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Counselors' Corner

The Counselor's Corner is a series of articles that are written by the guidance department to keep our families informed about a variety of things that are important to your daughters. Since we work with all of our students, the entire department is responsible for contributing articles from time to time. We try to keep our articles brief and timely. These articles also appear in the weekly Tiger Tracks sent to parents each Friday.

 
Counselors' Corner 08/22/2014

Senior Parent Night: Final Reminder

Senior Parent Information Night is on Wednesday, August 27th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Strake Family Cafeteria at St. Agnes Academy. We encourage all senior parents to attend to learn more about the college application process. The college counselors look forward to meeting you and answering all of your questions about college admissions. The evening presentation will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.  We look forward to seeing you!

Coffee with the Counselors: Final Reminder

We have two remaining Coffee with the Counselors for our 10th and 11th grade parents.   We break these down by grade level and meet in the Strake Family Cafeteria at 8:15 am with the promise to have you on the road by 9 am.  Juice and coffee will be served.  We hope to see you there! The events are scheduled as follows:

August 27th – 11th Grade Coffee with the Counselors
September 3rd – 10th Grade Coffee with the Counselors

Senior Parents: Monday Morning Memos

Our bi-weekly senior newsletter, Monday Morning Memos, will begin being sent to students on Monday, August 25th. This newsletter is full of important information and reminders that will help your daughter navigate the college process! Please encourage her to read the Monday Morning Memo every week. PDF versions will be located on our website as well for you to read.

Freshman Parents: First Week of School Jitters

The very first day or week of high school for many of us is a distant blur now, but at the time, it was most likely a little overwhelming. No matter how loving and supportive our environment can be here at SAA, the most important environment is the car ride home and family environment where she will be allowed to decompress at the end of the day.

Keep in mind that this is a period of transition that might be filled with a little anxiety and with many questions you might not be able to answer just yet.  It’s all normal.  Give this time as she learns to adjust and become acclimated to her new school environment. Trust that she will learn so much about herself this year and that the journey has just begun!

This is a reminder that your daughter’s freshman counselors are here for you and your daughter. Please do not hesitate to call or email us if you have a question about her schedule or even would like to provide feedback about her first week of school at SAA.  

The Daring Way

Vulnerability is not the easiest topic to discuss, but it is critical to address the role of vulnerability in daily life especially if our goal is to shape young women who are willing to dare greatly. As part of our inservice this year, the St. Agnes faculty and staff were treated to two days with Brené Brown. Brené is the New York Times bestselling author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (2012), The Gifts of Imperfection (2010), and I Thought It was Just Me (2007).  Her 2010 TEDx Houston talk “The Power of Vulnerability” is one of the most watched talks on TED.com with over 14 million viewers.

Brené, who is also a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, shared her life changing research on the power of vulnerability and helped the faculty work through exercises designed to help us clarify our values and ways we can remain vulnerable and embrace opportunities for joy. This training will be translated into daily life at St. Agnes as we work to help students set appropriate boundaries in order to live authentically and wholeheartedly.

All three social and emotional counselors in the Center for Wellness and Student Support are pursuing certification in Brené Brown’s The Daring Way, which is aimed at helping professionals facilitate Brené Brown’s work on vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. Last year, the counselors led a student group based on The Daring Way, and this year we plan on leading book studies over The Gifts of Imperfection for St. Agnes faculty and parents. If this is something you might be interested in, please check out Brené Brown’s TED talks here.

College Visits

In just a short few weeks, St. Agnes Academy will be inundated with college visitors. In previous years, over 130 colleges and universities set appointments in a single year! Junior and senior students should avail themselves to these visits because it is an opportunity to gain not only valuable knowledge about a wide range of colleges but also to get a little face time with the representative.  As universities grow increasingly dependent on yield (the number of kids who enroll after being offered a space in the class), the need for students, seniors in particular, to attend these sessions grows.  Making time to visit shows that the student is serious about that particular college. For juniors, attending the visit really is about exposure and starting to get a feel for the variety of available options.  While we’d love students to attend every last one, that is not advisable – after all, we can’t have students missing too much class.  Students should be thoughtful in choosing which sessions to attend, always being mindful of what they are missing in the academic classroom. When in doubt, have your daughter ask her counselor for advice!

A few notes on logistics:

1. To see a list of the growing list of colleges and universities that will be visiting us this fall, your daughter will need to log in to her Naviance account.  The list can be found under the “Colleges” tab. You can also see the visit calendar here.


2.  Your daughter should have received an email with the On Campus College Visit Permission Slip.  She was advised to save the file to her desktop for easy retrieval. 


3. She should print and complete the form no later than 24 hours in advance of the visit.  The form requires that the teacher of the class she will be missing to attend the session sign, as an acknowledgment that permission has been granted.


4. The top half of this form must be returned to Ms. Maher at least 24 hours in advance.  The student keeps the bottom portion as a reminder.


 
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