Welcome to the School Counselor's Webpage!
Race and Equity - Resources for Families
- George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we Tell Our Children?
- Talking About Race
- Your Kids Aren't Too Young To Talk About Race - Resource Roundup
- Talking to Children After Racial Incidents
- Resources for Talking About Race, Racism and Racialized Violence With Kids
- Talking to Kids About Race
- How to Raise Anti-Racist Kids: 20 Resources for Parents
- A Look at Implicit Bias and Microaggressions
- 21 Anti-Racism Videos to Share with Kids
- The Purpose and Power of Protest - ADL
- Something Happened In Our Town - Read Aloud
- A Kids Book About Racism - Read Aloud
- Let's Talk About Race
- How To Talk To Kids About Race
- Animation Series: A is for Activist - Read Aloud
- W. Kamau Bell On Being Black In America
- Caged Bird - Maya Angelou
- Not My Idea - A Book About Whiteness - Read Aloud
- Mama Did You Hear the News? - Read Aloud
- CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall on Racism
- The Breaking News - Read Aloud
- Juneteenth for Mazie - Read Aloud
- The Youngest Marcher - Read Aloud
- Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights - Read Aloud
- All Are Welcome Here - Read Aloud
- We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices - Edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
- Stages in Children's Development of Racial/Cultural Identity and Attitudes
- Becoming Anti-Racist
- Aspen Parent Portal
- Access your child's academic data.
- ParenTeen Connect
- Parent Teen Connect is a free resource from the Committee for Children. It is designed by social-emotional learning experts as an at-home, family-engagement resource. This online experience is loaded with videos, resources, and useful advice to help teens and the adults in their lives address hot-button topics. The site complements the Second Step® Middle School Program both as a stand-alone parent resource and in connection with Middle School Program classroom activities.
- Character Lab
- Character Lab is a non profit organization that discovers and promotes conditions that promote children's social, emotional, academic and physical well being.
- The Family Dinner Project
- The Family Dinner Project, a nonprofit initiative started in 2010, champions family dinner as an opportunity for family members to connect with each other through food, fun and conversation about things that matter. Read more about The Family Dinner Project here.
- Center for Parent and Teen Communication
- CPTC offers practical, science-based strategies for strengthening family connections and building youth prepared to thrive.
- Child Mind
- The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.
- Parent Support Centers
- The Parent Support Center works in collaboration with the CPS staff members across the district, including network chiefs and leadership, to ensure all CPS families have equitable access to high-quality services and resources.
- Centervention - Social Skills Resources for Parents
- According to research funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, social and emotional competence is one of the most important predictors of success in life. This site provides articles regarding social and emotional learning and resources to support your child's development of social skills.
- Kids for Peace - Uplifting Our World Through Love and Action
- This site offers many different activities for children and families to take part in during our current quarantine and throughout the year.
- Action for Happiness
- Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society.
- Coping Skills for Kids - Calming Anxiety
- Kid tested strategies used by child therapists for calming anxiety, including ideas to calm down, books to read and videos that can help.
- Coping Skills for Kids - Managing Anger
- Kid-friendly coping skills used to help manage anger, including safe ways to express anger, books to read and videos that can help.
- Second Step Lessons - Support during COVID-19 Remote Learning
Social & Emotional Resources for Students
Bedtime FM: Peace Out: Stories for calming down and relaxation.
Virtual Calming Room: A resource for students and families that supports mindfulness and meditation.
Dove Self-Esteem Project Calendar: This thirty-one day calendar is designed to help build body confidence and self-esteem by increasing student knowledge and skills related to health and wellness through the lens of body image and acceptance. Under the guidance of educators, parents, or adult caregivers, we encourage you to use this calendar as a tool to engage students in conversations about confidence and self-esteem as activities within their daily learning
CNN/Sesame Street Coronavirus Town Hall: Doctors answer questions from kids with the help of our friends from Sesame Street.
Hawthorne Connections - Referrals
- In our history books we read about historical events all the time. Imagine what is currently happening in the world around us - WE are a part of history! This is your opportunity to be a recorder of history and share what is happening around you. Journaling can also be a great way to process some of the feelings you might be experiencing. This journal is something that we can share with generations to come.
Mental Health Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1- 800-273-TALK (8255)
Text "HOME" from anywhere in the U.S. to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis support from a trained Crisis Counselor.
NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.
This MHA site provides resources and tools to support your mental health.
Mental health resources for parents and families (ie. videos, blogs, webinars, podcasts, quizzes, etc).
**Please don't hesitate to reach out. I am here to support you.**
Navinace for Middle School
- Complete the Career Cluster finder
- Complete the GoCPS Introduction Survey
- Update: Complete High School and Post Secondary Knowledge
- Use this link to access the PowerPoint you will need to review to answer these questions.
- Complete the Career Cluster Finder
- Add at least 3 Career Clusters to your favorite Career Cluster List
- Complete the High School Exploration Survey
- Update: 7th Grade Reflection
- Use this link to access the GoCPS PowerPoint that provides information regarding the GoCPS high school application system. If you have questions regarding this information please reach out to me.
- You will be asked for your GoCPS activation code which you'll be provided at the end of the school year.
- Complete the High School Success Survey
- Practice using the College Search tool
- Directions: on Naviance go to "College Home" - Under "Find Your Fit" click on "Advanced Search" - You can filter by Types, Locations, Students, Admissions, etc. (This might be a great tool to explore with your parents as well)
- Update: Complete Career Exploration
- You will need to select one of the videos from Road Trip Nation which is located in Naviance. Road Trip Nation can be found under the "Career" tab at the top right of the screen.
High School Planning
Shadow Days for GROWCommunity High Schools:
- Amundsen High School welcomes current 8th graders, and will be getting their calendar up shortly. Click here to learn more about Shadow Days as a Viking.
- Lake View High School invites 7th or 8th graders to jump into the classroom with students. Click here for a list of Shadow Day sign-ups.