Just Some Useful Stuff (Covid-related and More)! 

Last Updated on:  October 15, 2021

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I'm so pleased to be able to serve as your high school counselor again this year! No changes have been made to my school assignments or schedule. As your school counselor, I am committed to finding ways to continue to be available to you both in person as well as, if necessary, virtually (but let's remain hopeful that we'll continue to learn in-person). In addition to regularly updating this website, I will continue to work hard to produce monthly newsletters surrounding topics relevant to students and families. I plan to expand my use of Google classrooms and Schoology for short, ungraded career-related and/or academic success "assignments". New students in each of my schools have been added to the appropriate Google Classroom or Schoology group. 

The "Back to School" edition of Staying Connected is now available at the link below. PLEASE NOTE: All previous newsletter editions are available by contacting me at lorraine_casanova@iu13.org.  

I've begun working through grade level interviews, beginning with Seniors at most of my schools. But you don't need to wait until I schedule an appointment with you! If you have questions or concerns about anything at all, please reach out!  See the Calendly link on the home page if you'd like to schedule an appointment.

Emotional Intelligence

Have you ever regretted something you said or did? Have you ever acted on impulse or let your emotions get the best of you? By developing emotional intelligence, you can begin to recognize yourself as the master of your emotions, there will be fewer moments of regret. Here's a video to help you learn how to master your emotions!

From Compassmark's LFG Program: Time Mangement

Compass Mark is a Lancaster-based non-profit organization that works with families. Their Leaders of Future Generations (LFG) program is for youth who exhibit leadership potential. Students explore different aspects of leadership and develop their potential to become leaders in their schools and communities. LFG helps students develop individual leadership skills and strengthen personal resiliency. Students grow and become part of a strong community based on trust, respect and understanding.

I will resume posting the LFG video series this year. To kick off the school year, here is some terrific advice on goal setting! Discussion questions: 1. What is a goal you have for yourself? 2. What will you need to achieve it? 3. How will you celebrate once you've achieved it? Quote of the Day from Anonymous: "A river cuts through a rock, not because of its power, but its persistence". 

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For Parents and Caregivers

Returning to school can be stressful for students and parents in the best of situations. Returning in 2021 with the resurgence of the Covid Delta Variant certainly adds to many people's concerns.You may be interested in reading this article: CDC offers Health Tips for Back To School During Covid-19 for tips that will make for a successful school year for students, teachers, school staff and their families. In addition, the Child Mind Institute provides these Back To School Resources for Families and Educators

Remember that I am here to assist you as you continue to navigate the sometimes murky waters of your students' social-emotional and academic needs. Never hesitate to reach out! We are a team! 

Click on the link above for a comprehensive list of resources for PA citizens as we are dealing with Covid.

COVID VACCINE UPDATES for those interested

  • As you may be aware, the CDC has now approved the Pfizer vaccine for use with individuals 12 and older. For information regarding vaccine eligibility and requirements for children under age 18, Please refer to THIS PAGE for additional information and FAQs related to the vaccine and adolescents. 

  • For additional information about Covid in our state from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, visit their website

From the PA Dept. of Education: 

What's New?

THIS PAGE provides an overview of information, specific to COVID-19 and school communities, that has been added to/updated on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) website. Please note: entries may include content that is accessible from PDE’s website but is maintained on another website (ex. the Pennsylvania Department of Health).

For Reliable Ongoing Covid 19 Updates, check these sites: 

As new information and resources become available, I will add them to this website. Please check frequently for updates, and don't forget to check your school's website for up-to-date information about how our "new reality" will impact your childrens' learning environment.