Magnet School Dates

Application Portal: Academic Magnets

Application Information for Pebblebrook

January 11th – 9:30 a.m. – Pebblebrook Informational for interested students in the School Counseling Conference Room

January 11th – 19th – Pebblebrook Applications due to Ms. Davis

January 25th – 9:30 a.m. – Pebblebrook Auditions (closed to auditioning students only)

Visit http://www.cobbk12.org/schools/magnet/ for more information on CCSD’s magnet programs or click on the quick links below.

CCCEPA Prospective Magnet Student Night

September22

The Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts Prospective Magnet Student Night is Friday, October 6, at 7:30PM at the Cobb Civic Center. 8th graders and their parents will be given free tickets to that evening’s ComPAny show. Just show up between 6:30PM – 7:00PM to pick up tickets. No reservations are required. The performance will be followed by a Q&A session and reception for 8th graders and their parents.

Advice for New Middle Schoolers

September14

I came across this article over the summer and recently shared it with other middle school counselors across the county. While I know your newly minted middle schooler is about a month into their new routine, I find the advice still very relevant.

The article is from Today.com: Have a Newly Minted Middle Schooler? 7 Tips to Share With Your Kids.

I’m finishing up my first classroom lesson to the 6th graders on Bully Prevention and the Power of the Bystander. One of the biggest take-aways I hope they get is who has the most power to prevent bullying. The answer is them! I explain to them that they are the ones who have the power to say “we will be kind to one another,” or “we will not tolerate hurtful behavior towards others.”

October 2 is Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention. Our Sources of Strength club will be encouraging all of the students to wear blue as a sign of bullying prevention and to sign the anti-bullying pledge during homeroom. We will also be hosting a Hat Day and all proceeds will go towards our Sources of Strength club.

I hope your 6th grader is settling into middle school with success. If there is anything I can help with please do not hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected]

Welcome to 6th Grade

August21

Greetings sixth-grade-parents. Now that you have a few weeks of living with your new middle-schooler under your belt I wanted to share a few tips on ways to help them have a successful year.

  1. Help them organize. Many sixth-graders struggle with juggling seven subjects worth of material. If they don’t do a folder clean-out nightly, have them do it at least weekly. In the beginning they are so frantic to get to their next class on time that papers often get shoved in the most convenient folder they can find. It’s a good idea for them to go through all of their folders at the end of the day and sort into the proper subjects. Your student should do this task on their own but they might need your guidance at first.
  2. Double check their agendas and compare to teacher blogs. I share with all of my new sixth-graders that they should get in the habit of checking their teacher blogs and agendas every evening. It’s not a bad idea to check behind them. Have your student show you that they know how to open their teacher blogs and then show you their agenda-it should match! Some kids are going to get the hang of using the agenda right away, others might need some reinforcement and reminders from you for a few more weeks.
  3. Have them study nightly. Students should review their notes every night. Ten minutes a night will help teach them proper study strategies and by the time the test rolls around they should be very familiar with the material. Help them play around with different study strategies-if just reading their notes isn’t proving successful try having them turn them into flash cards or a matching game. I love the website Quizlet as a way to study. Students can type in their notes and it can be turned into games or practice quizzes. Please don’t do it for them, the act of transferring their notes to the computer is a way of exposing them to the content.

I feel so fortunate to be the sixth-grade Professional School Counselor at Lovinggood. I really enjoy helping the students’ transition from elementary school to middle school. This year I’m equally excited to be working with an intern, Ms. Grace Pniewski. We will be supporting your student through classroom lessons, small groups and of course they are always welcome to set-up an appointment to see one, or both, of us. If there is anything we can help your student with, encourage them to come by or feel free to reach out to me. This is going to be a fantastic year!

8th Grade Math Tutoring

August16

All students are welcome to attend an 8:15 a.m. session offered by the teachers. Students do not need a pass. Below is the schedule:

Day Teacher Room
Monday Bullock 817
Tuesday Deloney 717
Wednesday Rogers 820
Thursday Tumbleston 818
Friday Hill 819

 

CogAT and IOWA Testing Dates

August14

September 15 – Cognitive Abilities Test

September 16-21 Iowa Assessment (IOWA)

DUKE TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search

August14

Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search helps academically talented students identify their strengths, develop their abilities and interests, and celebrate their achievements at a crucial time when they are forming their identities and looking ahead to the future. Participants learn about their strengths with an above-level test (either the ACT or SAT) and receive benefits like specialized publications and resources, educational guidance, recognition of their abilities, and academic challenges. Enrolling in the 7th Grade Talent Search is also the first step to attending TIP’s renowned online and face-to-face educational programs.

Students qualify for Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on an accepted grade-level standardized test. Enrollment is open from August 1, 2017 through April 30, 2019. Visit www.tip.duke.edu/enroll.

2017-2018 School Year Welcome

August13

Welcome to the Lovinggood’s School Counseling Department’s blog. Bookmark this page as there will be updates posted throughout the year. You may also choose to subscribe to our blog and receive notification of any updates.

This year we will provide you, minimally, with monthly updates to resources that may prove useful to the academic, career and social/emotional development of the middle school student. Feel free to contact us if you have questions.


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