Hey y’all!  Conference was more fun than you could shake a stick at, ya here?!

February 2017

It’s been a spell, MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNSELORS!

I hope that everyone felt celebrated and appreciated during National School Counseling Week 2017!  The work we do is second to none and is such a unique role within our respective buildings.  I hope everyone took advantage of materials posted on our “resources” section for National School Counseling Week along with goodies from the MEMBERSHIP PORTAL of the VSCA website.  Please check here for a TON of resources that are added “perk” of your membership.  As if there weren’t enough perks..lol!  We also have resources for Black History Month/ Diversity which are always a popular focus for February.  Click HERE for these resources for members and non- members!

We have TWO blog contests this month:  

Be sure to take advantage of them both!  

CONTEST#1:  

Submit your ideas, lessons, etc. to be posted on this blog and the best resource will be chosen to win a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card!  The deadline is 2/28/17!    

Remember…SHARING IS CARING!-

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GOT SOME GREAT RESOURCES YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO SHARE?:

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CONTEST:  #2

The first member that gets a colleague to join or renew with VSCA will get a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card!  Please e-mail me with your contact information and the name of the person you referred at vscamiddlevp@gmail.com.  

Virginia School Counselor Association

Not a VSCA Member? A NOTE ABOUT VSCA MEMBERSHIP:

Please consider joining VSCA.  We often place even MORE valuable resources in the “members only” section of the VSCA website.  This portal can only be exclusively accessed by members.

We are so excited about all the awesome things that VSCA does for the field of school counseling in Virginia!

If you are interested, please click on the link, below:

JOIN VSCA NOW!

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Sincerely,

Jentae Mayo- VSCA Middle Level VP

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Thank you to everyone that attended our session, gave us feedback and attended the conference, in general, as a commitment to bettering yourself professionally.  We enjoyed meeting so many SUPER STAR Middle School Counselors from all over the state!  We look forward to continuing to serve you in the months ahead!

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Virginia School Counselor Assocation Conference

Please check out resources from our conference session in the “delivery” section of this blog.  As promised, some resources (such as our session presentation) are reserved as “special features” for VSCA members only in the “members only” portal on the VSCA website.  This is to encourage membership in order to get the full benefit of being a part of our DYNAMIC organization.

Are you a member? VSCA Membership Portal

 

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Virginia School Counselor Association

Not a VSCA Member? A NOTE ABOUT VSCA MEMBERSHIP:

Please consider joining VSCA.  We often place even MORE valuable resources in the “members only” section of the VSCA website.  This portal can only be exclusively accessed by members.

We are so excited about all the awesome things that VSCA does for the field of school counseling in Virginia!

If you are interested, please click on the link, below:

JOIN VSCA NOW!

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Conference 2016!

Virginia School Counselor Assocation Conference

We can’t wait to see you at our MIDDLE LEVEL SESSION on Thursday, October 13th from 1:25pm-2:15pm!   Haven’t registered yet?  REGISTER NOW FOR CONFERENCE!  We are SUPER excited about our session.  Here are the details:

Middle Level Session
VSCA Conference 2016

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BLESS OUR HEARTS!
Resources that celebrate the AWESOME,
yet challenging job of the MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNSELOR!

FOCUS- Change & Transition:
Supporting the Transitional Nature of Middle School

Hey Y’all!  Come on “down yonder” and get more fresh ides/ resources than you can “shake a stick at”!  Your Middle Level VP’s are two country gals ready to lead you in a fun, energetic and dynamic session.  We will focus on resources that aid in the transitional nature of middle school.  This session is sure to have something that “suits your fancy” including a unique classroom lesson plan, group plans, a study skills program structure, ideas, prize giveaways and so much more!

‘TWAS THE WEEK BEFORE CONFERENCE, AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE….

Wait…not time for that yet! But there is STILL time to sign up for a pre-conference session or the full conference  and we are fully prepared to accept on-site registrations. JUST A FEW UPDATES AND HIGHLIGHTS!!!

1.  Dr. Eric Sparks of the American School Counselor Association will be joining Drs. Davis and Kaffenberger in their Preconference session on Wednesday to present the ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors and how to make them work for your school counseling program!!!

2.  VSCA President Paul Harris hopes to welcome you at the President’s Reception on Wednesday, 10/12 from
7:00 – 9:00 with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar! So, come on over to the Convention Center (outside the Exhibit area) and we’ll see you there!

3.  The Graduate Student Level session on Thursday afternoon (last session) will focus on “Tips for Getting Hired” from some of Virginia’s most “seasoned” district supervisors. Come find out what districts are looking for when they hire school counselors!

Two Amazing Keynote Speakers, 80+ breakout sessions, 40+ Exhibitors, NEW VSCA merchandise, the awesome Embassy Suite breakfast and social hour……COME ENJOY!!!! There will be chances to hear from Joe Wharff from the State Department and also VSCA’s lobbyist David Bailey (who is advocating for that 1:250 ratio)! So much, so much…..you don’t want to miss it!

Sweet Tea, Butter Biscuits and another school year!

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August 2016

Welcome back, MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNSELORS!

VSCA is SUPER excited about our work and continuing to advocate for school counselors all over the state.  All the hard work we do is for…YOU!  I am ELATED to team up with fellow “Country Girl” and Middle School VP-Elect, Becky Collier this year.  We are both from the same small town of Martinsville, Virginia.  (Becky’s mom was my 3rd grade teacher!)  Becky and I look forward to serving you with energy, passion and (of course!) southern charm!

Consider the following “school- opening essentials” to make the start to your year a successful one:

*Some examples are ones that I use in my current position on the elementary level.  The general idea/ components will be the same for any level.  

  • Present a “Meet the Counselor” lesson to students to remind/ refresh them on:
    • The role of a school counselor
    • How to use you/ your department as a resource
    • Expectations/ habits for academic, career and behavior/ personal/ social success
    • Any procedures/ upcoming events that you want to highlight at the beginning of the year.  (While minds are “fresh”!)
  • Plan out a “year at a glance” and be sure that each person in your department, administrators and teachers (if appropriate) have a copy.  *This will help when selecting good time frames and avoiding SUPER busy times of the year.  Planning this way also creates accountability and keeps everyone on task/ target.
  • Plan a “School Counseling Program Proposal” and/ or a “Classroom Guidance Lesson Curriculum” to share with administrators.  This communicates a collaborative voice from your department and shows your consistency/ plans for the upcoming year.  (Be “one step ahead” of being assigned excessive duties by showing how busy you will be serving students and ensuring overall school success!)
  • Utilize VSCA’s or ASCA’s crosswalk action plan document template to show how your program will directly align with state standards/ national mindsets and behaviors.

Best wishes on the year ahead!  My wish is that you will be empowered to be dynamic, skilled and creative professionals.  Work each day to make the positive difference beyond your wildest dreams!

Sincerely,

Jentae Mayo- VSCA Middle Level VP

Please CLICK HERE to view this message in welcome letter form/ as a pdf.

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Below are some great websites for resources to start the year off right!

RESOURCES

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Don’t forget to register for this year’s conference in Hampton, Virginia!  You will NOT be disappointed!  Your VP’s are busy planning an AWESOME session just for you!

Don’t miss it!

Click HERE for conference details!

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WE WANT YOUR IDEAS!  (We will give you credit- we promise!)  To submit ideas or resources please e-mail us at vscamiddlevp@gmail.com