Mrs. Girard's page
I am Jodi Girard and I will be your child's' school counselor for the next 3 years. As the 7th grade counselor, I will do my best to assist your children experience a productive, happy and successful school year. My number one priority is to work together with parents, students and teachers to ensure a smooth transition and that all students grow academically, socially, and emotionally. I truly believe that communication between home and school plays an important role in a child's school success, so always feel free to contact me via phone or email.
As the School Year begins, here are some tips to ensure a smooth transition for parents and students:
1. Impose the two-week rule. With later bedtimes over the summer, children need to ease back into their school routine rather than having a sudden change their first day of school. Using the last two weeks of summer to re-introduce a school year bedtime routine will make waking up on that first day a lot easier.
2. Reintroduce regular meal times. During summer months, kids tend to grab a snack several times during the day. Parents can start reminding students to get back into a three-meal-a-day schedule in order to regulate their system into the back-to-school mode. Nutrition is an important factor in academic performance, and eating a healthy, balanced breakfast and lunch keeps kids alert throughout the day.
3. Create a family calendar. Time management is tricky for everyone, especially kids and teens, but planning is an important way to save everyone’s sanity. Having major deadlines, due dates, events and extracurricular activities in one place helps kids visualize their week, manage their time and stay on track.
4. Don’t ditch good habits. If you and your child have established a good summer learning routine, when school starts try not to forsake all of the fun reading, writing and art activities that kept your child engaged all summer.
1. Get organized. Organization is not overrated. Keeping notes, projects and reading materials in logical order helps students find what they need right away, cutting down on time spent tracking things down, and allowing more time for actual studying.
2. Take good notes. Yes, it does matter. Taking good notes helps keep kids’ grades up, especially in middle or high school. To boost note-taking skills, students should practice picking out the “main ideas” in conversations, news reports, or magazine articles.
3. Concentrate. Staying focused is easier for some kids than others. Students need to do their best to avoid distractions in class. This means keeping cell phones tucked away and being vocal if a chatty classmate is too distracting.
4. Speak up. Students often can get tripped up by homework or test instructions. Students should know it’s OK to speak up if they don’t understand testing or homework directions. Students should also listen carefully and spend plenty of time reading directions.
Dealing with Social Obstacles in 7th Grade:
Helping your child make friends in Middle School
Helping your child deal with Social Exclusion
11/16- End of First Marking Period
12/4/18- Vaping and E-Cig Facts and Prevention for Parents- 7-8pm, Matawan Regional High School
Vaping and E-Cig Presentation Flyer
Candlelight Vigil – Tuesday, December 11th-
Marlboro High School, 6:00PM. Please join the Marlboro High School students for this annual event as we are reminded of the importance of a safe holiday season.
Why Social Media is Not Smart for Middle Schoolers:
Why are Kids so Anxious these Days: