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Mrs. Kimberly Washko

 (formerly Robinson-Holzmann)

Guidance Counselor

Andover Regional School District

Long Pond School

707 Limecrest Road Newton, NJ 07860

 

973-315-5255 ext. 231

krobinson@andoverregional.org


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School Counseling Program

 

Philosophy and Mission Statement

 

The philosophy the Andover Regional School District fosters and promotes is to provide an exemplary education for every student in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment. Not only do we emphasize the academic learning of a child, but the social and emotional growth and development as well. Respect and kindness are the underlying themes in our school district. We want our schools to be a place where children want to be. We also emphasize student learning in respect to understanding the importance of making good decisions and taking responsibility for one’s behavior. If a mistake is made, we want students to learn from that mistake. The positive attitudes and influences of others can help a child succeed and Andover Regional strives for all of its children to be successful. We take a personal interest in every child.

The mission of Long Pond School's counseling program is to promote student growth by focusing on the "whole" child and their academic, social/emotional, personal and career developmental areas. Our programs include Individual and small group counseling, classroom instruction, coordination of services with teachers, parents, staff and community, case management of students. All programs are designed to foster student achievement and maximize student potential.  An emphasis is placed on the importance of learning universal skills that enable our students to lead successful and rewarding lives. We emphasize the development of character, as well as academics.

Classroom Instruction: Guidance Lessons include:

    · Getting along with others

    · Strengths and weaknesses

  · Study skills and being a good student

  • ·   Charger Pride
  • ·   RESPECT
  • ·   Feelings
  • ·  Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • ·   Peer Pressure
  • ·   Accepting individual differences / Acceptance of others
  • ·   Good decision making-skills
  • ·  Friends / Popularity / Cliques
  • ·   Self – discipline and sense of responsibility
  • ·  Violence Prevention - Bullying, Victim Bystander
  • ·   Cyberbullying and Texting
  • ·   HIB/ Sexual Harrassment

 

8th Grade -

1. High School Options

2.   High School terminology

3.   Thinking about future plans; college, job, career

4.   Career Interests Inventories

5.   Career Exploration

 


February 23, 2108


Dear Andover parents,


I am writing this letter to share that I am formally retiring as of April 30, 2018. I have shared this with many of the students, as you may have heard and the response has been heartwarming! You have incredible children and I will miss them greatly!


It has been my privilege and honor to work here in the Andover schools with your children and with you. The relationships I have made, mean a great deal to me, both with the students and many of you. I sincerely love my job as guidance counselor and this year, in my role as a BSI teacher also. I have really enjoyed working with the children in this capacity as well.


I will miss the Andover school family that I have come to love!!! But, most importantly, I will miss the students. I genuinely love each student like they are my own and will be sad that I will miss the opportunity to see some of them grow and develop and graduate in eighth grade. Thank you for entrusting me with your children for the past 20 years.


Thank you all for your support over the years. Your children are so very precious!


Andover has been a very special place to me and my daughters and will always have a special place in my heart. Many of you have watched my own daughters grow up. But now, it is time to begin the next chapter in my life. I am excited about the opportunities I will have with my husband, two daughters, two granddaughters and one granddaughter on the way!


Best wishes to all of you! Please share with your children how much I care about them. I will miss them!


On a side note, until I leave, I will continue to serve the Andover children to the very best of my ability. I am committed and dedicated to your children, our school and to all of you.


With Charger Pride,


Kim Washko 💜💙



Grief Support Group

RAINBOWs for All Children

A free interactive support program for children who are experiencing loss due to
 death, separation, divorce or incarceration.

Rainbows offers peer support to children along with the guidance of trained facilitators who provide a safe space for exploring feelings.

Meet for 6 weeks starting in January/February at
the Sparta United Methodist Church

Contact Information:

973-207-3352
spartarainbows@gmail.com


Guidance News for 8th Grade Parents



8th Grade Parents: Please continue to review the newsletter each month.

8th grade is a busy time and there will be a lot of information/dates that will be announced in this manner. Thank you for your cooperation.


8th Grade High School Orientation classes


Mrs. Washko, School Counselor, will be meeting with the 8th grade classes to discuss high school terminology and the scheduling process. Students will be given folders containing all of the information they need regarding the high school scheduling process at Newton High School, including a course selection form. Please review this information with your son or daughter, prior to meeting with a high school counselor and have your child bring the pink form with him/her to the scheduling conference.


Thursday and Friday, March 8th  & 9th -  Newton High School Scheduling Conferences

(Snow date -  March 12th)     –    for all 8th Grade Students

(Parents will need to attend on one of these days).



8th grade Altitude Program


ALTITUDE CLUB


The Altitude Club is open to all 8th graders who want to contribute and make a difference in our school, the community and the world. Opportunities to participate in volunteer activities are coordinated with Pass It Along. Please go to passitalong.org for volunteer opportunities for your children.



Recently, our students have been working on a video commercial to promote a positive school climate. This year’s topic is focuses on bullying in the classroom and what student can do about it. Students are creating a script and are working on filming a public service commercial which we are hoping will air on Service Electric cable.


Starting soon will be the Altitude Service Club. At these meetings, students will have the opportunities to develop ideas about how they want to serve the school or community. This is a great way for students to learn about “giving back” to the community.


Please contact Mrs. Washko (krobinson@andoverregional.org) if you have any questions.



8th grade Challenge Day


On January 29th, the 8th graders at Long Pond School participated in the Altitude Program’s Challenge Day. The goal of the Challenge Day Program is to build community and to help stop the teasing, violence and alienation that is deeply a part of the school experience for millions of young people every day. Challenge Day is a powerful and transformational day that can change the way people view each other forever. It is a day of fun, friendship and new possibilities.

The Challenge Day Program deals with a wide range of issues such as leadership, self-esteem, social oppression, drug abuse, violence, racism and teasing. The program is fun, empowering, eye-opening and emotional. Our students had an incredible experience. Many students vocalized that this activity brought them so much closer as a group. It was truly a rewarding day!


If I can be of assistance to you, please contact Kim Washko (formerly Robinson-Holzmann) at krobinson@andoverregional.org.


Past news:


SUSSEX COUNTY TECHNICAL SCHOOL


Counselors from Sussex Tech visited this fall and spoke to the 8th graders about Sussex County Technical School and the programs it has to offer. All students in 8th grade had visited and toured Sussex Technical School in October and learned of its programs.


If your child is interested in applying to Sussex County Technical School and have not already done so, applications are available on-line at www.sussex.tec.nj.us. After your child completes an on-line application, he/she will need to print out the confirmation page (Permission to release records form) and bring it to Mrs. Washko in order to process grade reporting.


If you have any questions, contact Sussex Tech at 973-383-6700 ext. 247 (Mrs. Monell, Admissions Coordinator). You may also visit their website at www.sussex.tec.nj.us for additional information about their programs. The application deadline is December 22, 2017.



2017-2018 Sussex Tech : Special Events and Admissions Schedule


Admissions Opens; October 2, 2017

WOW Factor Days: October 24 and October 25, 2017

(All 8th grade students will visit Sussex Tech)

Parent Open House October 26, 2017

Tech Trek: November 18, 2017

Admissions Closes: December 22, 2017

Interview Email Notifications January 10-12, 2018

Interviews Starting January 23 - February 2, 2018


The date for Final Notification Letters to be mailed will be announced at a later date




POPE JOHN HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION


If your child is interested in applying to Pope John High School, applications need to be turned into to Mrs. Washko in order to process the paperwork involved in grade reporting. Please contact Pope John at (973) 729 – 6125, ext. 255 for an application if you have not already done so.




8th grade Altitude Program


The Altitude (altitudenj.com) program is in full swing!  The Altitude Team hosted the Altitude kick-off assembly on Tuesday, October 10th.


Altitude is an empowerment program targeting 8th graders in Sussex County. The program philosophy seeks to inspire students to move toward their highest and best selves. The vision is that through the multi-modal components of this program we will create safe places and appropriate interventions to help students develop life skills, believe in their own strength and goodness and feel excited about using their time and talent in service to others. The program also includes families and enlists them in empowering students towards these ends. For students participating in the Altitude program, responsible decisions will become self-evident, altruism will be seen as cool, and affirming voices will ring in their ears as they navigate upcoming life choices.

 

Altitude is truly a community effort. By working with local organizations and program providers with a vested interest in a healthy community, we ensure that approaches applicable to Sussex County issues are utilized in the initiative. Their partner organizations and providers include The Center for Prevention and Counseling; Pass it Along and United Way of Northern New Jersey. There will be six other Sussex County schools that will participate in this program again this year.


Long Pond School  is proud to be part of this worthwhile program. Its message is so congruent to our school’s philosophy. The Altitude message also correlates with the Week of Respect; teaching the students to be kind, compassionate, helpful and to serve others.


The 8th graders will have the opportunity to participate in the Altitude Media Club on January 3, 4 & 5th. Meeting times will be during lunch and recess so all 8th grades will have the opportunity to join!


Challenge Day will be held on January 29th, 2018. Permission slips will be sent home in early January.






Past news:



NEW STUDENT Luncheon



Long Pond School hosted a luncheon for the five new students who have entered our school this year. We welcome these students and look forward to their involvement in our school and community. We encourage you to welcome these students and their families too. Thank you also, to two of our new student council officers who had assisted at this luncheon: Brady Coffey and Noelle Casperson.


Andover Regional-  Week of Respect



Andover Regional celebrated the Week of Respect from Monday, October 2nd through Friday, October 6th.  In addition to the following activities, teachers engaged in a variety of daily lessons regarding respect, tolerance kindness, and the attributes of CHARGER PRIDE.,


The Kindness banners that were provided by the Center for Prevention were hung at both LPS and FMB.


Activities included Blue Shirt Day Andover students wore blue in Recognition of World Day of Bullying Prevention and joined together in solidarity to stop bullying and cyberbullying. At LPS, students and staff DRESSED FOR SUCCESS to promote SELF- RESPECT. The Peer Leaders also participated in Random Acts of Kindness and wrote positive messages on post it notes and stuck them to the students’ lockers.At FMB, students and staff dress as their favorite superhero to promote self-respect and a caring attitude.


Students and staff wore Sneakers to “Stomp” out Bullying and a team jersey to show good sportsmanship and “Team Up” against bullying.  This solidarity will show that we, as a school do not stand for bullying of any kind! And then Friday was SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY - Staff and students are asked to show their school spirit by wearing their spirit wear or red and white.


Introduction to Community Service project:


Socktober      

            Both FMB and LPS schools will be collecting new socks for children. These socks will then be donated to the Center for Prevention and Counseling in Newton and distributed to local families in need. We are asking for donations of new socks sizes infant through teen-age/adult.  A box will be placed in the front lobby for the socks collected.




                    Guidance Resources:                                     

www.newtonnj.org/   Newton High School   973-383-7573 ext. 226

www.sussex.tec.nj.us/   Sussex Technical School  973-383- 6700 ext. 24

www.centerforprevention.org/ Center for Prevention