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Cliff's Corner - 3/8/2018

posted Mar 15, 2018, 6:14 PM by Admin at Winterhaven   [ updated Mar 28, 2018, 4:51 PM by Unknown user ]

Counselor’s Corner Hey all,

These next few weeks’ blurbs may be on the briefer side from me, I’m out for trainings every Monday until Spring Break and cramming my usual work week into the other 4 days.  

In the K-5 classrooms, we are looking at effective communication styles and techniques. Mostly this will be book based, but there will likely be some videos as well.  This week, our book is The Secret Olivia Told Me by N. Joy. In 6th grade we will be working through some Suicide Prevention lessons for the next couple weeks. This week 6th will watch and discuss a short film from Washington State’s program called Look, Listen, Link  After the suicide prevention lessons, we will start in on Sexual Health.  This will be our curriculum through the rest of the year. Each session has a sheet that should come home to be discussed with you and then returned to their teacher for a grade.


State of Oregon: My Future-My Choice - My Future-My Choice

My Future My Choice, MFMC, sexuality education curriculum, tools to resist social and peer pressure, middle school health education, HB 2509, teen pregnancy ...


"Look, Listen, Link" - Youth Suicide Prevention Program ...

This video was developed by Youth Suicide Prevention Program of Washington State; to be used in conjunction with middle school health curriculum. For more ...


Historically, Winterhaven has stayed above a 94% or higher attendance rate.  This year, we have dropped well below that. Please try to schedule your vacations and other events outside of the school year and have your students here every day, on time.  Not only does missing class make learning more difficult on your students, but it does have an impact on our school as a whole. We depend on your students to be here for our cooperative learning lessons, and while they are out, they lose the social learning they would otherwise be engaged in. Ideally, we want them missing a maximum of 10 days per year.  Below that really hits our school report card score hard. Just as your students strive for top grades, we as a school do also. If you are curious about your student’s attendance so far, that information is available on Synergy.

And to our question: I was walking up the stairs here at Winterhaven wondering what I was going to write for this week’s question.  Somewhere deep down, I found myself wishing I could just not talk about race and racism for once this year. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy looking at diversity and trying to make the world a better place for all people, but the single focus was wearing on me at that moment.  And then I remembered. This is, of course, my privilege as a white male in this culture. I can ignore race and other issues of diversity when it suits me and other folks can’t. So our weekly question is around that topic: How does our ability (or lack thereof) to be able to ignore race affect our lives, culture and outlook?  How does living in “The Whitest Big City in America” affect those things?


Cliff Shaw
School Counselor
Winterhaven School