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Counselor’s Corner

August 2017

Caroline Graham, Counselor

Email Address: caroline.graham@carrollcountyschools.com
Phone number: 770-258-1778

 

 

Hello! Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! My name is Caroline Graham and I am the school counselor here at Bowdon Middle School. This is my 4th year here at BMS and I am so blessed to get to work with such a wonderful faculty, student body, and group of parents!  Please contact me if I can assist you or your child in any way.

 

The main goal of my job is to help your child through the wonderful, and sometimes challenging, middle school years by assisting with academic achievement, helping provide a safe school environment, leading a school-wide character education program by providing career guidance lessons, individual counseling and small group counseling, as well as providing access to resources for all students at BMS. 

 

Please feel free to call me, or stop in so that we can meet face to face. I am truly delighted to have the opportunity to serve you and our BMS students!

 

Best Regards,

 

Caroline Graham

 

Things to Know from the Counselor’s Desk:

 

August Character Words of the Week:

 

  • Self-Respect – Pride and belief in one’s self and in achievement of one’s potential.
  • Respect for Others – Concern and motivation to act for the welfare of others.
  • Respect for Authority – Respect for those individuals who are in positions of authority.
  • Respect for the Environment-The conservation and care of your surroundings and planet Earth.

 

 Houses of Champions

 

At Bowdon Middle School we are growing champions every day, so we have a school-wide program called Houses of Champions.  The 3 houses are called: Champion White (6th Grade),  Champion Black (7th Grade), and Champion Red (8th Grade).

 

I would like to take a minute to tell you about each house and what they represent.

 

 Champion White - White is often associated with being pure and good. The color white is reflective and stimulates openness, growth, and creativity. It offers a sense of peace and tranquility, comfort and hope, and helps give a sense of order and efficiency. Members of this house will be known as “Ambassadors of Peace”. Their main focus will be to encourage a bully-free school zone and promote positive behavior.

 

Champion Black - Black is a powerful color that symbolizes class and elegance. Black involves self-control and discipline, independence, and a strong will. Black indicates a sense of intelligence and protects others from harm by absorbing negativity. Members of this house will be known as “Masters of the Intelligent Mind”. Their main focus will be to encourage students to make smart choices and promote doing your best on benchmarks and assessments and earning A/R Points.

 

Champion Red - The color red indicates strength and perseverance. Being around red can improve the self-confidence of those who are shy or are in lack of confidence. The red color signals physical movement and gives us strength and energy. Members of this house will be known as “Leaders of Courage and Strength”. Their main focus will be to be good role models leaders as well as promote attendance.

 

How Houses of Champions Work:

 

  • This school year the 3 houses will compete against each other by earning points in the areas of attendance, behavior, school spirit, assessments and grades, attending special BMS events, and community service projects. The house with the most points will be recognized and rewarded every grading period. 
  • By the Connections Hall, each house will be recognized with banners showing the grade level and what each color represents. There will also be a mailbox for each house to notify every one of house accomplishments as well as house challenges. For example, if the whole grade level of a house has perfect attendance that day, a gold flag will be raised on that house’s mailbox, but if a member of a certain house is in ISS for the day, the red flag on that house’s mailbox may be raised. No individual house member will ever be named because of experiencing a challenge. We will also this year have a Marathon Medal of Attendance that a house has the opportunity to earn the privilege of “holding” at the end of every week. The medal will hang from the house banner of whatever grade level earns it for the week.