Savage Counseling

ATTENTION! Exciting news happening over here in our counseling department! Check out our brand new website with tons of resources for you and your family! https://sites.google.com/sylvan.k12.ca.us/savagecounselorconnection/home

Welcome Back!!

Although this school year isn't starting off the way we expected it to, there are many people here to help you along this Distance Learning journey!

Remember to use our self-referral form if you'd like to talk to a counselor. Self-Referral Form: https://goo.gl/forms/gZ21noF4dX5C4Byw1

Mrs. Collins (7th & 8th grade) - ecollins@sylvan.k12.ca.us

Mrs. Sousa (6th grade) - jsousa@sylvan.k12.ca.us

Make sure to check your email daily! There you will find emails from your teachers or counselors with important information! Set a reminder on your Google Calendar or your phone to remind you to check it daily!

Understanding Social Isolation - What is it?

Social isolation is a difficult thing some of us have been struggling with during distance learning. The video to the left is a great way to learn more about what social isolation is, what it looks and feels like. If you have some time today, watch the video, it might help you recognize some feelings you might be having.

Normally, school is a place we learn and grow, but also a place where we develop socially by interacting with our teachers and friends. If you or someone you know is struggling, reach out to one of our school counselors who are here to help you.


Aeries Introduction

Need Help Logging Into Aeries?

Follow the steps in the slide show to the left to help you on your way.


Benefits of getting your Aeries setup:

View your classes

Check your Grades

Stay up-to-date on missing assignments

Moving On Up Middle School

Attention Incoming 6th Graders for the 2020/21 School Year!!!

<-- Be sure to check out this slideshow we counselors have put together giving you some information on what to expect as a 6th grader :)

The following are some useful resources for our families in crisis. Our counselors have additional resources for specific needs. Please, reach out via email if you would like additional support.

  • United Way provides the 2-1-1 number for local community services such as rent and mortgage assistance, food and shelter, transportation, child care and much more.

  • Stanislaus County Warm Line (209) 558-4600. This is a non-crisis intervention, offering peer support, referrals, and shared experiences of hope and recovery.

  • Suicide Hot Line 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-SUICIDE

  • The Trevor Project - LGBTQ youth - 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678

Our New "Normal"

We are here for you even in the midst of this new and uncharted territory. If you need someone to talk to, contact your counselor by email and we will get back to you as soon as we are available.

Please check back often, as our counselors will continue to add new material and information regarding coping strategies and ways to stay healthy at home.

We've found this awesome link Mental Health During Covid-19 that has great information, resources and activities on:

  • Helping kids cope

  • Talking to your kids about COVID-19

  • Coping exercises for kids, teens and adults

  • Noticing Signs of Stress

  • Family Activities

Also, check out this video for more information and an easy to understand explanation of COVID-19 - BrainPop - COVID-19

REQUESTING COUNSELING SERVICES

[[FOR STUDENTS]]

Counselors help students gain the self-knowledge necessary to become independent and responsible decision-makers, as well as promote high academic achievement, good citizenship and a positive school climate. If you feel like you are struggling in any of the following:

  • Academics

  • Assistance with Transitioning into Middle School

  • Conflict Management

  • Crisis

  • Social or Emotional Issues

Please contact our counselors by filling out and submitting the following:

*** Self-Referral Form: https://goo.gl/forms/gZ21noF4dX5C4Byw1

QUICK TIP --> After opening up the Referral Form, you can Bookmark it to your Toolbar for easy access!!

As a parent/guardian you may also email our counselors to request or inform the school of any concerns you would like them to address with your child. (See "teacher contacts" tab for emails).

Internet Safety &

Your Digital Footprint

Being Smart Online

Rule 1: Check your mood! Are you feeling upset or angry? Then it's not the time to be messaging or posting on a social media site. People don't always make good decisions or think straight when they're stressed out or upset. If you have to, call someone or go for a run instead before you start venting online.

Rule 2: When you're on a website, try to remain as anonymous as possible. That means keeping all private information private. Private information that you should never allow the public to see includes:

  • your full name

  • any type of photograph (even of your pet!)

  • your current location (some phones have automatic GPS apps built in that may need to be turned off)

  • home or school address or the address of any of your family or friends

  • phone numbers

  • passwords

Rule 3: If you ever get involved in any messaging or online chats that make you feel uncomfortable or in danger for any reason, exit and tell a parent or other adult right away so they can report it. You also can report it to the website of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children — they have a form for reporting this type of incident called CyberTipline. They'll make sure the info is forwarded to law enforcement officials for investigation.

Rule 4: When you're out and about with your devices, keep them secure. Don't let other people use your phone unless you're with them. Don't leave your phone where someone else might pick it up, and turn your laptop or tablet off when you're not using it. Don't make it easy for other people to get a look at your personal information.

Rule 5: Finally, remember that any pictures or text messages that you send could be leaked as soon as you hit send. Think about whether the words you've written or the pictures you're about to share are ones that you would want other people reading or seeing. A good rule is that if you wouldn't want your grandmother to see it or read it, you probably shouldn't send it or post it.

Reference: https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/internet-safety.html

KindnessWorks.pdf

Be Kind & Resilient!

“Resilience is the ability to find the inner strength to bounce back from a set-back or challenge." -- unknown

Build Resilience by doing some of the following!

  • Inspire Positive Emotions - think positive, stay positive!

  • Find Social Support - talk to your friends, family, teachers or counselors

  • Find an Area of Interest - do something positive you love to do

  • Mindfulness - exercise, use breathing techniques

  • Use Problem Solving Skills - weigh all options and make an informed decision

  • Stay Future Oriented - focus on the goals you have for yourself

  • Be a Leader - take action and be an Upstander

Bullying Concerns:

The Board of Trustees recognizes the harmful effects of bullying on student learning and school attendance and desires to provide safe school environments that protect students from physical and emotional harm. District employees shall establish student safety as a high priority and shall not tolerate bullying of any student. No student or group of students shall, through physical, written, verbal, or other means, harass, sexually harass, threaten, intimidate, cyberbully, cause bodily injury to, or commit hate violence against any other student or school personnel.

Resources:

KCRA website and resources

Additional District related documents and information below.

SUSD Belief Statement: Bullying

Board Policy

Complaint Form


Savage Parent Night - May 16, 2019

In Case You Missed It!

Attached is information from our Parent Night on May 16th. This presentation provides information to parents of 6th graders about the 2019-2020 school year.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact our office for assistance.