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Last Updated on:  March 31, 2023

Welcome to April!
There are alot of happenings happening this month. Try out the interactive April calendar below to combine learning with fun. Just click on any icon to find out what is being celebrated on that day, and follow the link for a fun related activity. 

Check out the Opportunties & Events Bulletin Below! 

Finding Yourself Worrying Alot? Here Are Some Thoughts And Resources 

From The Wellness Society:

Worry is the natural human tendency to think about possible unpleasant outcomes. Worry is a friend of anxiety, where our worries become more general and impact our daily lives. The American Psychological Association explains:

“Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. People with anxiety usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat.”

Here are 5 techniques to help reduce worry:

1. Name your worry - This helps you externalize the worry (places it outside your body rather than inside) which creates some distance between you and the thought. Be playful with this. When Sally (or whomever you’ve named your worry) comes up bugging you with worries, you can say back to yourself “Not today, Sally” or “Thank you for your concern, Sally, though I don’t need your help at this time.” Treat your worry friend as someone with important things to say, but one you’d like to silence at times.

2. The Container Exercise - Bring to mind a container - something you can close and lock up. As you close your eyes, imagine what this container looks like. Think through what color it might be, the material or texture, the type of lock on it, and where you might put the key. As you close your eyes with this container in mind, imagine putting those worries in there and lock it up afterwards. The worries will be there for you if and when you’d like to revisit. You’re free to take them out whenever you’d like. Or, you’re also free to leave them in there.

3. Grounding Exercises - Grounding exercises allow you to be present by accessing the five senses (sight, touch, taste, smell, hearing). As you become more present, worry thoughts often naturally fade away. Here are some ways you can practice grounding:

  • Take a cool or hot drink and notice the taste, temperature, and what the glass feels like

  • Close your eyes and listen to relaxing music

  • Pick a colour then look around you and notice the objects containing that colour. Pick a different colour and repeat this process until you start to feel more grounded

  • Go for a mindful walk

  • Simply notice the sounds you hear in the room or outside

4. Schedule Worry Time - This involves containing your worry within a specific time limit. Set a timer. When worry comes up outside of that timer or set timeframe, you’ll need to practice disengaging with the worry thoughts that arise. You can do this by speaking back to your worry or mind, distracting yourself, reframing or changing your thoughts, or practicing grounding skills mentioned above.

5. "Locust of Control" - There’s limited things you can control, and many things you cannot control. What’s within your control? Perhaps it’s the time you wake up in the morning, or the clothes you wear, or the type of music you listen to. Maybe it’s more like the people you speak to, or the aesthetic in your home.

There are many things out of your control, like traffic during rush hour or how another person responds. Focusing on the items in your control may allow for greater feelings of agency and empowerment.

If your worry becomes unmanageable, it might be time to seek out some additional support through therapy. Therapy’s an avenue to discover the root of worry and learn new coping skills to manage worry.

Remember, pieces of your worry voice may be beneficial or telling you something important. Your worry may keep you aware and focused, propel you into taking action, and possibly make efforts to protect you from suffering or pain.

15 Free Career Sites For High School Students!

Choosing a career that is a good "fit" requires that you can identify your personal interests, values, and skills, and that you research occupations. A meaningful career match is one that supports your interests, values and skills. Through researching occupations that seem to be a good fit with those areas, you can begin to narrow down your career search. Our friends at Money Prodigy have compiled a list of 15 FREE career planning sites for High School Students that will help you! Here they are:



1. Princeton Reviews Career Quiz - After registering (remember, it's free), you answer a series of 24 questions. You'll receive one of 4 "interest colors" for "Your Interest" and "Your Style". You can then tab over to "recommended careers" for a list of occupations specific to your personal interest and style.

2. Career Girls Career Quiz - A personality-based career quiz for girls that offers 35 different characteristics they can check off about themselves (multiple choice is totally allowed). Based on those personality traits, they’ll receive a list of appropriate careers.

3. O*Net Interest Profiler - You will learn about your "RIASEC" (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional) Code, and match to occupations that align with your specific code.

4. On-Line Career Test - Answer 35 questions, register with an email, and then you get your results (on the same screen – not through your email). You will be measured for different career paths. The site also steers you toward the type of coursework you should take based on your results.

5. Career One Stop's Skill Matcher - Career One Stop has figured out 40 workplace skills, and created a skills matcher to help students match their real-life skills with them. You can choose a beginner, basic, skilled, advanced, or expert level in each of the 40 listed workplace skills. In the end, you'll get a list of jobs where your natural skills and the ones you want to develop come into play.


1. Road Trip Nation - A very cool website for students – where young people travel around the US in an Green RV, to talk about and document people in all types of jobs about work that they love, getting lost in their careers, finding their ways, etc. When you click on “Start Your Roadmap”, you'll answer three questions and  then be sent to a page of actual job ideas that list, among other info, the trend on that type of career (how much it’s growing or not growing). Not only that, but you can click over to “Leaders” and “Majors” to get more info/follow in the footsteps of how others got to that position. Here's a sample video about building a career in which you can make a difference:

2. Career Girls - This website contains resources to help teen girls discover things about themselves, research different career paths, hear from career role models about specific jobs, figure out how to develop employment skills they may be lacking, and much more. 

3. Career Village - Connects students with real-world professionals to get your profession-specific questions answered! You leave a question on the site, and a professional will get back to you. How cool is that?!?

4. Job Shadow - On this site, you can listen to over 400 video interviews from professionals talking about what a day in their work life looks like. When a video isn't available, you can read the complete transcript.

5. Vault's Day In The Life - A collection of written “Day in the Life” pieces from hundreds of professionals in all kinds of career fields. For example, under “Human Services”, you can find a Day in the Life from:

  • An in-House Grant Writer

  • A Foundation Officer

  • A Peace Corp Volunteer

6. Mapping Your Future from CareerShip - Visit a featured career, match your career interests, review careers by cluster (a nice feature because once you get an idea of a broad industry you're interested in, you can drill down into the many different specific occupations in that cluster).

7. U.S. Department of Labor Employment Websites - Click on PA to find links to many different career resources specifically in Pennsylvania. For example, link to the PA Dept. of Labor & Industry  to find all kinds of industry-specific information. 

8. My Future - You can input a generic industry/career type (like “science”), and it spits out tons of job titles and salary ranges for that industry.

9. The Forage - Actual companies who hire people everyday have created virtual internship experiences.

Not only that, but: You can usually put the certification/experience on your resume (they have instructions at the end of each); and recruiters routinely go through completers of these programs first to find new job candidates. This site was only recently opened up to high school students, so check back frequently.

10. MyCareerTech - This is a website of free online courses created by Career and Technical Education

teachers.  Each topic comes with video lessons, a certification, lesson plans, and tests.

New Crisis hotline

As of July 16, 2022, families across the country now have a new and easier way to connect to behavioral and/or mental health crisis services. Dialing 9-8-8 will connect you directly with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

988 can be used by anyone, any time, at no cost. Trained crisis response professionals can support individuals considering suicide, self-harm, or any behavioral or mental health need for themselves or people looking for help for a loved one experiencing a mental health crisis. Lifeline services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at no cost to the caller.

  1. Callers will be directed to a local 988 call center based on a caller's area code where trained professionals are waiting to listen and assist.

    • Note: Callers will also be given the option to reach the Veterans Crisis Line (Option 1) or a Spanish speaker (Option 2). 

  2. If a local call center does not answer the call within 60 seconds, the call will be routed to one of Pennsylvania's three regional 988 call centers.

  3. If a regional call center is unavailable, the call will be routed to the national backup network able to assess the crisis and connect to local assistance.

Covid Updates For Parents & Caregivers

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For Reliable Ongoing Covid 19 Updates, check these sites: 

I will add new information and resources to this website, should they become available. Be sure to check your school's website for any updates on policies, practices, and procedures. 

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