Mrs. Sherry Galkiewicz
I can’t believe we are halfway through the school year! Time certainly goes fast. Please take a minute to see the students who made Honor Roll for the second marking period. Students were awarded in front of their teachers and peers followed by a breakfast. We are so excited to welcome families back to celebrate their student’s accomplishments.
Elementary students are still working hard on earning Irish Bucks. Students can earn them by displaying responsibility, resilience, and respect to themselves and others here at MCS. When students earn an Irish Buck they put it in for a drawing for a chance to earn a small prize. Keep earning those bucks, elementary!
Secondary students now have their own Positive Behavior Instructional Support (PBIS) program. At the secondary level students are earning Shamrocks that can be turned in for small prizes as well. Ask your students if they’ve earned a Shamrock and how they got it!
10th grade students visited the SAEC BOCES campus in December to learn about the CTE programs available to them for their junior and senior years. We also welcomed visitors to talk about additional programs students have the opportunity to participate in, including Early College Career Academy at the SUNY Adirondack campus and New Visions internship programs.
Casey King, a counselor from the ESSEX County Prevention Team comes into the school once a week to teach students about safety choices and staying away from substances that can lead to poor choices. This week he brought in a pair of pig lungs to demonstrate to students the negative effects smoking has on lungs. This was a wonderful learning opportunity for all the students at MCS.
We are headed into scholarship season, if any seniors are interested in scholarship opportunities please let me know how I can help you.
Career exploration opportunities will be available to students. This is an essential part of the school counseling program. By exposing students to career options, we help them set goals and schedule them in line with what their goals are. When students are focused on goals, they have something to work towards and aspire to leading to greater academic and career success. A great dinner topic could simply be “What jobs are you interested in?” or “What are your future goals?”
As we turn the corner to the end of year, students 6-12 can expect to meet with me to check in and plan their schedules for the upcoming year. I will do my best to help them get the courses they are looking for into their schedules.
Transition meetings for 6th and 8th grade students will be coming up, dates TBD.
Finally, if anyone is interested in being a member of the Minerva Counseling Advisory Council I welcome you to reach out to me. This council meets 2 times a year to review how the school counselor meets the needs of students and receives essential community feedback.
Senior Scholarship Announcements
Scholarship Resources for Seniors
Minerva Community Scholarship - June 3rd
The Rotary Club of North Creek Scholarship - June 14
Eastern Contractors Assoc., Inc. Scholarship - July 1
Applications are available in the Guidance Office, clicking the link above or by using the contact form to the left.