Livingston Public Schools Presents: 6th to 7th Grade Transition Night for All Parents

May 24th
6th to 7th Grade Transition Night for All Parents
7:30 p.m.
Heritage Middle School

 

Focus on Social Emotional Learning

The Departments of Special Education and School Counseling have been very busy! Livingston elementary school counselors have been focusing their work with students on “Mindfulness”. In order to increase student focus and awareness of their actions as well as physiological responses to emotions, students participate in lessons on mindful listening and mindful bodies with the school counselors. Additionally, students are creating “mindful glitter jars” to help calm their sometimes scattered or frustrated selves. To learn the importance of being more mindful in their everyday lives, students are reading important books, including Moody Cow Meditates by Kerry Lee MacLean, Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer, and Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids by Whitney Stewart and Sally Rippin. Through lessons geared toward social and emotional competencies, elementary school counselors are covering topics on selfawareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making. At Mount Pleasant Middle School and Heritage Middle School, school counselors have been facilitating groups with students, such as New Student and Adjusting to Middle School. These groups help provide them with information they need to be successful while serving as a tool to orient students. Advisory lessons in both MPM and HMS focus on social and emotional learning and growth for all students. Additionally, classroom lessons at both MPM and HMS concentrate on career and interest exploration. Furthermore, HMS school counselors direct their lessons to tie together multiple intelligences, learning styles and the 8th Grade Tour of Livingston High School and student course choices. Please visit our school counseling webpage for more important information. The Livingston High School counselors continue the work to support social and emotional well-being for students with a focused and clearly articulated continuum of supports. School counselors meet with students individually when they are having difficulties, feeling stressed, or in times of crisis. They infuse social and emotional learning into all meetings with students, in addition to their scheduling and postsecondary planning meetings. In freshman groups, the focus is on transition and ensuring that students are acclimating well to their new environment at LHS. The school counselors discuss the many resources available for support, such as the writing/math lab, Organization of Student Tutors (OST), school counselor, and extra help meetings with the teacher, in addition to discussing the importance of a overall healthy balance. It is extremely important that students are maintaining a balanced academic and extracurricular schedule to ensure that they are prioritizing their well-being and health. Conversations about the importance of balance and well-being is incorporated into post-secondary planning and scheduling meetings. School counselors support students as they work to identify their academic and personal goals while choosing courses and learning opportunities that are consistent with their interests and strengths. In addition, school counselors encourage students to challenge themselves and take a rigorous program of study while exploring and reminding students of the importance of balance. For students who are experiencing further difficulty in managing the social and emotional demands of their age, their stage, and/or their grade level, our district offers additional supports from multiple sources. All schools in Livingston are supported by Child Study Teams who are charged with identifying and supporting students with disabilities including those with social and/or emotional disabilities. For the past four years our district has supported a very strong K-12 intensive school counseling program called L.I.N.K.S. (Linking Individual Needs of Kids for Success) and E.S.S. (Effective School Solutions for 9-12 students) within which identified students can receive a more intensive level of counseling support within their school day. Families may also be supported through the L.I.N.K.S. and E.S.S. programs. We now have three S.A.C.’s (Student Assistance Counselors) who serve to support our at-risk students specifically within the frame of substance use/abuse and mental health. All of these counseling professionals are deeply involved in the training of our staff and are available on a full time basis in our schools to support the faculty as they meet the needs of each of our students. If your child is struggling with any issues relating to mental health, social and/or emotional development, or in adjusting to school, please reach out to your school’s administration or a school counselor to receive assistance. We wish you a New Year full of peace, kindness, and mindful reflection!

Thu, May 24
7:30 pm — 8:30 pm
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May 24th
6th to 7th Grade Transition Night for All Parents
7:30 p.m.
Heritage Middle School

Focus on Social Emotional Learning

The Departments of Special Education and School Counseling have been very busy! Livingston elementary school counselors have been focusing their work with students on “Mindfulness”. In order to increase student focus and awareness of their ...

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