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TRIBUNE Education Wednesday, January 7, 2004 Page 5 BETTER BOARD MEMBERS Year! stopping by dropping off scholarship and col- for me to complete. Aid night is scheduled for Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. in the WWG High School of seniors, as well as parents of any stu- to come. a comment another counselor made, I !Wou]dshare some information from the American Association about the role of school coun- week is the high school counselor. Next time I the role of an elementary counselor. Have an School Counselors? 'Today's young in an exciting time, with an increasingly mobile society, new technologies, and expanding To help ensure that they are prepared to : next generation of parents, workers, leaders, and student needs support, guidance, and oppor- adolescence, a time of rapid growth and face unique and diverse challenges, both and developmentally, that impact academic School Students' Developmental Needs. is the final transition into adulthood and the as students begin separating from parents and defining their independence. Students are they are, what they do well, and what they will graduate. During these adolescent years, stu- their strengths, skills and abilities. The their peer group. They are searching for and rely on peer acceptance and feedback. Increased pressures regarding risk behaviors alcohol and drugs while exploring the bound- acceptable behavior and mature, meaningful They need guidance in making concrete and s. They must deal with academic pres- high-stakes testing, the challenges of col- the scholarship and financial aid applica- Lad entrance into a competitive job market. Challenge. Secondary school counselors are educators with a mental health perspective who and respond to the challenges presented by student population. Secondary school court- Work in isolation; rather they are integral to the program. They provide proactive leader- all stakeholders in the delivery of pro- to help the student achieve success in school counselors align and work with aaiasion to support the academic achievement of prepare for the ever changing world of This mission is accomplished through the implementation and evaluation of a developmental and systematic school-coun- The ASCA National Standards in the aca- and personal/social domains are the founda- The-ASCA National Model: A Framework Programs (2), with it's data-driven focus serves as a guide for today's school is uniquely trained to implement this pro- School Counselors Implement the Program by Providing: Guidance •Academic skills support study and test-taking skills • Post-second- and application process "Career planning understanding self and others -Coping relationships and effective social skills problem-solving, decision-making, conflict study skills • Career awareness and the world abuse education -Multicultural/diversi- Student Planning - "Goal setting • Plans • Career plans • Problem solving 1 understanding of self, including strengths and ° Transition plans Services - "Individual and small-group Individual/family/school crisis intervention • Consultation/collabol, ation • Referrals SUpport - "Professional development collaboration and teaming -Program man- Operation are not intended to be all-inclusive• School Counselors Collaborate With: "Academic planning/support • Post-secondary search process • School-to- "School-to-work transition pro- parent conferencing • Referral process " "Academic Support services "Program plan- education program .Peer mediation program • Transition programs "Portfolio development, providing recommen- students with the post-secondary Process • Classroom guidance lessons on post-sec- study skills, career development, etc. transition programs •Academic support, assessment and education to help students • Classroom speakers .At-risk stu- and implementation of interventions to • - • School climate "Academic support Behavorial management plans • School-wide • Data sharing • Student assistance team • Job shadowing, worked-based learning, • Crisis interventions • Referrals • Career School Counselors? High school years are promise, excitement, frustration, disappoint- It is the time when students begin to discov- holds for them. Secondary school coun- the learning process and promote academic School counseling programs are essential for optimal personal growth, acquire posi- and values, set appropriate career goals and to become productive, con- world community. The professional holds a master's degree and required in school counseling. Maintaining certifi- professional development to stay reform and challenges facing Professional association membership is zt enhances the school counselor's knowledge Annual WWG Middle School Science Fair The annual 7th and 8th grade WWG Middle School Science Fair will be held Monday, January 12. Open house will be from 3:30 - 5 p.m. with the awards re- mony beginning at 4: p.m., Judges are still needed during the day for this event. Families Matter By Colleen Gengler, Family Relations Specialist U of M Extension Service For some people New Year's resolutions are a must. They set those for themselves every year. For other's, it's just not produc- tive. But, have you ever Chought of New Year's reso- lutions for your children? Obviously, your toddler isn't No experience or science going to declare one, but as a expertise is needed, just a parent you might concen- willingness to listen to the students as they explain their projects. If you would be interested in being a judge this year, please con- tact Garret or Gayle Bitker at 859-2885. If there is no answer, please leave a mes- sage. WWG School to present a High School Academic Fair On January 9, 2004, the WWG School will be pre- senting a High School Academic Fair from 5:00 pm until the start of the Varsity Girls basketball game. Located throughout the halls of school will be displays of work the students have accomplished during the first semester. Please come and appre- ciate the hard work our stu- dents do! Plum Creek Library System Bookmobile schedule January - May_ 2004 Tuesday: January'.13, February 10, March 9, April 6, May 4 Walnut Grove, City Hall, 9:30- 10:30 a.m. Revere, City Hall, 11:00 - 12:00 Sanborn, by Fire Hall, 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Wednesday: January 14, February 11, March 10, April 7, May 5 Delft, Main Street, 9:30 - 10:30 Jeffers, Senior Center, 11:00- 12:00 Storden, Civic Center, 1:00- 2:00 Ann Township, Old Westbrook Church, 2:30 - 3:30 Dovray, Post Office, 4:00 - 5:00 Tuesday: January 20, February 17, March 16,April 13, May 11 Avoca, Farmers Agency of Avoca, 11:00 - 12:00 Currie, Main Street, 1:30- 2:30 Tuesday: January 27, February 24, March 23, April 20, May 18 Iona, Community Center, 10:00- 11:00 Chandler, near school, 12:30- 1:30 Woodstock, Main St., 3:45 - 4:45 CLASSIFIED Avs WORK FOR You III I PEOPLE WHO READ NEWSPAPERS ARE It all starts wilh Newspapers trate on working with your toddler on some things. Take a look at this list, which comes from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It's a great reminder for parents as seen through the eyes of pediatri- cians. These are all "doable" resolutions. Infants and Toddlers: 1. I'll allow myself "tummy time" when I'm not sleeping on my back. 2. I won't ride in a car without being buckled into a car safety seat. 3. I will keep myself and the places where I live and play, clean. 4. I will ask my morn and dad to read to me every day. If I'm old enough, I will read to myself too. 5. I will brush my teeth twice a day, wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating and clean up my messes right away. 6. I won't tease the fam- ily dog or even a friendly dog and I will avoid being bitten by keeping my fingers and face away from his mouth. I like the way the Academy wrote these as coming from the perspective of the infant or toddler. If we think of it that way, it's an even greater incentive to work on these things, which take time and effort but are a huge part of bringing up kids. Here is the list for School Age Kids: 1 1 will drink milk and lots of it and limit soda pop and fruit drinks. 2. I will spend a couple of minutes every morning and afternoon applying sun- screen before I go outdoors. I will try to stay in the shade whenever possible and wear a hat and sunglasses espe- cially when I'm playing sports. 3. I will try to find a sport 0ike basketball or soc- cer) or an activity (like jump- ing rope, dancing, karate or riding my bike) that I like and do it at least three times a week! 4. I will always wear protective gear - especially a helmet- when cycling, scoot- ing, or blading. 5. I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car. I'll use a booster seat until I can correctly use a lap/shoul- der seat belt. 6. I'll be nice to other kids. It's easier and more fun than being mean, and I'll feel better about myself. 7. I'll never give out personal information such as my name, home address, school name or telephone number in an Internet chat room or on an Internet bul- letin board. Also, I'll never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without my par- ent's permission. 8. I will always ASK if there's a gun in the homes where I play. These are the preven- tion things parents and care- givers can do. Obesity, skin cancer, tooth decay, and a whole host of other things can be avoided or reduced in severity just through pre- vention. Next week, I will share the list for adolescents. Best wishes to you and your fam- ily this holiday season. This week, I'll share the list for adolescents. Of course last week's list is one that is really for par- ents and in some ways, sois the list below. But it also means modeling the behaviors you want for your children whether they are toddlers or teens. Tough Going This pint sized 4X4 found rough going at the end of a driveway southwest of Walnut Grove. The adolescent in your family is sure to point out when you don't do something you have just told them to do. Getting your adolescent to have good habits doesn't start when they turn 13, but has its roots in what has been going on in parenting all along• Setting the state in the home is really the key for this list for adolescents from the Academy. 1. I will eat at least one fruit and one vegetable everyday. 2. I will limit the amount of soda pop I drink. 3. I will take care of my body and seek my "highs" through sports, fit- ness and nutrition instead of through drugs and alco- hol. 4. I will choose non- violent TV shows and video games, and I will only spend one to two hours each day - AT THE MOST - on these activities. 5. I will check to see if I can give away any of my unwanted clothes and shoes to those in need. 6. I will wipe nega- tive "self talk" out of my vocabulary. That means things like "I can't do it" or "I'm so dumb•" 7. Whenever I am feeling angry or stressed out, I will take a break and look for constructive ways to feel better such as exer- cising, reading, listening to music, writing in a jour- nal or talking out my prob- lems with a parent or friend. I would add another one from the list for younger children: I will wear my seatbelt every time I get in a car. Plus, I would add this one as well; I will never get in a car as a passenger when the driv- er has been drinking. It's a tough list. But again, the stage is set at home for so many of the things that can be prevent- ed. We can't control our adolescent and the deci- sions they eventually make, but we can provide both material things like nutritious food and bever- ages as well as the guid- ance for good decision- making. Westbrook School Lunch Menu January 12-16 Breakfast: Monday: CPT, late start Tue.sday: Breakfast pizza, fruit, milk Wednesday: PB&J, fruit, milk Thursday: Sausage bis- cuit, fruit, milk Friday: Long John, yogurt, fruit, milk Lunch: Monday: Spaghetti, bread stick, carrots, green beans, fruit choice, pudding cup, sandwiches, milk Tuesday: Chicken fajitas, Spanish rice, corn, fruit choice, sandwiches, milk Wednesday: Chicken strips, cheesy potatoes, fruit choice, carrots, sandwiches, milk Thursday: Subs, chips, pickle spear, banana, car- rots, sandwiches, milk Friday: BBQ on bun, Jo Jo's, fruit choice, carrots frosted cake, sandwiches, milk Walnut Grove School i Breakfast and • Lunch menus January 12-16, 2004 : Breakfast: Monday: Long john, :: sausage, fruit, milk. Tuesday: Breakfast pizza, fruit, milk. Wednesday: Cinnamon tastries, sausage, fruit, milk. Thursday: Waffles, sausage, fruit, milk. Friday: Cereal w/ milk, toast, juice. Lunch: Monday: Hamburger or cheeseburger on bun, tater tots, baked beans, peaches, milk. Tuesday: Italian dunkers, B/B, corn, jello, fruit mix, milk. Wednesday: Scalloped potatoes & ham, B/B, green beans, ice cream, apple sauce, milk. Thursday: Pizza, B/B, fresh veggies & dip, apple .... treat, milk. Friday: Tuna hot dish, B/B, lettuce salad, *Chef's, 5-8, cake, pears, milk. c Madson Benefit SUNDAY, JANUARY 11 the Westbrook [i Walnut Grove Schools will host a benefit breakfast [i and raffle for Jordan Madson who was seriously [7 injured in an accident this fall. This event will take [] i place in the Westbrook School Cafeteria from [i 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This fund raiser will help to pay for the many Ongoing medical expenses as Jordan continues his rehabilitation. Contact Bill Richards or Lynn Arndt at 507-274-6111 if you would like to [-] help or make a donation. Checks should be [7 made out to the Jordan Madson Benefit C/O Bank Midwest in Westbrook FI DI El ,' , i:? ¸¸