Counseling News

Spanish Placement Test

Peer Helpers

Peer Helpers is an 8th grade elective where students are trained to meet with their peers to offer support and an empathetic ear. Possible topics include: organization, tutoring, conflict mediation, family issues, moving, transition to middle school, etc. Peer Helpers hold meetings independently with the direct or indirect supervision of a school counselor/teacher. Students also work towards improving school climate by hosting kindness events and educating peers on relevant topics.

Requests for a Peer Helper meeting can be made by filling out the attached form.



Response to Bullying

At Cunha, we value a positive school culture, allowing all students to express themselves openly and without fear of judgement. We take a strong stance against bullying and have made it our top priority to ensure the safety and well-being of all students. Counselors recently went into all 6th grade Social Studies classrooms to present Anti-Bullying presentations for students. Topics for 6th grade included the definition of bullying, the difference between tattling and telling someone when there's a problem, and "Stop, Walk, and Talk" (our method to alleviate bullying). 

Stop: Tell the person to "stop" in a clear loud voice. Make sure they know that you are not joking and exactly what behavior you want them to stop.

Walk: Walk away from the person. Create distance and avoid them wherever possible. If it is in class, ask the teacher to move seats.

Talk: Tell someone, any trusted adult. Let them know what is happening and that you need help.

We encourage students to visit the counseling office if they are feeling uncomfortable, unsafe, or unhappy at school and urge parents to do the same. If you are worried about your child please let us know.

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Stop Bullying

Teen Health and Wellness Hotlines

Teens Against Bullying

Stomp Out Bullying

The Trevor Project

Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network

If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless, helpless, or thinking of suicide tell someone right away or contact The National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK


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"Heart of Compliments"created by the 6th graders for their Anti-Bullying Presentations

UPCOMING EVENTS

December 10th and 11th: HMBHS Spanish Placement Test

Any 8th grader that is interested in taking Spanish for Spanish Speakers I next year must take the placement test. Please see the flyer to the left for more information.

January 24th: HMBHS Counselor Visits

8th graders will meet with their high school counselors during Social Studies to learn about course options at HMBHS. They will receive their Course Request Forms that day and must turn them in completed and signed by January 31st.

January 24th: Shadow Day

Out-of-district students that are interested in attending Cunha are invited to participate in Shadow Days. Please complete the attached form and return to the Cunha office to reserve a spot. Space is limited!

Shadow Request Form