This last quarter has been an exciting one! Our Guidance department has been busy with a variety of student activities in the areas of career development, social emotional development, and the celebration of academic achievement.

For career development, our 8th Grade students participated in the CHOICES Career program in January led by Ms. Holzum.  Sixth graders will have Career lessons 4th Quarter.
  Later in January, the RBSMS Guidance Department sponsored our 2nd annual Erase The Hate Week January 27-31st.  It was full of activities and events designed to decrease conflict and increase student acceptance of differences.
Students watched videos that communicated such positive messages and then designed stunning quilt squares with artwork promoting these messages of tolerance and acceptance.These squares were “woven” into a Unity Quilt that was displayed during our Stomp Out Hate Dance on Friday, January 31st.
Also during this busy week, the Guidance Department recognized our Honor Roll students with a ceremony on 1/28.  Our school’s next Honor Roll ceremony will take place Friday, May 2nd in our cafeteria. The ceremony for our 7th and 8th graders will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m.  and the ceremony for our 6th graders will begin at 2 p.m.
In addition to assisting students, staff, and parents with personal, social, and academic support,  the articulation and registration process has kept counselors very busy getting next year’s students registered for their classes in grades 6-9.  Counselors have coordinated with our 4 main feeder schools (as well as 4 others) at the elementary level and with the main high schools our students feed to:  ZHS, WCHS, and LOLHS.
The RBSMS counseling department has been focused on assisting current and futurestudents, staff, and parents with  the wide variety of choices our school is pleased to be featuring next year:  AVID, High School Credit courses, and Infinity.  Counselors have sponsored more than a half dozen                                 field trips to our various elementary and high school feeder schools, presented several times at our most recent Community Connections Night on Taming Test Anxiety, as well as presenting at Parent University Night for current 5th graders who will be joining our school next year as 6th graders.  Assisting students, staff, and parents to ensure a successful registration process has been a significant part of this quarter!