Your LCMS Guidance Department
Ms. Jennifer Fredericks
Ms. Ambreen Farrukh
Ms. Myra Brahms
We Are Here to Help Guide You Through....
The Middle School Counseling Program is designed to focus on improving school climate and increasing academic performance. School wide programs focus on Bullying Prevention and Character Traits. Grade levels focus on career and college Awareness, Study Skills, Goal Setting, and Time Management.
Students may see a counselor for small group and individual counseling to assist with a variety of concerns and problems including:
- Problem solving
- Academic improvement
- Grief and loss
- Crisis intervention
Parents can call the guidance office anytime for a meeting if you have academic, social or personal concerns about your child. The Guidance Office will help to arrange parent-teacher conferences or if requested outside referrals for individual and family counseling. Please call (754) 322-3700 and ask for your grade level "Pride" office.
Top 10 Homework Tips
Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important.
Of course, helping with homework shouldn't mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to take a break. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two!
Here are some tips to guide the way:
- Know the teachers— and what they're looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child's teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
- Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
- Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
- Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there's an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
- Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)
- Make sure kids do their own work. They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it's a kid's job to do the learning.
- Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
- Set a good example. Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their parents' examples than their advice.
- Praise their work and efforts. Post an aced test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives.
- If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about it with your child's teacher. Some kids have trouble seeing the board and may need glasses; others might need an evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder.
Visit your pride office for a list of the 2018-2019 tutors or contact the homework hotline.
Monday - Thursday
4 pm - 8 pm
Broward County Resiliency Center (BCRC)
Our District and our entire community are forever changed by the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. As we begin the 2018/19 school year, we remain focused on building strength as a community and finding ways to heal together.
Broward County Resiliency Center (BCRC), located at the Amphitheatre at Pine Trails Park,10561 Trails End, Parkland, Florida serves all who seek individual, family and group counseling. The center is staffed with three full time licensed clinicians who provide trauma-informed counseling services. The Center offers drop-ins, individual appointments, family therapy ppointments, and group therapy.
Visit browardschools.com/CrisisSupport to read more!