The school counselors plan and implement multiple school-wide events each year. This year, we are looking forward to:
Attendance Incentive Programs
The counselors work with teachers, parents, and students to encourage regular attendance at school. If you’re not at school, you’re not learning! We look forward to seeing our students at school, on time, every day!
Buddy Bench Initiative
This is our first year with a Buddy Bench! The Buddy Bench will be unveiled after Labor Day on the playground. This is a spot where students can sit when they need a friend or someone to play with. We hope it will encourage our students to befriend others and combat loneliness.
Character Education Program and Cub of the Month
A positive character trait is featured each month in classroom counseling lessons, on the morning announcements, and throughout the building school-wide. Teachers acknowledge students throughout the month who exhibit the featured character trait by distributing character “Cub Cards”. At the end of each month, each teacher chooses one student who has best demonstrated the featured trait. These students then get to celebrate at an ice cream party with the counselors and Mr. Bender!
College and Career Week
During College and Career Week, we explore different post-secondary education and career options with our students. This culminates with College and Career Day, during which students get to hear from guest speakers from multiple professions and/or colleges. If you are interested in volunteering to speak, please let your counselor know! We would love to have you!
Kids Hope Mentoring
The counseling department partners with North Metro Church to match volunteer mentors with Woodward Mill students. Volunteers meet with students weekly and provide support and encouragement. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our volunteers!
Mindfulness and Calm Down Corner Program
Each month, a different mindfulness activity is highlighted for students during the morning announcements and counseling classroom lessons. These are meant to be a tool for students and staff to utilize to calm down when needed. We have also created calm down corners in each classroom. The calm down corner is a resource that students can use when they need a break to manage their emotions. Each calm down corner has a stress ball, play-doh, pencils/paper, a pinwheel to practice blowing/breathing, calm down strategy cards, and a timer. These tools are available for all students in the building.
Random Acts of Kindness Week and Mix it Up Day
Random Acts of Kindness Week is held in February each year. During this month, we encourage students and staff to show kindness to others through different activities and challenges. One activity is “Mix it Up!” Day at lunch. During this lunch, students get to know students in other classes by sitting at special tables. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out and be kind to others that they would not typically get to see.
Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is a nation-wide program that encourages making healthy choices by abstaining from drugs and alcohol. The school counselors partner with Student Council in creating themes for each day of the week. Information about living a healthy lifestyle is featured on the morning announcements each day. Stay tuned for this year’s themes!