To the students and parents/guardians: I hope you are doing well and adjusting to this different lifestyle. Remember to stay healthy and take care of yourself. Drink water, get some rest, read a book, go outside, learn a new hobby or skill, connect with your family, chat with friends, take some time to relax and connect with yourself!
I know this is a difficult time of uncertainty. Practice positivity through connecting with others, exercise, yoga/deep breathing, mindfulness, and giving yourself a break. Take a look here for ways to be mindful: https://www.huffpost.
com/entry/10-easy-ways-you- can-practice-mindfulness_b_ 8069422. Let me know if you need anything; the counseling staff is available to assist you in any way. I will continue to send updates and provide information via email as we receive it. Updates and resources will also be available on the website (perhamschools.org).
Some things to consider for our students:
- Practice some adulting skills for life away from home (laundry, preparing dinner, taxes/money skills, making appointments, creating a resume and cover letter, etc.) Here is a website with more information and resources: https://www.
- Get community service hours by helping a neighbor, family member, or friend (make sure you are staying healthy and safe). Here is a website with some ideas: https://www.teenlife.com/
- Get caught up on missing work for classes. Teachers cannot initiate new instruction until March 30, so if you are behind in your courses, take some time (even 20-30 minutes a day) to check Infinite Campus, Moodle, and/or Google classroom to complete missing work. Here are some websites that can offer academic assistance: https://www.
educatorstechnology.com/2018/ 05/10-excellent-websites-to- help-students.html
- I know many students have obligations at home and are worried about completing work online if we move to distance learning. Communicate with teachers to let them know your concerns and see if there are alternative ways to complete an assignment if needed.
- Use your resources to learn something new: Watch a documentary, look on pinterest, find a youtube video that teaches you a new skill, watch a TED talk. Here is a list of sites that stimulate creativity: http://blog.whooosreading.org/
- Remember Moodle (http://549online.org) and MCIS (https://portal.mncis.
intocareers.org) have helpful resources for college and career preparation, so take some time to plan for the future.
Again, if you need anything, let me know. The counselors and teaching staff are thinking of you and care for your well-being. Take care of yourself!
Licensed High School Career Counselor