SMS COUNSELOR NEWS
January 25, 2021
School Counselor News
Southern Middle School Counselor Staff
Mrs. Connie Markle, Guidance Clerk A.M. x3272
Mrs. Jackie Winterson, Guidance Clerk P.M x3272
Mr. Jason Katz, School Counselor Last Names A-K x3523
Mrs. Lisa Hall, School Counselor Last Names L-Z x3522
We hope that 2021 is starting out well for you and your families. Many students continue to have success on the learning platforms and schedules they are on. In the event though that any student is having difficulty, please encourage them to reach out or you may contact us at anytime. Please communicate any concerns with us so we are able to work with you in a proactive manner to ensure your student gets what they need to make school a happy, safe place to learn. You may contact us at [email protected], [email protected] or at 717.235.4811, extension 3272. You may also follow the Guidance Office on Twitter @SMSGuidance for articles & resources.
How can your child see Mr. Katz or Mrs. Hall? Below are links to schedule times to meet with us.
Students with Last Names A-K: Schedule a virtual appointment with Mr. Katz
Students with Last Names L-Z: Schedule a virtual appointment with Mrs. Hall
- If your child attends school on the A/B Hybrid schedule, we will be happy to meet with them during lunch or I/E or on their virtual days we can set up google meets to meet virtually.
- It is very important to maximize everyone’s face to face time with teachers.
- If someone is having a serious emotional crisis that prevents them from attending class, we will gladly help them and contact home for parental support.
- Anyone enrolled in Digital Academy is welcome to set up an appointment with us virtually at any time that works in their schedule.
- Parents are welcome to schedule a virtual meeting to discuss any needs you have with your child.
Staying in class with teachers as much as possible on face to face days will go a long way in keeping school related stress manageable for students.
This time of the year the pendulum swings a bit in regards to the stress levels that we experience as the holidays are once again behind us and we trudge along through the bitterness of winter. The to-do lists continue to grow along with the responsibilities in front of us. Here are 5 Coping Skills Activities to help students manage their stress levels.
- Start with a Mindful Morning – Here is a technique called Grounding that includes deep breathing and bringing ones attention to the present moment.
- Make a coping list strategies menu – Feel free to use this coping strategies list from Pathway 2 Success.
- Color or Draw – with these free Mindfulness Coloring Pages
- Exercise – This works as a wonderful calm down technique and is said to raise serotonin levels in the brain.
- Read Positive Affirmations – Pathway 2 Success offers this fabulous resource for kids.
Previously Shared (But Still Awesome Family Resources)
York County School of Technology
In order to apply to YCST, please use the following link to complete the online application process: YCST Application
Click here to access the York County School of Technology Resource Guide that contains information regarding the application process and details about each technical area.
If you have any questions about York County School of Technology, please contact Mrs. Hall or Mr. Katz in the guidance office.
The Student Assistance Program & School Based Mental Health Program – Offered Virtually
The Student Assistance Program continues to function actively in middle school. As a reminder, the SAP team is a group of trained staff members who work to identify, intervene and refer students who are having difficulties due to a variety of possibilities. The student assistance program is available to all students at SMS (the exception being someone who is already receiving drug/alcohol or mental health counseling). Please contact the guidance office to make a referral or obtain additional information.
The SYCSD/PCBH School Based Counseling Program utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to bridge the gap young people who need mental health care, and young people who receive mental health care by providing coordinated mental health services at a licensed satellite office of PCBH in the familiar environment of the school setting. Please contact Mrs. Hall or Mr. Katz for more information if needed.
Crisis Intervention Services
If you are concerned for the immediate health and safety of a child call 911 and send them to the location of the child. If you share the crisis information with a student and have any concern, please contact your school counselor as soon as possible so they are able to follow up.
- TrueNorth Wellness Crisis Intervention – 1-866-325-0339 or 717-632-4900 (for students experiencing a mental health crisis or suicidal ideation) Open for phone calls – no walk-ins or home visits.
- York Hospital, Hanover Hospital and UPMC Memorial Emergency Departments have 24/7 Crisis Intervention Services available, but due to the influx the departments may have with COVID 19 cases, you may want to avoid these locations unless you have no other options.