Thursday, November 21, 2013

As part of our third grad Guidance classes we have been visiting about belonging as part of the curriculum.  It reflects back to the "Circle of Courage".  As part of belonging we discuss how our families are important, and how we all interact with one another and get along with each family member.  We also discuss how we all have certain things we can do as part of the family unit.  They drew pictures of their family and also wrote about their family.  They focus on how their family members are different or alike, and the unique things about their family they feel are important.  They then have a chance to discuss their pictures and tell about their families if they choose.  This is a very fun activity for the students and gives them a chance to not only talk about their own family, but learn from others about their families.

Monday, October 28, 2013


      In Guidance we have been discussing staying safe in public.  Part of what we visit about is called "Scoops".  This curriculum teaches students how to be safe when they are away from home.  The Scoops curriculum helps children understand the importance of being aware of their surroundings, and people they come in contact with.  It's focus is knowing that most individuals are nice, but some are not.  As part of the lesson we read together a book entitled "Scoop" written by Julia Cook.  We discuss the five safety rules that give students strategies and knowledge about staying safe.  Our first and second grade students are given a worksheet of the Scoop rules to take home with them so they can visit with their parents or guardian about what Scoop is.          

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Red Ribbon Week

"Red Ribbon Week" is approaching.  During the week students learn the negative effects drugs of all kinds have on the body.  It is also a time for the Intermediate and Primary building students, as well as all staff members, to have fun each day dressing to a theme of the day against drugs.

  Red Ribbon Week
October 28-November 1

The Intermediate and Primary buildings will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 28-November 1.

During Red Ribbon Week we encourage students and staff to wear clothing for the theme of the day.  This years themes are as follows.

Monday Oct. 28th- Team up on drugs. Wear clothing such as jerseys of your favorite sports team.
Tuesday Oct. 29th- Round up on drugs. Wear western or country clothing.
Wednesday Oct. 30- Sock it to drugs. Wear crazy socks to school.
Thursday Oct. 31- Put a scare on drugs. Wear Halloween costumes according to teachers agenda for Halloween.
Friday Nov. 1-Cardinal Red Day. Wear Chadron Cardinal clothing or other red clothing in honor of Red Ribbon Week.

Monday, September 30, 2013

All students have to learn to deal with conflict or disagreement. "Kelso's Choices" gives students different avenues for success in solving issues they may have.  We read stories from "Willow Pond" of how Kelso the frog helps others that live in the pond solve problems.  Students learn strategies of how to handle small problems, but also they may need an adult they trust to help them with larger more difficult problems.  Kindergartners also are given a color book with the choices in them to take home and share with their family.    

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Circle of Courage

The past two weeks in guidance classes at the intermediate school grades 3 and 4, the students have been learning and discussing the Circle of Courage.  The model is divided into quadrants, like the medicine wheel, and depicts the sacredness of the circle to Native Americans and the interconnectedness of life.  Each quadrant stands for a central value-belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

School Refusal


School refusal behavior refers to a child-motivated refusal to attend school and/or difficulty remaining in classes for an entire day.  The problem includes youth with lengthy absences from school, youth who skip classes during the day, youth who are chronically late to school, youth who show misbehaviors in the morning in an attempt to miss school, and youth who may attend school but do so with great dread and distress.  Many youth demonstrate some aspect of school refusal behavior, making it one of the most common childhood behavior problems.  It is estimated that anywhere from 5-28% of children will exhibit some form of school refusal.  Untreated, a child with school refusal will likely fall behind academically and be at risk for long term mental health concerns.  In addition, extended school refusal behavior can lead to serious short-term and long-term consequences; these consequences include academic problems, social alienation, family conflict and stress, school dropout, delinquency, and occupational and marital problems in adulthood.

Monday, September 16, 2013

2013-2014 School Year at a start

      We have had a great start this year.  Students are settled in and ready to learn.  In counseling we started off discussing feelings.  Students discuss how they felt the first day of school.  Students are usually very happy to be back at school mainly because they are reunited with their friends.  For some they may feel nervous, anxious, or sad to be back.  It is a good time to visit about these feelings as a class.  It helps students to realize there are others who may be feeling the same way, especially for those who are in Chadron for their first year.  We also discuss how important it is to understand our different feelings, and learn strategies of how to deal with those feelings. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sharing Chains

Third grade students completed a unit on sharing and cooperation.  Each student was given strips of paper  and on the paper strips they wrote things they share with others.  They then glued the strips of paper into a chain.  The students found they used cooperation skills and strategies to glue all of the chain together as a classroom without having to disassemble a link to get it all together.  As students worked together you could see the cooperation taking place, and the sharing involved in the project.