You are nearly to the halfway mark of your sophomore year! Which means you are three quarters of the way to the halfway mark of your high school experience!!! That's enough fractions for now... but it is a great reminder of how far you have come! This coming month will be filled with hours of revising, studying, taking exams, end of semester celebrations, time with family, friends, travels, and hopefully rest and relaxation. In the counseling office we are here to cheer you on and help you get to the end-of-semester finish line!
Career Path Investigation Naviance - December 4
During November, you began career research in your seminar classes. You completed the Career Interest Profiler and most of you were able to identify two to four areas from Holland's Codes that reflect your overall interests and preferred working environment. The six quadrants were: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. Using the results from the "Do What You Are" and "Career Interest Profiler" assessments, you added possible career options to a list on Naviance. The next step was to complete the Career Path Investigation where you researched TWO career possibilities. This assignment included 38 questions to complete - including four questions that require a conversation with your parents. If you need assistance or have any questions regarding this assignment please email your counselor or stop in to the counseling office. Please be sure to complete the Career Path Investigation by December 4, 2017.
Sleep Deprivation is an Epidemic among Teens - article by Ruthann Richter for Stanford Medicine
Sleep deprivation increases the likelihood teens will suffer myriad negative consequences, including an inability to concentrate, poor grades, drowsy-driving incidents, anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide and even suicide attempts. According to a 2006 National Sleep Foundation poll, the organization’s most recent survey of teen sleep, more than 87 percent of high school students in the United States get far less than the recommended eight to 10 hours, and the amount of time they sleep is decreasing — a serious threat to their health, safety and academic success. Sleep deprivation increases the likelihood teens will suffer myriad negative consequences, including an inability to concentrate, poor grades, drowsy-driving incidents, anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide and even suicide attempts. It’s a problem that knows no economic boundaries.
Carolyn Walworth, 17, often reaches a breaking point around 11 p.m., when she collapses in tears. For 10 minutes or so, she just sits at her desk and cries, overwhelmed by unrelenting school demands. She is desperately tired and longs for sleep. But she knows she must move through it, because more assignments in physics, calculus or French await her. She finally crawls into bed around midnight or 12:30 a.m. The next morning, she fights to stay awake in her first-period U.S. history class, which begins at 8:15. She is unable to focus on what’s being taught, and her mind drifts. “You feel tired and exhausted, but you think you just need to get through the day so you can go home and sleep,” said the Palo Alto, California, teen. But that night, she will have to try to catch up on what she missed in class. And the cycle begins again. “It’s an insane system. … The whole essence of learning is lost,” she said. Continue readinghere.