Sunday, August 25, 2013

Students for Students Raffle

I am also the club sponsor for our school service club, Students for Students. We will be doing a plethora of community service projects this year, along with fundraising, team building, meetings, and hopefully an end of the year trip! I love being helpful to our community so I can't wait to get this year started with our club!
By day I am a school counselor, on the side I'm also a Creative Partner for Initials, Inc. Check out my website here So I donated some items that I had in my stock for a raffle! Tickets are $1 for 1 ticket or $2 for 3 tickets. Drawing to be held September 16th :) Here's our big amazing prize worth over $250! Hopefully we raise lots of money!!
Want to get a ticket? Message me :)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Staff Back to School Treat

I like to treat my staff occasionally and what a better time than the beginning of the year! I like to make work a fun place to be and create a happy environment. What is happier than chocolate?! I made these out of kit kat bars, ribbon, and cute little treat bags. I found everything I needed at Walmart, except the ribbon I already had it due to a previous scrapbooking addiction. I made the labels myself, but they were also Pinterest inspired. You can find the original inspiration here. 

"Hope you enjoyed your BREAK This is just in case you need another! From Your Friendly Guidance Department"

They were a huge hit among my staff!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Bulletin Boards 2013-2014

It has been my experience that Secondary Schools lack the enthusiastic nature of an Elementary School. However, as a School Counselor I take on the challenge to try to create that enthusiasm with in my staff and my building! One of the ways I like to encourage this is decorating creatively or as us in education call it, Bulletin Boards! Some people hate them, I love them!  There aren’t as many fun ideas for Secondary Schools because it has to be considered “cool” by teenagers. So Dr. Seuss out? We’ll see what the year brings lol For now, I have been lucky enough to adopt FOUR bulletin boards at my new school. I’m not sure if that’s a good sign that they already love me and trust me to decorate the school or if that means no one else wanted them haha either way, I win!

Without further ado (or adieu? Where’s an English teacher when you need them?!) here are my bulletin boards!

This one is in my office. It is Pinterest inspired! Check out the original here. I found the US map on ebay and bought it for like 12 bucks. My husband, a history teacher, tells me I could have found one cheaper at Walmart, but I never did.... I emailed my new staff and asked them where they graduated from in undergrad. Then I made Stars with each of the colleges and hand wrote the names of the staff on the stars. Then I found each city that the colleges were in and put a push pin in the map. I have already gotten a lot of compliments from parents, students, and staff!

This board is right outside of our office. It will contain information about scholarships, PSAT's, SATS, etc. (I'm going to be working on the "Guidance" title for any other school counselors out there who see this.)

 Student of the Month is a student recognition program that I ran at my last school. It was so successful and I'm excited to start one here! This bulletin board is directly outside of the main office. It will soon be filled with winners of Student of the Month!

 Students for Students is a Community Service club at my school that I have proudly and excitedly inherited. Soon the middle of this board will have pictures in the middle of my club members working in the community. :) This board was also Pinterest inspired. As seen here.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Secondary School Counselor

Hi! My name is Brittany and I'm a licensed School Counselor in rural Virginia. I have spent 5 years working in an 8/9 school and this year will be my first year in an 8-12 high school. I hope to document my experiences, ideas, and ahhh ha moments.