Monday, December 12, 2016

SCREENAGERS - 2nd Showing

Dear EWG Parents and Community:  

Many thanks to the parents who attended the film "SCREENAGERS" last week.  Your feedback, insights, enthusiasm and desire to share with others was fabulous and contagious!!  We continue to receive requests for a second showing for parents who were unable to attend.  Due to this outpouring of heightened interest, we are going to have another evening event sometime in the January timeframe and/or before the February break.  

Please know that all parents and community members are invited and encouraged to attend because this applies to all our elementary, middle and senior high students.  Due to the research highlighted in this documentary, we need to educate ourselves and support one another about its impact on our students' overall wellbeing - mental, physical, emotional and social needs. 

As soon as we have a definite date, we'll let you know right away.  

Until then, thanks for all your support in our ongoing efforts to keep your child safe, healthy and well balanced!  

Catherine Murray, Middle School Counselor

P.S.  Please click on:  www.screenagersmovie.com for more info.  

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Adolescent Stressors

The current national data on the American Adolescent indicates that anxiety and depression numbers are increasing for ages 12 - 18 (6.3 million teens have an anxiety disorder; and, 3 million teens had at least 1 major depressive episode in 1 year).

The key factors attributing to adolescent stressors are (1) feeling overwhelmed; (2) hyperconnectivity from social media and technology (developing brains need rest); and, (3) school pressure - competitiveness in schoolwork and activities, concern about college and future careers. The study concluded this is the "1st generation that can't escape their problems at all."

With such statistics and more in-school cases of anxiety, I worked with several creative, informed and talented 6th graders to produce a presentation which was well received by the entire 6th grade class. The key categories addressed were academic, after school activities, friends, family and technology/social media. Healthy, coping strategies were offered and audience participation was encouraged after the powerpoint presentation.

The presenters were: Abby Hattoy, Becca Kilday, Emily O'Brien, Eve Podraza and Tess Zurawski who did a fabulous job in role modeling and reaching their peers with this very important topic and life skill.





Please view the presenters' powerpoint presentation:

Monday, June 13, 2016

STUDENT VOICE TALK SHOW - Junior High After School Activities

Student Voice (SV) is an after school club of 7th and 8th grade students devoted to interviewing and discussing key issues, activities etc. within the junior high.  The SV members work in collaboration with the senior high's TV Tel Station to produce district and community videos. As part of the 6th grade transition process to the junior high, the SV members interviewed 7th and 8th grade students about the various after school activities which was aired on May 20th during the 6th Grade Visit.  

This is an educational and informative video for our incoming 6th grade students and parents as well as our current junior high students.  Many thanks to our student guests who offered to be interviewed for the creation of this video.  Enjoy!  


Thursday, March 17, 2016

STUDENT VOICE TALK SHOW - Rumors and Self-Esteem

Student Voice (SV) is an after school club of 7th and 8th grade students devoted to interviewing and discussing key issues, activities etc. within the junior high. The SV members work in collaboration with the senior high's TV Tel Station to produce district and community videos. As school counselor, I conducted a student survey for this student population to determine the major areas of concern which are #1 rumors and #2 self-esteem.

Our Student Voice members used this valuable data to create our most recent segment. Please tune-in, enjoy the show and let us know your thoughts, feedback and suggestions.