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Crabapple Middle School Counseling Department offers students a comprehensive range of services. These services are based on the developmental needs of students and address the intellectual, social, physical, and emotional aspects of pre-adolescence and adolescence. Emphasizing life skills, students learn more about themselves, the world around them, and the power of choices and consequences. In order to accomplish this goal, the Counseling Department focuses on the following: Academic Achievement, Career Awareness and Exploration, and Personal and Social Development.
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT - Counselors assist students to become independent learners. Academic responsibility is taught, encouraged, and reinforced in a partnership between school and home. Aptitudes, interests, and learning styles that relate to academic achievement are strengthened through this collaborative effort.
CAREER AWARENESS AND EXPLORATION - Counselors help students choose courses and activities to explore career opportunities. These experiences are designed to reflect the diversity of student backgrounds and promote positive life choices.
PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT - Counselors encourage individual growth and a broader understanding of relationships with others. Students develop skills and knowledge to be lifelong learners, establish personal goals and become productive members of society.
Homework can sometimes be a stressful part of a student’s evening. Here are some tips to make it easier not only for your child, but for you in helping support as well.
Think it through: Before your child begins, have him/her make a to-do list. Example: write a poem, read a history chapter and solve 10 math problems. Then, suggest that he/she number the tasks from most to least difficult. This “save the easiest for last” strategy will help your child finish their homework on a high note, perhaps inspiring him/her to get in some extra review/studying.
Think about time: Ask your child to consider different time slots he/she can use to get work done. For instance, maybe they could set aside a weekend morning or Sunday night. Also, some middle schoolers may be given time at the end of class on some occasions, as well as maybe in homeroom on some days, to tackle homework. Encourage your child that if they are given the opportunity to get a head start on homework while at school, to do so. The more he/she does then, the more time she’ll have for relaxation and downtime later at home. It would also benefit them by having a teacher available to answer questions.
Think positively: Help your middle schooler see homework as a chance to prove their independence by getting their work done on time and doing it by themselves. Boost your child’s confidence by telling them: “Homework gives you a chance to show all that you know.” Give them praise and encouragement when they do just that.