Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Find links to all past Senior Session presentations on the College/Career Resources page
• Burlington and Essex Technical Center Student/Parent/Guardian Resource
Get answers to questions about our vocational programs with links to upcoming and pre-recorded virtual program tours.
• BigFuture Days College Fair
College Board is hosting their first-ever series of virtual college fairs called BigFuture™ Days. They encourage sophomores and juniors to sign up for a chance to connect directly with college admissions representatives and current college students. Students will have a chance to explore colleges in a way that's not overwhelming, ask questions about topics they want to learn about, and take action on key college planning steps.
• Scholarships for Vermonters 2021/2022
VSAC's 2021/2022 scholarship booklet is now available. Access online or pick up a copy in Student Services. Application submission deadline is Feb. 11, 2021.
News From Your Counselors
We’re already one quarter through this very unique school year and it’s hard to believe that it’s already November! Students are getting settled into their routines and we are regularly hearing themes connected to academic motivation and emotional well-being. As you spend more time inside during the cold months ahead, we wanted to pass along some readings that may be helpful to check out while you’re curled up with your blanket in front of the wood stove.
There are many factors attributing to students’ decreased motivation and this article, How to Do School When Motivation Has Gone Missing by Psychologist Lisa Damour, does a nice job of making meaning of motivation and offers suggestions about how parents can support their children at home. She also provides useful guidance for teenagers on staying “steady” in the turmoil of the pandemic in her article Dear Teenagers, Here's How to Protect Your Emotional Well Being.
We are also hearing from some students that they are struggling with negative moods and feeling sad and isolated. The article Signs of Depression During the Pandemic helps parents to identify the signs of depression, steps for engaging with your child, and suggestions on how to seek help.
If you are noticing any of the following behaviors that last for longer than two weeks, it is important to talk with your child and reach out for help.
- Unusual sadness or irritability, persisting even when circumstances change
- Loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed
- Reduced feelings of anticipation
- Changes in weight
- Shifts in sleep patterns
- Harsh self-assessment (“I’m ugly. I’m no good. I’ll never make friends.”)
- Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness
- Thoughts of or attempts at suicide
With that being said, we know that many teens really are doing okay. In fact, we have seen our students grow and learn new skills over the past eight months. The article Teens Did Surprisingly Well In Quarantine from The Atlantic shares some interesting insights; highlighting benefits of more sleep and more contact time with family members.
We’re here for you and your students as we continue to navigate these unique times. Please reach out to us when questions arise or when you need a little extra support.
All the best,
Kristen, Chris, Toni, Sammie and Rebecca
- MMU School Counselors
• A note about Driver’s Ed:
Each year we get many questions about how to register for driver’s education at MMU. The first thing students need to do in order to get on our driver’s ed list is to bring their permit to Student Services to be copied. This makes one eligible for the class. Each semester, we schedule the oldest students whose permits are on file.
• College Admission Representatives:
Pease schedule visits to Mt. Mansfield Union High School at RepVisits