Middle School Counseling
Classroom Guidance for each grade level has started. Lessons are from 12:45–1:15 PM twice a month for each grade level. Mondays will be 6th grade, Wednesdays will be 7th grade, and Fridays will be 8th grade. Look for it on your Class Connect schedule soon!
I cannot wait to work with students in grades 6–8 this year at GCA! I received my BS in education from the University of Georgia and my master's in school counseling from Valdosta State University. I began my education career in 2013 and joined Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA) in 2017.
Students will participate in our Middle School Counseling Program through monthly grade-level specific Classroom Guidance lessons, weekly Lunch Bunch and Character Education lessons, and Small Group Counseling Sessions when needed.
I am committed to encouraging and supporting all students and families to ensure their success here at GCA!
6–8 Counselor's Live Help
Live help sessions will be offered on Fridays at 8:30 AM.
Please use this link for Anna Wells Nesbit's Classroom.
Take a Break... Come to Lunch with Anna's Bunch...
This is a virtual opportunity for students to chat; go into breakout rooms to play chess, checkers, color, do word searches, etc.; and to socialize every Friday at 12 PM. To access this activity: http://tinyurl.com/mslunchbunch1718
What is the Bridge Law?
The BRIDGE (Building Resourceful Individuals to Develop Georgia's Economy) Act, House Bill 400, was signed into law in May 2010, to create an atmosphere motivating middle school and high school students to learn because they see the relevance of education to their dreams and future plans. The implementation of the BRIDGE Act provides middle- and high-school students with career counseling and regularly scheduled advisement to choose a focused plan of study.
How will GCA complete the Bridge Law?
Click on the following grade levels below to access the directions on how to complete each grade level's requirements:
6th Grade: Career Cluster Inventory 48 questions –Coming Soon
7th Grade: Interest Profiler 60 questions and save 3 career clusters –Coming Soon
8th Grade: Career Cluster Inventory 48 questions, Interest Profiler 60 questions and save 3 careers –Coming Soon
Middle School Career Web Resources
- Jobs and Careers at kids.gov
- Career Quiz at schoolfinder.com
- Careers at careerkids.com
- Career videos at Bureau Labor Statistics (bls.gov)
- Career Education—Teacher Resources at knowitall.org
- Career Exploration at breitlinks.com
- Career Planning Tools at CollegeCareerLifePlanning.com
- Georgia Career Information System Jr. (Fee Based)
- Career Activities at America's Job Bank
- Career Resources at CareerOneStop.org
- Career Resources at VocationalInformationCenter.com
- My Career at mynextmove.org
Struggling to keep up with school, home life, etc.?
Make a to-do list every day.
Put the most important tasks at the top of the list—even if they're things you're dreading—and tackle them first. Include things you want to do on your list, too, so you have items you're looking forward to. Try motivating yourself with a reward if you get to everything on your list. That way, if you find yourself with extra time—while on the train or bus or waiting for an appointment—you can get something done.
Don't be afraid to say no.
It's OK to say no if your friend asks you to go to a movie one night but you have a test the next morning. Instead, find a time that works for both of you and go see the movie then.
Find your productive time.
Are you a morning person or a night person? You'll be more efficient if you work when you're at your best.
Create a dedicated study time.
Set up a time devoted only to studying or homework. Shut off your phone and respond to calls or texts when your work is finished. Don't check email or surf the web (except when you need to complete the work you're doing) during this time either.
Budget your time.
Figure out how much time you usually spend on your activities and then create a weekly schedule to follow. Determine how much free time you have before you add any commitments. And don't forget to schedule time to relax. Consider setting a timer to help with time limits and to remind you to move on to the next task.
Don't get sidetracked.
If you find yourself wasting time on unimportant things, stop, check your to-do list, and get back to what's at the top. Maybe you're procrastinating because you're not sure how to move forward on a school project. If that's the problem, check with your teacher to clear things up, so you can get moving.
Get a good night's sleep.
Your brain needs rest to perform at its peak. If it's time to sleep, list the things you still need to get done on the next day's to-do list and go to bed.
More articles and information can be found at collegeboard.org.
Are you or your student feeling anxious?
Some Tips for Stress and Anxiety
- Use a stress ball. (Some people use Play-Doh to take the stress out through their hands.)
- Use a worry stone. (Find a rock and let your child decorate it. When they are worried, then can hold their stone and give their worries to it.)
- Practice deep breathing. (The technique is to pretend they are smelling the roses and blow out the candle.)
- Blow bubbles (Use soapy bubbles or chewing gum.)
- Create a coping skills book. (Have your child draw or write things that make them happy or feel better and use a stapler or yarn to create and hold the book together. Then they can refer back to it in the moment.)
- Make sure your child does things they enjoy. It will help keep a healthy balance.
Resources for Anxiety
Anxiety 101: https://www.anxietybc.com/parenting/anxiety-101
The ABCs of Anxiety: https://www.anxietybc.com/parenting/abcs-anxiety
For Parents, What to Do and What Not to Do When Your Child Is Anxious: http://childmind.org/article/what-to-do-and-not-do-when-children-are-anxious
5 Ways to Deal with Anxiety: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/anxiety-tips.html?WT.ac=ctg
Need help resolving grief?
Resources for Grieving Students
How to Help a Grieving Child: http://www.dougy.org/grief-resources/how-to-help-a-grieving-child
Grief Resources: http://www.dougy.org/grief-resources/help-for-kids
Programs in Georgia: https://childrengrieve.org/programs-georgia
Please fax/email all requests to 877.890.5486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GCA Counseling Mission
The mission of the Georgia Cyber Academy's Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive guidance program that will assist all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become effective students, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners. The student services program is an integral part of the school's total program, with a commitment to individual uniqueness and the maximum development of human potential. The program addresses the personal/social, educational, and career needs and desires of all GCA high school students. The department's ultimate goal is for students to graduate with the competencies necessary to be able to make self-directed, realistic, and responsible decisions and to be successful contributors to society. (Guidelines adapted from the ASCA National Model)