Guidance Counselor

Mrs. Groves   
382-7556 extension 7452
mary.groves@wilmington.k12.oh.us 


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 Activities at WMS

Mini Clubs - a variety of mini clubs are offered throughout the school year.  They range from cooking club, board game club, walking club, FFA club, etc...
The information is announced during morning announcements and students need to pick up a permission slip in the office.  Clubs meet one day after school for approximately 6 weeks.

Advisory - students meet monthly in advisory sessions where we focus on the PeaceBuilders Principles.

College Week - A week during third quarter where we highlight post secondary education through college scavenger hunts, daily announcements about various colleges, video clips about financial aid, and conversations with staff about what college is like.

Real Money/Real World -
8th grade students will spend some time going through a life simulation.  They will be given a career, salary, and children.  They will then have to find housing, transportation, child care, buy groceries, pay taxes, pay credit card bills, utilities, etc...

Laurel Oaks -  All 8th grade students will have the opportunity to visit Laurel Oaks and see the variety of progress that may be available to them as part of their high school career.
 
PeaceBuilders
We are PeaceBuilders at WMS!  
PeaceBuilders is a science-based violence prevention curriculum for grades per-K to 12.  Its essence is a common language - six principles, taught, modeled and practiced throughout school each day.  These same principles set behavioral expectations, reduce aggression, and transform the climate and culture of  school.  
The six principles of PeaceBuilders are:

HURRICANE PRIDE RECOGNITION PROGRAM
Students are recognized by staff member for displaying the PeaceBuilder principles throughout the school day.  Recognized students are announced during the morning announcements and receive a Hurricane Pride band.  
Each month 10 students are randomly selected  and receive Donatos Pizza and soda at lunch as well as a Student of the Month lanyard and pencil.

Bullying

Bullying means repeatedly picking on or hurting another person:
Physically - hitting, tripping, kicking, etc...
Verbally - name-calling, making threats, spreading rumors, etc...
Emotionally - purposefully excluding someone, manipulating friendships, etc...

If your child is being bullied you can help by:
Staying calm and talking to your child and the school.
Reassure your child that you and the school will help them.
Ask questions - Do they know why they are being bullied?  Is there something they can do to  help?
Think of peaceful solutions together - this will help them to gain confidence.

 
Ways to communicate with your teen.
  • Make yourself available for talks and try to have them everyday.
  • Offer praise when deserved and remember to express your love, even if they act like they hear you,  they do.
  • Use good eye contact, it shows them that you have time for them and want to hear what they have to say.
  • Be brief.
  • Don't feel you have to know all the answers.  It's OK to say, "I don't know, let's find out together."