We live in a world that is driven by technology...
There is an old saying that goes, "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me," but when I was in second grade I learned a slightly different version that goes, "sticks and stones may break my bones but words can also hurt me." From my experience with bullying, I would say the second version is closer to the truth. I've been bullied at different times throughout my life without anyone ever throwing a single stone, and I can tell you that just because words don't leave physical marks, it doesn't mean they don't leave indelible scars.
"Reading all the awful things people were saying about me behind a computer screen almost destroyed me. It wrecked my self-confidence, and completely changed the way I felt about myself. That may have been the first time I was cyber bullied, but it wasn't the last."
For many children taking a test, riding the bus, or even spending time with friends can trigger anxiety. As parents we are often unsure what we can do to help them. Since we all know children spend a vast majority of their time on their phones or other electronic devices, why don't we bring the help to them! The Anxiety and Depression Association for America has put together a list of mobile apps to help children. Check out the list of apps and see if there's one your child likes.
October is the Month of the Young Adolescent!
No age tests our patience and knowledge more than 10-14 year olds! Below is an article providing quick advice regarding various aspects of your child's life including friendships, social media, conversations, peer pressures, and so much more.
Simply put, it's an awkward season. It's a time of constant changes, social shake-ups, swinging emotions, and intense pressures. If I've learned anything from working with adolescent girls, it's how hungry this age group is for comfort and reassurance...
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10 Truths Middle Schoolers Should Know!
Every year we ask our students to take a survey to help us understand what they need and how to service them best. Through the results of this survey we are able to drive our program to meet ALL of our students needs. The survey covers academics, career, personal and bullying issues. Students are also given the opportunity to chose a counseling group they may be interested in joining. To take the survey, please click HERE.
It’s the beginning of the year and a perfect time for you to join an activity, club or sport. At Gateway we have sports in 7th and 8th grade, intramurals in 6th grade and clubs and activities for all grades. Our clubs include: Art, Bowling, Chain Links, Drama, Games, Power of the Pen and Yearbook. We encourage all of our students to join a club or activity.
Parents, please click here to read an article detailing the importance of extracurricular activities in your children’s lives.
THE HALLWAYS ARE NO LONGER EMPTY...
Welcome back to another exciting school year! Hopefully it will be full of new and exciting experiences. We are looking forward to meeting the new students and families to our school, as well as some returning faces. The start of the school year means new things, new school supplies, new classrooms, new teachers, new friends, as well as old friends. This is a great time to start with a new outlook. Remind your child about their accomplishments last year and talk with them about a plan of success for the upcoming year.
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Back to School Tips
Healthy Students are Better Learners