I try to freshen my presentation each year by adding a new perspective or new stories, but this year I think it is time for a new approach all together. I have been serving the same community for 6, next year will make 7, years; so I think by now they all know I am a Professional School Counselor and what that means for their family & the community.
Thanks to Twitter, I stumbled upon this website & now I will be able to liven and improve my whole presentation with very little time or effort. I also decided to use Haiku Deck, instead of Prezi to really bring a personal touch to my presentation. Check out my Class of 2018 Freshman Orientation Haiku Deck here.
Each family will get a packet with my School Counseling brochure, which outlines the services I provide, so I will only briefly touch on that information from a preventative counseling standpoint. Families will also receive these materials:
- Event Agenda
- Student Course Request Roster (to verify the courses that will be used to make their schedule)
- Course Sequence Quick Look
- School Counseling Services Brochure
- Counselor Connection Newsletter
- Parent Information about Electronic Student Portfolios
- Extra-Curricular Clubs/Sports Involvement Pledge Form & Survey
- Bully Prevention materials for Parents (What you can Do & What you Should Know)
- Cyberbullying Family Tip Sheet
- Privacy & Digital Footprints Family Tip Sheet
- Ten Keys to Happier Living
- Event Evaluation
- Online access via my website to Get Set for High School
The majority of my time will be spent on sharing "The 10 Keys to Happier Living" and how integrating them into both the student and the parents life can make the transition a little smoother and help them experience success all four years of high school and beyond.
As I prepared for tonight's event I did a brief survey on Twitter, asking other school counselors in my PLN, "What's the #1 thing you tell parents at your freshman orientation event?" Here's what my Tweeps had to say:
@FSabens Make sure the students do ALL their homework.
— Ross Wolfson (@rawolfson) March 10, 2014
@FSabens @SCCrowd Ask questions of everyone. Make sure you understand everything. Think about college/scholarships now, not in Grade 12.
— Beth Allan (@adolwyn) March 10, 2014
@FSabens How I can help them as a School Counselor - Academics, Pers/Soc, College/Career #scchat
— Chris Wood (@ChrisWood415) March 10, 2014
@FSabens everything matters. Get involved in sports and/or organizations. How as their SC I can help. Make positive choices. #hscchat
— Amber Shepherd (@AmberShepherd) March 10, 2014
@FSabens get involved in at least one group or activity! #scchat
— NorthUnion-MrsWillis (@NUHSguidance) March 10, 2014
Please share your Freshman Orientation Tips for success below in the Comments section...