Guidance Department

Kelly Davis, Director of Guidance

kdavis@msad24.org

Priscilla Desjardins, Administrative Assistant

pdesjardins@msad24.org

Interested in Counseling for your child?

We now have a counselor one day per week at school who can work with students grades Pre-K through 12. If you are interested or would like more information please contact Ms. Kelly by calling the Guidance office, stopping by, or emailing.


FILING THE FAFSA

PARENTS OF SENIORS AND SENIORS: YOU CAN FILE YOUR FAFSA ON OCTOBER 1, 2018. IT IS IN YOUR BEST INTEREST TO DO IT ON THAT DAY AS THE SOONER YOU FILE, THE MORE MONEY IS AVAILABLE TO YOU. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR NEED HELP COME SEE ME.


IF YOU WANT TO WAIT FOR NIKKI FROM FAME TO HELP YOU SHE WILL BE HERE ON OCTOBER 18, 2018 FROM 12-6PM TO MEET WITH INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES TO COMPLETE THE FAFSA. SIGN UP IN GUIDANCE.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

1-800-273-8255

Upcoming Events

  • 9/24/2018-10/1/2018: No School~Harvest Break
  • 10/8/2018: No School~Columbus Day
  • 10/10/2018: PSAT Testing for 10th and 11th grade students
  • 10/11/2018: University of Maine at Farmington Representative in Guidance at 1pm
  • 10/16/2018: Husson University Representative in Guidance at 1130am
  • 10/17/2018: UMO Representative in Guidance at 12:15pm
  • 10/18/2018: UNE College Representative in Guidance at 9am**UNE is now a test optional school**
  • 10/18/2018: Saint Anselm College Representative in Guidance at 11:30am
  • 11/1/2018: Colby College Representative in Guidance at 1:55pm
  • 11/5/2018: NMCC Representative in Guidance at 9am

CARING CART

IN NEED OF A PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEM?

MISSING SOME SCHOOL SUPPLIES?

FORGOT TO BRUSH THIS MORNING?

HEAD TO GUIDANCE AND FIND WHAT YOU NEED ON THE CARING CART.

DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS ACCEPTED

Seniors:

As soon as school starts, you will hit the ground running with recommendation letters, applying for college, college essays, looking for a job, considering other post secondary plans, and it will seem like the world is spinning around you! Take a moment to breathe and take everything in. I am here to help you make this process easier, any way that I can. Come see me, take my advice, and don't feel pressured! Senior year is full of expectations but you also want to make things fun!

SENIOR AND JUNIOR CAFE DATES

Senior Cafe: 10/5/2018

Junior Cafe: 10/23/2018

Senior Cafe: 11/6/2018

Senior Cafe: 12/6/2018

Junior Cafe: 12/11/2018

TIPS FOR A GREAT SCHOOL YEAR

  • Have the Proper School Supplies that you need for your classes!
  • Get an Agenda~This helps keep everything organized
  • Know the expectations of your teachers and each class
  • Do Not Procrastinate
  • Get Involved in your school community
  • Get a good nights sleep
  • Eat breakfast every day
  • Stay out of business that is not yours!
  • Stay positive and be a friend to everyone

Ways to promote kindness in school!

  • Reading promotes and nurtures empathy in all classrooms
  • Kindness Quotes: Select a powerful quote about the importance of kindness and do a thorough, class-wide analysis. What does this quote mean? Have you ever seen examples of its implications in your life? This works at all levels and age groups.
  • Help students engage in community service.
  • Role Modeling for students
  • Encourage random acts of kindness

Prepping for the return to school

For parents of young kids, back to school often goes hand in hand with cries of "Mommy, don't go!" Whether your child's heading to school for the very first time, or returning after a summer of days at home, there are bound to be a few growing pains. Here are some tips on how to prepare for the big day—and make things easier for all of you.

  • Keep the morning routine simple and consistent.
  • Practice separation with trips to grandparents, friends, etc.
  • If your child isn't prone to clinging, don't plant worry seeds. You'll just create stress when there isn't any, according to Elizabeth Pantley, author of No-Cry Solutions for Preschool and School-Age Children. On the other hand, if you think he'll have a hard time, do have a few upbeat conversations to explain what's happening. Anxiety stems from the unknown, so the key is to find a balance between telling them what they need to know without overdoing it.
  • Role Play: To let your child know what to expect, have her pretend to be the parent while you act as the child. Go through all the motions of the first day of school: waking you up, getting you dressed, feeding you breakfast, dropping you off and finally, picking you up.
  • Create a countdown calendar
  • Get the sleep schedule on track
  • Read some books: Fictional characters have a way of making difficult situations easy since they always have a happy ending. The stories can give your child a natural opportunity to share any fears, and often have key kid-friendly phrases that parents can re-use to reassure their children. Here's a few to choose from: I Love You All Day Long, The Kissing Hand, Go Home, Mrs. Beekman and The Night Before Kindergarten.
  • Don't be late: On the first day of school, set your alarm clock half an hour early to get your own morning prep out of the way in order to focus on your little student.
  • Create a special goodbye routine
  • Breathe, relax, and allow things to become natural. Come see your Guidance Counselor should you need more help!


SENIORS:

Scholarships are coming in to the Guidance office. Please make it a point to stop by and check out the table of scholarships. It does not hurt to start filling them out now. Free money is just that, free money!