Ms. Jennifer Dyer » Guidance Counselor

Guidance Counselor

What Does the Guidance Program do?

The guidance program is designed to focus on improving school climate and increasing academic performance.

School wide programs include focus on bullying prevention, kindness promotion,tolerance self-esteem, peer pressure and respect.

Grade level classroom presentations
focus on Career Development, decision making, Personal and social skills as well as academic success.


For Students:
Students may see the counselor in small groups or individually. The counselor can assist with a variety of concerns or issues including:
Friendship
Problem solving
Parent Divorce/ Separation
Grief/ Loss
Crisis Intervention
 

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5th and 6th grade

WE MADE IT THROUGH OUR PUBERTY LESSON!!!! All students were accounted for after and were still upright and breathing. You probably heard that they were quite anxious about our discussion. However, on a serious note they did amazing and asked good questions. 

5th grade

WE MADE IT THROUGH OUR PUBERTY LESSON!!!! All students were accounted for after and were still upright and breathing. You probably heard that they were quite anxious about our discussion. However, on a serious note they did amazing and asked good questions. 

Middle school

As we hit the down hill slope towards the end of the year the 8th graders and i will discuss sexual health. I know , I know ... you read that and cringed! But it's not as bad as you or they might think. Over the next ten weeks we will cover:
Communication,  Goal setting ,    Healthy Relationships  , Pregnancy Prevention
STDs  , Risk and Risk avoidance,   Impacts of Pregnancy and STDs   and Making a plan to stay safe and healthy.
 
Now your children will share with you that one of the ground rules in this unit is that we have to use the anatomical names for body parts. Also, that i always encourage them to talk with someone at home about these classes as well. BUT... we all know that, thats easier said than done. 
 
Feel free to reach out with questions or concerns... or even tips on how to talk to your child about this topic. 
:)

8th grade health curriculum

As we hit the down hill slope towards the end of the year the 8th graders and i will discuss sexual health. I know , I know ... you read that and cringed! But its not as bad as you or they might think. Over the next ten weeks we will cover:
Communication  Goal setting     Healthy Relationships   Pregnancy Prevention
STDs    Risk and Risk avoidance   Impacts of Pregnancy and STDs   and Making a plan
 
Now your children will share with you that one of the ground rules in this unit is that we have to use the anatomical names for body parts. Also, that i always encourage them to talk with someone at home about these classes as well. BUT... we all know that, thats easier said than done. 
 
Feel free to reach out with questions or concerns... or even tips on how to talk to your child about this topic. 
:)
 

Spring 2021

We made it! We have come so far this year with all of our challenges. It's been a busy year and we are not ready to say goodbye quite yet. We still have some super important learning left to do on our count down. 
Give your student and yourself a pat on the back and a few more " you got this " pep talks. 
 

Fall 2020

As we try to be prepared for the start of fall 2020 school year, I for one am full of all kinds of emotions. I am convinced that there are many of you out there reading this that share that same sentiment. It's ok to be nervous because this is a new beginning for us all, we will all be learning new ways of doing things at school that we haven't encountered before. There will be changes and things will feel out of sorts until we all adjust. Which will take time, they say it takes 6-8 weeks to get into new routines, so it's ok if it takes us all a bit of time as well. I do, however, feel confident that we will do just that...ADJUST and settle into our new normal. 
As the school counselor, I will be doing my best to support our students in this transition. Reassuring them that they are loved, cared for and that they will be just fine. 
As a fellow parent, I would like to invite you to help encourage your child to keep an open mind about the new way of things we will do in school (even if we have to "fake- it- til- we- make- it "on this one for a while... :) because I know moms and dads will be nervous too. ). The more support that the adults give and role model for our students, the easier it will be for them to settle in and begin to feel more comfortable with our daily routines. 
Ok, Bear family.. I am here for you if you need me. Reach out via email or call the office if you would like to touch base. 
Love Always, 
Ms. Dyer

Welcome to winter!

We all start to feel a little bogged down this time of year and kids are no exception. We need sunlight and outside play, both things that can be hard to manage with the cold weather. The good news is , we are on the downhill side of this season and hopefully we will be celebrating spring time before we know it. But to help get us through the next few months, try to take time to do somethings that make you feel happiness. Like playing board games as a family, taking a nice outside walk (weather permitting), have dinner together and check in at night with family members, anything that makes you smile. 
Don't forget to try to keep yourself and family healthy, illness can make it harder to stay positive. 

K-2

We are working on everyday skills and social issues in K-2 , sometimes it feels like we are all over the place with our time together. However, In reflection after our classes i know that they are hearing some of what we are discussing and we will keep building on it piece by piece.

Third and Fourth grade

The 3/4 class and I are reading  a book together. As we cover other topics during their work time i read to them. This book is about how we all learn in our own way, some of us learn easily and others of us struggle to find the tricks and tips we need. They really seem to enjoy our read aloud time.
 

6th and 7th grade

We have spent a few weeks discussing and researching mental health in our classes. We have had really good discussions about mental health disorders and symptoms. They have been given information about how to see mental health in a different lens ( i hope). 
 

Welcome back 2018-2019

As we begin this school year students will be talking with me about mindfulness.
A quick explanation about what mindfulness is :  is defined as moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, characterized mainly by "acceptance" - attention to thoughts and feelings without judging whether they are right or wrong.
 
From kindergarten to 8th grade this will be how we start our year. This will most likely also be something we visit throughout our year. 
If you would like resources or book titles please let me know:)
 

SMHS step up day date

SMHS step up day this year will be on 5-25-18 from 8-11 am. There will be more information sent home as this gets closer. 
 

Never too soon to discover jobs you like...

The lower grades have begun their career unit. I would love to encourage family discussions about careers that parents or guardians do. Things to share might include tools used for that job, locations you work and if you have to wear special clothing. 
 
 

College and Careers

5th and 8th grade have started their information gathering on Colleges. They will be researching and comparing three colleges and choosing one for a Pennant Project. 
 
The last topic of our year will be Careers. 

5th grade Puberty lesson

5th grade parents be on the look out for information regarding a lesson on puberty for 5th grade on 5/14!
Please don't hesitate to call or email with questions. 
Jenn