Parent Needs Survey

Welcome back, everyone. We are so happy to begin another school year at HIS and look forward to working with your child this year. We have begun our class guidance lessons this week, and we are using our first lesson for students to understand the purpose of guidance and the role of the school counselor.

Please take a moment to complete our Parent Needs Survey. We welcome your feedback as we continue to strengthen our program to meet the needs of our students. Thank you for your time.

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Welcome Back!

What a wonderful first day we had yesterday! We are so happy to have you here at HIS. Our school theme for the year is “Be The Difference.” We look forward to seeing all of the creative, powerful, and kind ways you will be the difference in your family, our school, and the community. Be sure to stop by our bulletin board on the main hallway and write about how you can be the difference.

We’ll see you soon for our first guidance lesson. It’s going to be an awesome year!

~Mrs. Matthews and Mrs. Johnson, School Counselors


December Community Coffee Talk

Today we had the honor of hosting our December Community Coffee Talk with parents of Helena Intermediate School and Helena Elementary School. Our guest speaker was Dr. Lewis Brooks, Assistant Superintendent of Shelby County Schools. He shared how parents can help to instill leadership qualities in their children through serving others. It was very inspiring.

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Parenting Day

What a wonderful day we had for Parenting Day, which was held October 14th! Parents visited classrooms and learned about what made each student and faculty member unique. We also hosted three parent sessions. The speakers did a superb job and relayed some helpful information for the parents in attendance. We had over 500 parents and grandparents attend our events. That’s awesome! Thank you, parents, for your support of your child and our program!

October is here!

We have wonderful things happening this month at Helena Intermediate School. October is designated as National Bullying Prevention Month. HIS counselors are working with students during their guidance time on defining bullying, recognizing bullying behaviors, and learning how to stand up and STAMP out bullying. We will host Bullying Awareness Week October 6-10, 2014. That week will be set aside to share specific information to the student body and parents about bullying.

We are also looking forward to our Parenting Day on Tuesday, October 14, 2014. We are inviting parents to visit classrooms for Unique Me. 8:00-8:45 – Third Grade, 9:30-10:15 – Fifth Grade; 12:30-1:15 – Fourth Grade 

We will also host three parent sessions:

ACT Aspire: What Do These Scores Mean? (8:45-9:45am) – Explaining your child’s standardized test score; ~Brent Tolbert – Shelby County BOE Supervisor of Data Management, Accountability, and Assessment

Don’t Worry, Be Happy (9:45-10:30am) – Strategies for parenting children in their battle with anxiety.~Sherry S. Norwood, MA, LPC  – School-Based Therapist, Gateway Shelby County

My Gifted Child (12;45-1:30pm) – Strategies for understanding and helping the social/emotional side of your gifted child; ~Shelli Abernathy – Gifted Resource Teacher, Helena Intermediate School

We hope that you will be able to attend our sessions. You are also invited to have lunch with your child on that day. We are looking forward to an exciting day!

Lastly, we will host Red Ribbon Week October 27-31, 2014. Red Ribbon Week is designated to discuss student safety and drug awareness/prevention. We will have days when the students may dress up to show their commitment to a drug-free life. That flyer will be coming home soon.

October is going to be a great month!

Getting To Know Each Other

We are now into our third week at H.I.S., and things are moving along. We are now meeting for guidance, and the students are learning about the expectations and getting to know Mrs. Matthews and Mrs. Johnson. It has been fun.

Each month we will focus on a new character word. This month’s word is responsibility, and we are seeing everyday how responsible our students are. We will continue to foster that character in our students and help them thrive throughout the year.


Welcome Back!

Welcome back, everyone, to another wonderful year of school. We had a successful first day, and I know that it’s going to be an awesome school year. I will be serving as the 3rd and 5th grade counselor, and Mrs. Shelly Johnson is our new 4th grade counselor. She and I look forward to a great year with you.

Getting Down to Business

We have successfully completed two weeks of school and a three-day weekend. Now classes are rolling like a well-oiled machine, and students are working hard. We are so proud of their work ethic and desire to do their best.

As we begin the month of September, the Guidance Department will have lessons focusing on bullying awareness and prevention. Next week will mark our School-wide Bullying Awareness Week. We will define bullying and learn strategies on how to recognize bullying and address it appropriately.  Here is our schedule for next week:

Monday – “What is bullying?”

Tuesday – “School-wide anti-bullying pledge”

Wednesday – “Bystanders – Be the Change” (Wear Blue Day)

Thursday – “Accepting Difference – Make Your Mark”

Friday – “Respecting Each Other”

We look forward to a great week of learning and encouraging one another to “Stand up, and speak out!”