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Cyber High is starting tomorrow September 16.

Students who need to take a class for credit recovery need to talk to a counselor to get signed up. Cyber High is only for credit recovery in required courses for juniors and seniors.  A teacher is available for supervision and assistance after school.

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Wellness Center: “Listening Campaign” Results

We’ve been doing a little “listening campaign” in wellness to understand what adolescents most need from parents and the other adults in their lives. We didn’t expect the answers to be so similar and resounding. In a word, they want the thing we all want, active listening.

The features of active listening include: open curiosity; non-judgment; feedback to reflect understanding; questioning whether the speaker would like advice. We all know how it feels when the person we’re speaking with is waiting their turn to speak instead of really listening. We’re a bit less aware when we’re the ones listening without curiosity and when we’re directing the conversation toward our own agenda.

Try a little exercise with a friend of family member where you each take two minutes to answer a prompt (try “what’s in your heart?” or “what’s really been on your mind lately?”) No interruptions, no feedback. See how it feels and you’ll have a great sense for how you can immediately improve how you’re supporting your teen.

 

 

Allen Choi, Wellness Coordinator (ext. 7150)
Casey Sasner, Intake Specialist (ext. 7136)

 

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College Apps and Post-High School Planning

Counselors visited seniors in their government classes last week to talk about post-high school planning and next steps on college apps. We will be meeting with seniors individually throughout the month of September and early October. Students who need a letter of recommendation or school report from their counselor should make sure to have an appointment at least a month in advance of the deadline.

Counselors are assigned by student last name, as follows:

Last names A- E  Anne Schonauer aschonauer@auhsdschools.org   x7113
Last names F – Lar Christine Todd   ctodd@auhsdschools.org   x 7114
Last names Las- Roh  Marissa Meadows mmeadows@auhsdschools.org   x7145
Last names Rog- Z Susan Martin smartin@auhsdschools.org   x 7139

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CSF applications due September 30.  

CSF is an honor society.  Students who are members at least 4 semesters in grades 10-12 get a notation on their final transcript and get a stole to wear with graduation robes.   At least one of the semesters must be based on grades earned in senior year. Students must turn in a completed application and pay dues on the Web Store to be a member.  See the Web Store or look here for more info.

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From Your School Nurse

I wanted to share a few resources on upcoming programs online that I think are pertinent for many students and families:

Sept 17, 5-6:30pm Mindfulness and ADHD

Sept 25, 7pm Recognizing and Managing Teen Anxiety

If you go to these programs, please let me know what you think!

 

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From the Acalanes Wellness Center

While it may not be the first stress-reducing strategy to come to mind, connecting with others is easily one of the most effective and available. This is one of the reasons why students set their devices aside when they’re in the center and believe it or not, they’re happy they did. Time and time again, we see students who are overwhelmed connect with us and then turn around and connect with a peer in need. It feels good to talk it out; to learn that many of our experiences are universal; and to both give and receive words of compassion. Next time you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, do a scan of your emotions and notice where you feel them in your body. After you connect with a compassionate listener who you can count on to be supportive, scan again with close attention to your experience. If you can identify the feeling of a lowered stress response, share that with your kids and see if together, you can create a new habit!  (CS 8/29)

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Counseling Update

Welcome back!   Counselors are excited to see students again!  Just to refresh your memory: Counselors are assigned by student last name, as follows:

  • Last names A- E  Anne Schonauer aschonauer@auhsdschools.org   x7113
  • Last names F – Lar Christine Todd   ctodd@auhsdschools.org   x 7114
  • Last names Las- Roh  Marissa Meadows mmeadows@auhsdschools.org   x7145
  • Last names Rog- Z Susan Martin smartin@auhsdschools.org   x 7139

Counselors will be visiting seniors in their government classes the week of September 9  to talk about post-high school planning and next steps on college apps.  We will be meeting with seniors individually throughout the month of September and early October.   Students who need a letter of recommendation or school report from their counselor should make sure to have an appointment at least a month in advance of the deadline.   

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From the Acalanes Wellness Center

Change can be difficult – even positive life transitions cause stress.  As the new Wellness Coordinator I am thankful I get to pursue my life mission helping kids overcome obstacles that may impede them from leading joyful lives. Along with this positive development, I have encountered stress. To counteract this, I acknowledge the transition and become intentional about finding peace: walking to get ice cream, zoning out to 90’s R&B, and feeling the wind as I bike ride. Our students, too, are in a transition from enjoying more carefree summers to managing alarm clocks, class schedules, and homework while navigating complex social structures. These transitional stressors are added on top of existing concerns. Let’s help our kids out during this difficult transitional period by encouraging them to incorporate some fun or relaxation in their lives. A few minutes of enjoyment and peace can go a long way toward recharging, being happy, and being better students.  

Allen Choi, Wellness Coordinator (ext. 7150)
Casey Sasner, Intake Specialist (ext. 7136)

 

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From Your School Nurse

Teens need NINE hours of sleep each night.  Read this excellent resource from UCLA.

Parents, help your student protect their sleep schedule. Sit down with them and help them look at their daily schedule to make choices about their most important activities.

Try using this Daily Time Management Grid.

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