Counseling Department Newsletters
Newsletter - April 2023
Department Updates, News and Notes
The Counseling Department welcomes Mrs. Lori Svenson as our new Jr./Sr. High school counselor.
This month we will focus on mental health awareness and informing students of the various signs, symptoms, and coping strategies associated with various disorders. Our 6th grade students will be shadowing 7th-grade students. Our seniors are exploring career opportunities at the Seneca-Allegany Casino and Resort.
A reminder that scholarships are listed on this website. Click on the Scholarship Application link!
Newsletter - November 2022
Department Updates, News and Notes
The Counseling Department welcomes Ms. Kara Johnson, our new district social worker! In the elementary school, we are working towards broadening emotional vocabulary and awareness in CCC (Character, Coping and Careers) curriculum. Meanwhile, the high school students have been focusing on college and career awareness through "College Talks", college visits, and soon they will be taking career field trips.
Newsletter - October 2022
Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week
The Counseling Department’s Monthly newsletter is here! This week is Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week and we are teaching our students how to handle and manage disrespectful behavior. We also introduce our new CASS (Creating a Safer School) mentors and we will celebrate them at an assembly on Friday.
Newsletter - May 2022
College and Career Week
We are happy to once again host College and Career Week at PV! We have theme days and a career fair to encourage students to think ahead and explore their college and career opportunities! Our newsletter include a list of professionals who will be at our career fair on Wednesday, May 18th.
Newsletter- April 2022
Why is School Attendance Important? The Effects of Chronic Absenteeism
Chronic absenteeism is a national crisis that is seen throughout our schools. Many factors have contributed to the rise in students having inconsistent attendance. We offer facts, tips and strategies for parents to encourage their children to show up each day. Pine Valley is committed to getting our students to school on a consistent basis and to recognizing those with strong and consistent attendance.
Newsletter - March 2022
How to Talk with Your Child About the War in Ukraine
If you are a parent, guardian, teacher or educator, you may ask yourself: Should I talk to kids about stressful world events? In these times, it can be hard to know whether to discuss these issues with our children, and if we do, how should we go about doing it?
As world challenges and crises continue to make the nightly news, we need to have a plan for how to have open and honest discussions with our kids so they can grow up as informed and resilient human beings. Included in our newsletter are some ideas for engaging in conversations about the Ukraine invasion with your kids, and how to tailor those discussions based on age and developmental level.
Newsletter - February 2022
Steps to Work Through Conflict Resolution
We all have conflicts every day. We can have disagreements with any number of people. How we handle the conflict can directly affect our relationship with them. Read our article to learn some tips to resolve conflicts.
Newsletter - December 2021
What is Selflessness?
In the spirit of the holiday season, we discuss how to teach children how to give back to others and to be grateful for what we do have. Being a model of generosity and kindness is vital to helping kids internalize those values.
Newsletter - November 2021
What is Self-Care?
In the midst of a health pandemic and with the holidays fast approaching, we must make the time to take care of ourselves, mentally and physically. Self-Care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, during periods of stress. This month's article reviews the benefits of self-care as well as ideas for practicing self-care that can improve our mood, decrease stress and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Newsletter - October 2021
Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying
How can you tell the difference between rude behaviors, mean behaviors and bullying? We define each and help you distinguish the differences. Knowing the difference is important so we all know what to pay attention to and when to intervene.