This school year we have been fortunate to be back in person. It has posed many challenges in various ways. We have had health, safety and attendance concerns. As a community, we have pulled together to address all the issues as they arise. Together we are strong. Our guidance department is always available to assist and offer support in these difficult times. It is our desire to continue to connect with students and their families as the year continues.
Adams School and Webster Extension: Teachers and staff have been so excited to have everyone back in person. Seeing the students socialize with one another and engage in daily learning activities has been very rewarding. It was an adjustment for students when they first started the school year either after being remote last year or starting school for the first time. However, we have seen great strides in their growth socially and academically. Although Covid has imposed some hardships for students and their families, we are delighted to have them participate in our preschool program. It is fundamental to the students’ growth and development in preparing them for another school year. Let’s continue to learn!
Devens School: After a successful transition back to In school learning, students at the Devens School have been working on successful social/ emotional interaction, applying themselves to academics and planning for the future. We are looking forward to the implementation of our new behavior program that reinforces being kind to classmates. We have started Pre Employment Training workshops for the high school students to prepare them for employment and post secondary options. We are excited for the possibilities.
Keverian School: The 2021-2022 school year continues to bring new challenges everyday. At the Keverian School the guidance counselors view those as opportunities to help our students and families grow. We are focused on building positive relationships to ensure that everyone feels welcome and comfortable each and every day. We strive to build a supportive community that promotes peace and togetherness. Upon return from vacation, we’ve been discussing SMART goals and the Keverian Pride core values - Be Kind, Be Smart, Respect Each Other. Our staff and student body are working hard everyday despite all of the obstacles that we face!
Lafayette School: The Lafayette School Guidance Department is excited to continue to work with our student population through these challenging times and foster the development of social emotional competencies to support our students. We continue to work on various guidance related themes such as a positive growth mindset, responsibility, and respect and will be focusing on the theme of kindness during the month of January, while participating in the Great Kindness Challenge as a school community.
Madeline English School: The guidance department here at The Madeline English School is thrilled to be back in school with in person learning! While the pandemic has created substantial challenges, our student body has persevered and accomplished a great deal over the course of the first half of the school year. Our students continue to amaze us each and every day as they enter the building. They are able to stay upbeat even when times get tough. We look forward to the third quarter and are extremely proud of the Madeline English School student body.
Parlin School: The Parlin school guidance department had a great first half of the school year! In collaboration with teachers, administration, and the parent liaisons, we have been cruising into 2022! Though many of our families have experienced hardships due to the pandemic this school year, these hardships have strengthened our school community. The appreciation for coming to school every day is one that is truly felt by the whole building! As the second half of the year is upon us, we look forward to supporting and encouraging our students in every aspect of their education. Parlin Pride!
Webster School: Happy 2022! We are excited to continue to see smiling faces (under their masks) coming to school every day. Although this year has been a struggle for many students and families, our students continue to amaze us every day with their hard work and dedication to learning. We have seen so much growth in our students both academically and socially and can feel their joy in seeing each other every day. Although we are still dealing with hardships from Covid-19, I hope that everyone is able to have a happy and healthy start to the new year!
Whittier School: The Whittier School is moving into 2022 with positive vibes! Students are engaged in fundraising activities and essay contests to support environmental changes. Classes engage in a variety of social emotional activities such as mindfulness practices and daily check-ins. We hope to keep things positive as we work through some heavy challenges this school year!
In closing, we hope that everyone continues to have a terrific school year!
“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”
– Anthony J. D’Angelo
The past two years have been unique. We, as a community, have endured a great deal of struggles due to the impact of Covid. We, as a school system, hope to help all of our families as we return to what we hope is a sense of normalcy. Our guidance department is looking forward to a year in which we can reconnect with students and their families and assist in making the return to school smooth.
ADAMS AND WEBSTER EXTENSION — It is a precious time in the lives of our young ones whether it is their first time attending school or they are returning to school. The excitement builds up for the students, their families and the staff. As guidance counselor, I, Jessyca Redler, am looking forward to sharing lessons on matters that are critical to our youth. These topics include sharing, taking turns, bullying, making healthy choices, decision making, teamwork, integrity, respect and courage. In addition, after the pandemic has affected all of us, it is more important now than ever to teach students to be mindful. Mindful minutes will be introduced to help students develop skills to relax, stay calm and focus. This will be an exciting year!
DEVENS — It’s great to be back with students at the Devens School. This year we are working with students to make the transition back to school as seamless as possible. We will be providing support for our students from elementary through high school. We want to make sure that everyone feels safe and supported everyday. We will be going into classes to provide social emotional learning to help with the transition back to school. We look forward to seeing you in our building and at meetings.
KEVERIAN — We are back !! We are all so excited to have all our students back in the building! This year we will be focused on building connections, relationships, and trust with all our students. Some have been out of school for an entire year or more! This year it is all about making sure our students feel safe and supported each and every day. Our guidance team is looking forward to working with students on a variety of topics and lessons, some being social skills, social-emotional learning, mindfulness, bullying, transitions, and many more. This year will be the year to show everyone that anything is possible, even with covid, working together we can overcome all these challenges and obstacles.
LAFAYETTE — We are excited to welcome back our students to the Lafayette School! As we transition back to school, our guidance team will be providing many opportunities for student support and social emotional growth through guidance themed classroom lessons, small group and individual counseling, social skills groups and school-wide monthly themes to discuss important topics such as bullying awareness, empathy, mindfulness, and growth mindset. We are looking forward to working with all of our students and families during this school year!
MADELINE ENGLISH — We are extremely excited to welcome our students back to The Madeline English School! Our Guidance Team is thrilled to be back in person. We will provide an array of services that will support our students and families as they transition back to the building. Our Guidance efforts will include small group counseling, social pragmatics lessons, conflict resolution, role plays, individual counseling, and whole classroom lessons. We look forward to seeing you all back in the building!
PARLIN — We are so excited to welcome back our Parlin students!! The past year and a half has been eventful, and has really reinforced how incredibly resilient our students are! The guidance staff couldn’t be happier to see all the smiling faces enter the building, filled with excitement for the upcoming school year. We will support our students' needs through a variety of ways, classroom instruction, small group, and individually. We will be collaborating with teachers to make social emotional learning a top priority this school year. We look forward to connecting and supporting the students at the Parlin!
WEBSTER — The Webster School is so excited to welcome back our students for full in-person learning! We understand that many of our students and families have experienced hardships over the last year and a half and we are here to support in any way possible. Our guidance counselor will provide social and emotional supports through small and large groups and individual counseling as needed. The focus of this school year will be empathy, bullying awareness, and mindfulness. We will work together with classroom teachers to ensure that social and emotional learning is embedded into the everyday curriculum. Together we will make this the best year ever!
WHITTIER — The Whittier School is excited to be back together in person once again. Along with challenging our students academically, there will be time for Social Emotional Learning (SEL) activities throughout the day. Children will practice ways to build executive functioning skills, social awareness, self-regulation techniques and relationship skills. Building these skills helps children access learning and it helps them make positive choices now and in the future.
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