Student ServicesMiddle School
SCHOOL COUNSELING 6TH - 8TH GRADE
Merritt Guercio, M.Ed, NCC, PLPC
Office Hours: Monday-Friday during school hours
383-3871 Extension 133
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and a joyful New Year. We are ready to begin this second semester and see our excellent students again. We have upcoming events I am excited to tell you about.
Have you ever heard the saying, “In a world where you can be anything, be kind?” The school counselors are working together to promote this philosophy here at SAS. Starting January 22nd a different kind act will be introduced for students to focus on each week throughout the month. This is to kick off our Kindness Challenge week at the end of February. The list of themes for each week is below:
January 22: Include Others
January 29: Be Courteous
February 5: Keep Our School and Community Beautiful
February 12: Mardi Gras Break
February 19: Uplifting Others
More information will be in the Lion’s Roar.
During this past semester we focused on transition into middle school for 6th grade, exam planning for 7th grade, and high school preparation for our 8th graders. We will carry on with classroom lessons, small group sessions, academic advising, and individual counseling. We will also continue parent support.
You may contact me by email or phone with any questions or concerns involving your child. I look forward to a wonderful second semester ahead!
Sincerely, Ms. Guercio
As the Middle School Counselor I am here to assist you and your child in any way possible to fulfill our school’s mission. I am available for short-term individual and group counseling, as well as class-room lessons, consultation, and parent training and support. The mission of our Counseling Department is to provide a supportive environment in which each child can develop emotionally, socially, spiritually, physically, and academically. We know that each child is an individual with specific needs, interests, and abilities. I receive recommendations from administrators, teachers, parents, and students. Please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone with any questions or concerns involving your child. I look forward to a magnificent school year ahead and am very excited to continue working with your families!
What is Growth Mindset?
Your mindset is a way of thinking that determines behavior, outlook, and attitude. In a fixed mindset, struggles or challenges define you. However, in a growth mindset, trials or challenges are seen as temporary setbacks and an opportunity to grow. Growth mindset is a scientific theory that suggests intelligence can be developed with perseverance and hard work. Studies have shown that growth mindset results in higher test scores, better grades, and increased in-class involvement. At St. Aloysius we want to encourage our students to make mistakes and learn from them. We promote students to keep trying despite challenges, therefore creating an "I can do this" mentality. We strive to praise students for their effort, determination, and persistence not just how smart they are. I would like to encourage you to incorporate growth mindset at home and embrace problems at opportunities to learn.
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