The school counseling program at Poplar Middle School is designed to provide assistance to address immediate needs of students. Opportunities for ALL STUDENTS to develop physical/emotional health and positive communication skills are emphasized as well as the development of positive study skills (including cyber citizenship) and career exploration. The goal is to help ensure that students proceed through school better prepared to pursue their goals upon graduation.
Developing knowledge and skills in the areas of social/emotional learning, study skills and career education.
Setting personal goals, charting the possibilities, and then taking steps to achieve those goals.
YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION WEEK
APRIL 12-16, 2021
National Youth Violence Prevention Week is about highlighting activities and projects that promote kindness and respect, inclusiveness, and the value of looking out for one another to help make our schools and communities safer for everyone.
WHERE ARE YOU ON THE ASSERTIVENESS SCALE?
If we are too passive, we tend to carry around our hurt feelings. If we are too aggressive, we intensify angry feelings that can get out of hand. Assertiveness is about calmly and confidently speaking up for ourselves in a way that helps in our dealings with other people and ability to effectively solve problems.
POWER UP SPEAK OUT
Power Up Speak Out is a program developed in Montana that helps middle school students think critically about healthy relationships, power dynamics, boundaries and consent. Instead of focusing on what not to do, these lessons are about what to do.
STUDY HABITS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Is procrastination holding you back? Learn to use the Pomodoro technique to put an end to putting things off.
DEVELOPMENT WEEK NOV 16-20, 2020
Celebrate National Career Development Week by writing an original poem or creating a poster. This year's theme is "My Future Career: Imagine the Possibilities!" Click the link below for more details and check out last year's winners.
A quality education is key in having the power to choose the kind of life you want to lead. Use the Reality Check activity to see what occupations can likely support your chosen lifestyle -OR- see what kind of lifestyle your chosen occupation is likely to support.
RED RIBBON WEEK
OCTOBER 23-26, 2020
Red Ribbon Week is an annual event held each October to increase awareness for substance abuse prevention as well as to promote physical and emotional health.
BE DRUG FREE
Choosing to stay drug free results in improved relationships, more success in achieving your goals, and more time to enjoy your life. Putting your commitment in writing, reading it everyday, and sharing it with the people who care about you can help you keep the commitment over time.
A Message from the School Counselor
I would like to extend a heartfelt invitation to encourage all students and parents to utilize services made available through the school counseling program at Poplar Middle School.
Areas in which the school counseling program may be especially helpful to you and your child include 1) personal and social issues, 2) academic concerns and study skills, and 3) goal setting and career exploration in preparation for high school.
Throughout the year I facilitate a variety of activities to support school counseling program objectives. I maintain a webpage devoted to providing easily accessible and up-to-date school counseling related information.
I enthusiastically look forward to working with you and your child to help ensure that his or her experience at Poplar Middle School is a successful and positive one.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at 768-6762 or for more information. --Laura Lake