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School Counselor
Instructor: Ms. Ruth   
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ááááááááááCounseling and Guidance Office

Contact Ms. Ruth at chrisruth@linwoodschools.org


The goal of the Belhaven Middle Schoolácounseling program is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career and personal/social development of all students.á In partnership with other educators, parents and community members, the schoolácounselor facilitatesáa support system to ensure all studentsáare prepared witháthe knowledge and skills to emerge as educated, responsible,ácompassionate citizens of the world.
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"We are here to help one another along life's journey."
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Why Middle School Counselors?á Find our more information on how your school counselor can help at:á
http://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors-members/careers-roles/why-middle-school-counselors
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Guidance Announcements
Grief resources for families
When someone dies, children have all different kinds of reactions, like shock, sadness, fear and anger. The resources below can help you talk with your child about death and grief. Please contact Christine Ruth, Belhaven school counselor, at (609) 926-6700 or chrisruth@linwoodschools.org if your family would like more individual support.

http://www.griefspeaks.com/id23.html
http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2013/08/20/how-to-talk-to-your-child-with-special-needs-about-death/
http://thealcove.org/mbd/parents/
The Transition to Middle School: Tips for Parents
Advice from your child's school counselor on transitioning to middle school:
http://www.ascaschoolcounselor.org/article_content.asp?article=1196
Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights information
Please contact Christine Ruth, Belhaven School Counselor and Anti-Bullying Specialist or Dr. Rudnesky, Principal with any bullying concerns.
(609)926-6700 chrisruth@linwoodschools.org
You may also contact Jill Yochim, Linwood Director of Curriculum and Anti-Bullying Coordinator.
(609)926-6700 jillyochim@linwoodschools.org

Permissive Parenting Affects Teen Choices More than Peer Pressure
Parents don't need to be considered "cool" to be good parents.
http://life.familyeducation.com/teen/drugs-and-alcohol/29591.html
Alcohol and the Teen Brain
Talk to your kids about the dangers of under-age drinking.  This article offers great information on how alcohol alters a teenager's brain.
http://www.connectwithkids.com/tipsheet/2010/516_nov17/thisweek/101117_alcohol.shtml
Welcome back!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding your child's adjustment to their new grade or academic placement. 

Check out the links below for great info on a successful start to school:
http://www.schoolcounselor.org/content.asp?pl=327&sl=419&contentid=419

Resource articles for parents:
http://www.schoolcounselor.org/content.asp?pl=327&sl=130&contentid=130
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Great parenting article - Time Magazine
The cover of Time magazine from November 30, 2009 features the article, "The Case Against Over-Parenting".  In doing our best to create a safe and enriching environment for our kids, we may be damaging their abilities to problem-solve and make independent decisions.  Check out the article for tips on giving kids freedom to grow up without losing our minds with worry.
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1940395,00.html

High School Planning
The high school planning process begins right after winter break!  Please check the guidance calendar for important dates regarding open houses, information sessions, and Mainland course selection.
Guidance Groups
Join a guidance group!  Currently there are groups for study skills, coping with divorce, guy talk & girl talk. 
Working Papers
14-year-olds may obtain working papers from Ms. Ruth.  The guidance office is open Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 8:30-3:00 throughout the summer.
Discussion Topics
Class Files
 This We Believe.pdf
What makes a successful school for young adolescents?
 top 10.pub
Top 10 things 5th grade parents need to know about Belhaven! Click here for our brochure from Parent Orientation.
 Bullying Prevention
Access the Belhaven Bullying Prevention policy, the Bullying Incident Report, and information regarding our Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.
 Mainland Course Selection Process
Find documents and information here to help you plan your 9th grade courses
 Advisory Resources for teachers
Find documents here to use in your advisory group. Check out the links section for more resources
 Toughest Exam Question What Is the Best Way to Study.pdf
New Research on the Best Study Methods
 Resilient_Children[1].pdf
Raising Resilient Children
Guidance Activities
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