Counselors at Roosevelt and Edison Intermediate Schools in Westfield began the school year providing resources to parents in a variety of ways.
On September 24, Roosevelt (RIS) hosted Coffee with the Counselors, attended by more than 50 parents of sixth, seventh and eighth graders at the school. Counselors Kim Schumacher (pictured here), Stephanie Thompson and Christine Trottere offered practical suggestions for parents to help their children cope with stress. This is the first in a series of topics that will be offered throughout the year.
“The information we give them is so conducive to middle schoolers,” stated RIS Principal Stewart Carey.
Resources provided at the Coffee are posted on the RIS Counseling web site for reference by all parents, including those who were unable to attend.
At Edison Intermediate School (EIS), counselors include “What’s Trending in the Counselor’s Office” – helpful tips for parents – into the PTSO newsletter.
For summer reading every EIS student -- including the incoming sixth graders -- was given a copy of “Wonder,” a book emphasizing kindness, to take home to read and share with family. This fall, each student is part of a team building advisory group which meets once a month to discuss the book’s intent.
“The primary function of middle school is to develop academic and affective selves, and the services provided by our counseling department and character development program are instrumental in developing the whole child,” remarked EIS Principal Matthew Bolton.