Dr. Dow Blue, Guidance Counselor
The mission of Santa Rosa District's School Counselors is to provide a developmental and systematic comprehensive program that ensures academic, personal, social, career development, and community involvement for all students. Our goal is to assist all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become successful students, responsible productive citizens, and lifelong learners.
We are grateful for your support and look forward to serving you. We offer many services to help your family with the challenges of middle school. These services include:
Student Mentor Program:
Student success is paramount. For students that have been identified with three or more "at-risk" indicators, he/she is paired with a mentor to assist with tracking grades, social issues, and obtaining the goals needed to excel in college and/or careers. For more information about the mentor program, contact Dr. Blue or Mr. Pape.
Compass/ Course Recovery:
Compass Learning is an online resource provided to students that have received a failing grade in one or more classes for the quarter. Students are given a pre-test to determine theri needs, then work through a series of modules, and are given a post-test at the end of the modules. A student must earn at least 60% in order to reocver a credit, but will not be given a recovery grade higher than a 70%.
Keys to Success
There is no question that school is challenging! Academic as well as emotional and developmental issues converge in middle school. Our goal is to help you and your family meet those challenges and be prepared for high school and beyond.
First of all, it is essential to have high expectations for your child's learning and behavior. Successful business leaders as well as teachers know that people rise and fall based upon expectations. Expect the best!
Sometimes we may say: "No one in my family is good at math." Remember that children often model the behavior and attitudes of parents and feed into their opinions. While math may not be your best subject, you can certainly learn enough to pass and move on. If you find yourself being negative, simply say: "Even though this work is hard, I'm smart enough to do it!" Don't sell yourself short. You may find that being positive will become your new habit.
Another helpful key to success is to break large problems into smaller pieces. Anything that is worth doing is going to be challenging. Believe it or not, learning our A, B, C's was difficult at one time!
You won't complete middle school in one day, but that's okay. You know your goal is to pass, but all you can work on is this one assignment. For example, too often we face a few problems and quit because we feel overwhelmed.
Research on brain physiology tells us that when we practice our academics and learn new material, the very structure of our brains change. We are actually getting smarter! What is more fun that getting smarter?
We have taken a strong stance against bullying at Avalon Middle School. It is important to remember that bullying can be more than just physical aggression or threats. It can involve the "silent treatment," excluding others from activities, and starting rumors, among other things. These behaviors are especially cruel because middle school is a time when students are increasingly aware of the importance of peer groups and physical development.
Our staff works hard to help all students feel wanted and special, but we need your help. If you, your student, or a friend is being bullied, let us know. Don't be afraid of telling someone your problem. When you come forward you are helping yourself as well as others.
Please contact Richard Abendan, Military Family Life Counselor, to find out more about how we can help our military families here at Avalon Middle School.