SMART Goals and Fall Conferences
Fall conferences are fast approaching. Teachers met earlier this week to determine with which students they would like to have a team conference. Not all students will receive invitations for teacher team conferences. However, all students will be participating in academic reflection activities this week in their AP classes. Students will be asked to assess their current learning and create goals for future growth. They will be creating a goal in the area of academic growth and a goal in the area of behavior, participation, and effort. Students will use the SMART goals format when creating these goals. SMART goals are an effective way to write goals. SMART goals are specific and quantifiable in their outcomes. SMART is an acronym for how the goal should be written.
Specific- Tells exactly what you hope to accomplish.
Measurable- Tells by how much. How will you measure if you have achieved your
Achievable- Is this goal something that is realistic and can be achieved?
Realistic- In reference to the action plan, is what you are committing to do
feasible given your lifestyle and time commitments?
Time Bound - What is the deadline for accomplishing this goal?
An example of a SMART goal could be: “I will increase the amount of time I study prior to a test by studying for at least 20 minutes a day for the week leading up to the exam. To study, I will review my notes, create flashcards, and ask my teachers questions.” This goal tells specifically what you will do (Study by reviewing notes etc), is measurable (20 minutes a day), achievable, realistic (20 min daily should be doable for most), time bound (the week leading up to a test).
In addition to creating SMART goals, students will reflect on the successes and struggles they have had this school year. Students should celebrate their successes and use the knowledge and skills gained through that success to develop plans to improve in their areas of weakness.
If your child has been selected for a team conference, you will be receiving an invitation in the mail this week. We will be having students lead their own conferences using the Academic Reflection and SMART goals they will create in their AP classes. The emphasis on student led conferences is in talking with the student to help develop a plan for improvement that they will take ownership of and be accountable for, rather than talking at them or telling that what they need to do.
Whether or not your student has been selected for a team conference, by week’s end they will have developed SMART goals, completed a Fall Academic Reflection, and discussed these goals in class with a partner. If your child has not been selected for a conference, it would be beneficial for you to have a personal conference with them to go over the goals they have for themselves and ask them how you can be of support in their attempt to achieve the goals they have set.
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Information about the counseling department
What does a School Counselor do?
• Helps create a safe school environment where children can learn.
• Promotes positive attitudes among students toward self, family, peers and community.
• Assists students in learning how school performance relates to future opportunities, options and choices.
• Supports students by teaching skills for achieving success.
• Provides counseling with students individually and in groups.
• Works with students to ensure optimal attendance and minimal tardiness.
• Coordinates referrals to outside agencies.
• Helps design interventions to enhance student success in all areas of life.
• Helps students learn about anger management, conflict resolution and mediation skills.
• Helps parents, teachers, and administrators learn how to meet the needs of all students.
A School Counselor is not a doctor or a psychologist. School Counselors meet with you, the student, to help you sort through problems that might be happening in your day-to-day life. Let's face it; we are all faced with problems in our lives! Sometimes there are problems that need even more attention than a school counselor can offer. School Counselors work with other people in the field of psychology to assist students and parents in working through some difficult personal or family concerns.
How do I see the Counselor?
Ask your teacher for a pass, ask the counselor to send you a pass, request by the counselor, principal or assistant principal request, parent request, teacher request and friend request. Please contact Mrs. Dee Charbonnet to schedule an appointment.
When can I see the Counselor?
Mrs. Fraser is on campus from 7:45-2:45 pm.
Where is the Counselor's office?
Our office is in the back of the Administration Building.
How and why do parents contact the school counselor?
Concerns over student achievement, family health problems, new school registration and orientation, test interpretation, discussing special needs of their student, discussion of potential crisis, family difficulties or concerns, scheduling, 504 plans, student success team meetings, and parent Education.
Am I in trouble if I see the School Counselor?
When you receive a slip with your Counselor's name on it, it does not mean you have been called in because you are in trouble or "bad". In fact, a counselor is an adult who acts as your advocate! An advocate is someone who wants to listen to what you have to say and help you come up with reasonable solutions to making your situation better. It does not mean that your counselor can solve the problem for you; it does mean that you have a safe place that you can go to when you are not sure what to do.