Counseling News

Challenge Day

Challenge Day is an all day event where students can learn to connect and build self-esteem, address peer pressure and reduce the acceptability of teasing, oppression and all forms of violence. All 7th grade students have an opportunity to participate this year. They should have brought home a form with more information and the date that they are scheduled to attend. If you do NOT want your child to participate, please fill out the bottom portion of that form or email your child's counselor by March 13th.

The following Homeroom classes will attend on March 20th: Lynes, Aguilar, Owen, McCartney, and Francis (A-G students only)

The following Homeroom classes will attend on March 22nd: Francis (H-Z students only), Lee/Bravo, Squire, Wu, and Lugo

We still need adult volunteers to help at this event. This is an all day commitment (9:00-3:45), and it will be held on campus in the Multi-Use room @ Cunha. All that's needed to volunteer is a willingness to participate in the activities and facilitate a small group discussion. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Janice Lee, at [email protected].


Current 6th and 7th Graders:

Registration has begun for the 23-24 classes! Please view the slides from the presentation that the counselors gave to the students this week. Included within the slides are course descriptions and links to the Google Forms.

Current 6th Grader Link:

Current 7th Grader Link:

Attention 8th Graders!

Course Request Form: Due to your Cunha counselor on Friday, February 10th. If you were absent, see your counselor to pick up a form. Click here to see the presentation given by the HMBHS counselors.
Advanced Course Contract: Supplemental form for any AP or Advanced courses. Must be turned in with the Course Request Form.
Student Planning Guide: Course descriptions, pre-requisites, graduation requirements, everything is in here!

Check back here for information regarding HMBHS Course Selection!

Talking Points and Tips for Parents Dealing with Traumatic Events

Many of us are processing the recent events at Robb Elementary. At the same time, we are responsible and deeply invested in addressing the emotions and concerns of the students that we see everyday. Below are several conversation starters that you may want to use with your children:

  • What do you know about the events that occurred?
  • How do you feel about what happened?
  • What questions do you have?
  • How do you determine what is fact versus opinion?

Here are additional tips for supporting children:

  • Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
  • Limit exposure to television and the news.

  • Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
  • Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.
  • Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things.
  • Families and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
  • Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.

Additional Resources:

Response to Bullying

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.


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

Remote Learning Counseling Info

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

Independent Study PE (ISPE)

Click here for information and the application

Cunha Clubs 20-21

Please contact your counselor if you are interested in starting a club.

Yoga Club (please contact Mrs. Angst for more information) 

Origami Club (please contact Mrs. Mote for more information) 

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