Staying Connected, Calm & Engaged
Services, support and resources from your Counseling team at Cottonwood High
Dear Students and Families,
First, we really miss seeing you all every day here on campus, and we are thinking of you. While school is in dismissal, we want to share with you some ways to stay connected with us, your teachers, yourself, and your support systems. We also want to share some ways to stay calm, stay healthy and stay engaged with your learning journey from afar.
Mental Health Resources:
For many of you, you may be experiencing a lot of big feelings and a sense of uncertainty. Having those feelings is normal. It is very important that we all take time to reduce our stress and worry by:
* Taking time to breathe slowly, with intention, to settle the nervous system
* Let go of what you can't control
* Practice gratitude and a positive attitude
* Allow your mind and body to rest and reset daily through mindfulness, yoga, art, music, exercise, etc..
* Limit exposure to the news and media
If you need to reach one of us, or talk to your counselor please send us an email. Our contact information is here.
We also want you to know that our School Social Worker, Alisa Webb is available to talk to ANY students that need someone to talk to. You can call her in the office at 385-646-1685 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is eager to help students that may be having a difficult time.
If you have an urgent matter and need to speak with someone day or night, you can call Safe Utah at 833-372-3388 or using their online chat 24 hours a day/7 days a week, to speak with a licensed clinician. They can provide supportive or crisis counseling, suicide prevention and referral services to youth throughout Utah.
In addition, The Granite Education Foundation (385 - 646-KIDS) has kits available for students and families including:
* Hygiene Kits
* Dinner Kits
* Pantry Packs
* Weekend Packs
* Comfort Kits (Kleenex, mint, etc..)
* Use the website or call 385-646-KIDS to request these.
Mindfulness Exercises & Resources
* Follow the Granite School District MTSS page at https://www.facebook.com/GSDMTSS/
* Visit Calm.com for free meditations, stories, music, talks and more, all hand- picked to support your mental and emotional wellness.
We also want to be sure you know about the free resources for students at this time. Comcast has announced an Internet Essentials program for low-income families. New customers will receive 60 days of free Internet. For more information visit www.corporate.comcast.com/covid-19
With many of you online more than usual, please take the following precautions for your own safety. Visit www.netsmartzkids.org/ for more information.
Academic, College & Career Resources & Updates
11th Grade College and Career Planning (CCRP) Meetings:
Juniors, your CCRP appointments were scheduled to begin March 16th. Due to the school dismissal the meetings have been moved to an online platform. Please check your email. Your Counselor sent you an email earlier this week. This email has very important information about your progress towards graduation, senior year planning, credit recovery and so much more! PLEASE COMPLETE ALL THE CCRP STEPS HERE BEFORE THE END OF MARCH.
11th Grade ACT: The Utah State ACT administration is still scheduled for April 7th. We will keep you updated if there are any changes. This is a great time to continue your preparation to take the ACT. HERE are some great study resources. ACT Academy also has free prep resources HERE.
12th Grade: All 12th graders that need credit recovery were emailed earlier this week by their counselor with information about what credits they need to graduate. Please look for this email. If you have not seen it and believe you need credit recovery, contact your counselor immediately. This is an opportunistic time to complete any looming credits that you may have. For a full list of credit recovery options click HERE.
9th & 10th Grade: The Aspire test is still scheduled for April 14th. We will keep you updated if there are any changes. This is a great time to continue your preparation to take the ASPIRE. HERE is a link to Shmoop Test Prep for Cottonwood High Students (Please use your GSD accounts to sign in).
All Students: College & Career Exploration: For college and career planning check out utahfutures.org. Here you can explore colleges, learn about different careers, explore scholarships, prepare for tests, explore your career interests and more.
Virtual College Campus Tours: Because many college's are closing their campuses and spring break is a great time to visit colleges- use this time to take some virtual college tours at https://campustours.com/
A Message from your Peer Leadership Team: Take Time to OWN your education. Ownership means logging into Canvas every day, participating in your classroom lessons, activities, assignments, testing and more. Contact your teacher if you need help. We are all here for you and want you to succeed so that everyone can come back ready to take the next step forward. We all need to do the next right thing! (Any Frozen II fans out there?) Check out their video HERE.
Cottonwood Food Pantry: The CHS Food Pantry is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 - 12:30 for any Cottonwood High students and families in need of food and supplies.
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Please be sure to check out our website at coltscounseling.com and our Blog for regular updates. Take care and we hope to see you all back here soon!