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Cliff's Corner - 3/1/2018

posted Mar 2, 2018, 4:02 PM by Admin at Winterhaven

Counselor’s Corner Hi everyone, Here’s a small piece of what’s going on in Winterhaven counseling this week.  

The middle school students watched the documentary “Screenagers” on Wednesday. Having a discussion with them about screens at home would be timely and likely better received than other times.  

It’s Dr. Seuss’ Birthday this week so in the K-5 classes, we are gearing towards that.   I’ll be reading “Yertle the Turtle” and “The Big Brag” to them sometime during the week.  (There’s a lot going on here so my usual schedule is a little off.)  We will be linking these stories into ways of communicating with each other and problem solving, which will be our focus for the next three weeks until Spring Break.  

6th grade will be finishing up our look at race and racism and begin our suicide awareness unit.  We will transition to Sex Ed and healthy relationships the week before Spring Break.

Cleveland’s visit to our 8th graders got snowed out last week.  We are on for the 8th.  I hope.  Fingers crossed.  This is the same day that they are visiting Sellwood, so our students are not behind in any way.  

Our question:  How does race (or our perception of it) influence our communication with each other?  Do we expect more or less from different races in our discussions with them?  Why?  Does this fit with our sense of equity and justice?

Cliff Shaw
School Counselor
Winterhaven School