Fall News from the Guidance Department

Dear Parents, Guardians, and NSHS community members,

As I reflect on the first two months of the school year, I am struck by how quickly the weeks have passed. It’s hard to believe that the end of the first quarter is nearly upon us, fall sports are coming to a close, and the holidays are right around the corner.

The guidance staff has been extremely pleased with the start of the school year, as we have begun building relationships with our newest students and reconnected with returning students. Through individual interactions and group guidance seminars, our aim is to strengthen relationships between students and their counselors, help students to develop a deeper understanding of the challenges they and their peers face, and reinforce the value of self-assessment and reflection as all of our students develop as young women and men.

Individual meetings and group guidance seminars are just two of the ways our counselors will work with your child and your family. One of our goals for this year is to help you better understand the many ways in which your child’s counselor can serve as a resource. Counselors routinely serve the following roles:

Academic Counseling

Counselors work with students to identify their abilities, interests, and achievements. Counselors work with students to understand their learning and to develop effective study habits and time-management skills. Through attention to course selections, grades, and other activities, counselors help students to prepare for their academic futures.

Personal/Social Counseling

Counselors help students at South through acute or crisis situations. Counselors work with students to assess the issues, consult with parents, staff and other providers, and make referrals or bring in other resources when appropriate.

Post-Secondary Counseling

Counselors assist students in developing their educational and/or career plans. Counselors provide information and expertise to aid students in decision-making based on interests, skills, and values.

Consultant

Counselors work closely with parents, teachers, housemasters, adjustment counselors, psychologists, school nurses, and school resource officers to provide information and to gain insight into student development.

Facilitator

Counselors serve to facilitate difficult conversations between students and parents, students and teachers, and parents and teachers. Counselors can serve as a sounding board and liaison to work toward having cooperative and productive interactions.

I hope you find this information helpful as your child navigates Newton South High School. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor should you have any questions or concerns.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving,

Dan Rubin

Director of Guidance


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