Brady Middle School Guidance

Mrs. Cindy Massey

cmassey@orangecsd.org

216-831-8600 ext. 3623

Meet Your Guidance Counselors

Mrs. Cindy Massey and Mrs. Sarah DiBenedetto help serve grades 6-8.

All Brady scheduling information can be found on the

Orange Schools Website !

Mrs. Sarah DiBenedetto

sdibenedetto@orangecsd.org

216-831-8600 ext. 3624

Second Semester Grade Checkpoints

Start of quarter 3: Monday, January 24

Midpoint of quarter 3: Thursday, February 17

End of quarter 3: Friday, March 18

Start of quarter 4: Monday, March 28

Midpoint of quarter 4: Friday, April 22

End of quarter 4 : Wednesday, June 8

WHAT CAN YOUNG PEOPLE DO:

Learn and Practice Techniques to Manage Stress and Difficult Emotions

May 1, 2022

May is Mental Health Month. This month aims at raising awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities. Mental Health Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans' lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. Mental health is essential for a person's overall health.

(youth.gov)

This visual, from Miami University's School Based Mental Health Program is part of a series outlining how teens can play an integral role in managing their own mental wellness.


March 18, 2022

Happy Spring:) Spring is the perfect time to renew and re-energize for the rest of the school year! One skill you can incorporate into your day to be more present and reduce stressed or anxious feelings is to practice focused breathing. Try spending a few minutes a day putting this skill into practice!

Here's how...

Focus your attention on your breath, the inhale and exhale. You can do this while standing, but ideally you’ll be sitting or even lying in a comfortable position. Your eyes may be open or closed, or you can maintain a soft gaze, with your eyes partially closed but not focusing on anything in particular. Notice that after doing this for a few minutes you feel lighter and more at ease to take on what comes next.

March 2, 2022

March 2nd is observed as World Teen Mental Wellness Day – a day to raise awareness about the mental health struggles that teenagers encounter. it is important that we normalize the conversation around mental health.

Members of the student services team; Mrs DiBenedetto, Mrs. Massey, Miss Catie and Mrs. Young can help provide you with the tools to maintain mental wellness.

Feel free to stop in to the Studnet Services office if we can be of help to you or a friend.


Rockinprevention.org

February 17, 2022

The idea behind Random Act of Kindness Day is to cultivate feelings of kindness and brighten someone's day. Every small act of kindness is significant. One act of kindness can lead to more positive outcomes. Don’t hold back from uplifting others with compliments and compassion on this day.



February 14th, 2022

Middle School is a time when many students develop and build healthy, lifelong friendships. Its is important to remember key elements that lead to meaningful friendships.

January 21, 2022

Empathy

Empathy is a skill you can develop and grow that will impact how you react and respond to others and how successfully you build relationships. Guidance counselors visited 6th grade classrooms to discuss how Empathy fuels connection.

November 8, 2021

Happy National Gratitude Month!

Practicing gratitude can improve your emotional and physical health. Try making a daily effort to focus, notice, and reflect on things you are grateful for. Research supports making this a year round habit because it helps improve your relationships and overall happiness!

Give it a try for a few weeks and see how you feel!

October 22, 2021


Being there and showing support for one another helps people feel less alone! When you show you care, it can take someone from feeling hopeless to feeling valued and respected.

-Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center

October 21, 2021

Peer Support Makes a Difference!


Reach out to others-your actions are important.


  • Connect with them during class breaks, even just to say hi

  • Walk with them to class

  • Invite them to do homework with you and a group of friends

  • Ask them to play a video game or hang out during free time

  • Show them a video or photo that will guarantee a smile or laugh

  • Be patient and respectful if someone takes longer to do something or does it in a different way


October 20, 2021

Encourage others to come together against bullying and unite for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion!

WEB Leaders will be hosting an activity at lunch today!

October 19, 2021

Peer support Makes a Difference!

Respond to classmates and friends with intentional acts of kindness, acceptance, and inclusion

Here are some ways to be intentional with your support:

Speak up, your words matter. Try saying:


"I’m here for you and I want to help"

"You didn’t deserve to be treated that way"

"You are a good person in a bad situation"

"It was wrong of that person to do that"

"Can I help you find an adult to talk to"

October 18, 2021

Did you know most bullying happens in middle school and when students support one another it makes a difference!


Look at all the ways you can connect with your classmates:

Be available for conversation

Listen without judgment

Let them know they have the right to talk about what’s happening

Ask questions that allow them to talk through their experience and emotions

*Want to tell me what happened?

*How are you doing?

*What would be helpful to you right now?

Show empathy for what they are experiencing

React with support and compassion

Tell them it’s not their fault

Help them think through how they can tell others about their experience

Encourage them to reach out to a parent or other trusted adult

October 11, 2021

October 4, 2021

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. According to recent data, one in five students report being bullied.


Here at Brady we have the opportunity to change this statistic by choosing kindness and actively creating a positive atmosphere for students and staff.


Everyday is a new opportunity to wake up and ask yourself, How am I going to be kind today? How am I going to include others? How can I show others I accept them for who they are?





OCTOBER IS NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH

September 13, 2021

Self-care should be a regular part of your daily routine An act of self -care doesn't need to be long or elaborate. Strengthening your emotional, physical, and spiritual health through self-care is the foundation for your overall health and well-being.



September 8, 2021

Often when you hear the word self-care you may think it means pampering yourself or treating yourself to a special activity. However, self care is actually the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness.

Self-care can look different for everyone.

For some it may include ensuring basic needs are met, like getting enough sleep. For others it may mean setting time aside for journaling or getting outside to enjoy some fresh air.


September 1, 2021

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are looking forward to a great year ahead!

Did you know that September is National Self Care Awareness Month?

With summer vacation coming to an end and all the hustle and bustle of school, after school activities, and other commitments you may notice that life has gotten very busy, very quickly! One of the best things you can do for yourself is to take some time to recharge your mind and body so you have the energy to take on your day...this is called practicing self care.

This month we will be sharing ideas about how to incorporate self care into your daily routine. Making it a habit to practice self care will leave you feeling more confident and ready to take on challenges that lie ahead and make the whole school year more enjoyable!

Interested in Becoming a WEB Leader?

We are looking to establish our WEB Leaders for the 2021-22 school year. WEB is an amazing program that enhances and develops leadership skills and provides opportunities to mentor 6th grade students.

June 8, 2021

If you are entering 8th grade and interested in applying to be a WEB leader please complete the application linked below no later than June 11th, 2021.

We are looking for all types of leaders who are committed to participating with, mentoring and supporting our 6th grade students!

WEB LEADER APPLICATION LINK

If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Massey or Mrs. DiBenedetto.

May 3, 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness month. Did you know that the term "Mental Health" is not just the absence of mental illness but also encompasses social, emotional, and behavior health as well as the ability to cope with life's challenges.

You need to be aware of and take care of your mental health just as you are aware of your physical health and take care of yourself when you are not feeling well, physically. There are practical tools that you can use to improve your mental health and increase resiliency.



April 2021

As we approach testing season, we want to wish all of our students the best of luck on their Ohio State Tests. Now is the time to show what you know!



Mindful Monday

March 8, 2021

Mindfulness is an intentional practice. Like any muscle it needs practice and conditioning to develop and become part of your daily habits. When you engage in mindful practices you begin to approach things in your everyday life differently. In fact, you begin to feel less stressed and more confident in your abilities. An added bonus is that mindful practice supports the development of character traits that positively impact the way you feel about yourself and strengthens the relationships & friendships you have with others.



February 26, 2021

All 6th Graders are invited for:

Lunch with 8th Grade WEB Leaders

February 16, 2021

Random Acts of Kindness Day® is Wednesday February 17, 2021

Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 14-20, 2021

At Randomactsofkindness.org, they are upholding this annual tradition of celebrating kindness because they know everyone can use more kindness in their lives. Scientific evidence shows us the positive effects of doing kind acts for others as well as receiving or even witnessing kindness. Even the smallest act of kindness can change a life. In 2021, we encourage everyone to Explore the Good and Make Kindness the Norm.

February 8, 2021

TRIVIA LUNCH: Open to ALL students & staff

DATE: Thursday, February 11

TIME: 11:30-12:00

LOCATION: Google Meet

Nickname: TRIVIA

Join your classmates for a fun virtual sports themed trivia game. No expertise required, just be willing to relax, have fun, and hopefully laugh a little!

It's National School Counseling Week!

Your school counselors are here to support you!

If you'd like to set up a visit or check in, please email us!

Mrs DiBenedetto sdibenedetto@orangecsd.org or

Mrs. Massey cmassey@orangecsd.org

Mindful Monday

Click on the image to begin the Leaves on a Stream Exercise

February 1, 2021

Leaves on Stream is a helpful guided mindfulness exercise that teaches us the skill to work through times of overthinking and it helps to free us when we are stuck on our thoughts.

The purpose of this exercise is to notice your thoughts and then be able to let them go in a healthy way!

Take a few minutes and give it a try!

January 25, 2021

Mindful Monday Meeting

Looking to gain skills and feel more in control when you are overwhelmed & stressed?

Please join us for a Mindful Monday Meeting!

Mindful Monday Meeting: Open to all Brady Students!

When: Monday, January 25 at 11:30 am

Location: Google Meet (https://meet.google.com/)

Google Meet Code: MindfulMonday

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

January 15 , 2021

TRIVIA LUNCH: Open to ALL students and staff

DATE: Tuesday, January 19

TIME: 11:30-12:00

LOCATION: Google Meet

Nickname: TRIVIA

Looking to have fun with some of your classmates ? Grab a bowl of popcorn, log into the Google meet, and be ready to test your Trivia knowledge! No expertise required, just be willing to relax, have fun, and hopefully laugh a little!

January 11, 2021

Practicing mindfulness techniques is a great way to get to a calmer state, where our bodies are ready to focus. When you are feeling overwhelmed or unfocused try to take a moment for yourself, close your eyes and focus on your breath. It's one of the best things you can do for yourself to calm your thoughts and it will leave you feeling refreshed. Sometimes it takes only 60 seconds!

  • Choose music that helps you relax

  • Get into a comfortable position

  • Stay focused on the music- if you find yourself thinking about other things during this minute, gently redirect your thoughts back to the music.

Pick one of the audio clips on the left and give it a try!

verywellmind.com

Mindful Monday

Click for your own printable worksheet

Click for your own printable worksheet

(Moritz Fine Design)

January 4, 2021

One of the best ways to prepare for success is to look back on previous experience. 2020 is a year we will not likely forget. As we enter into 2021, putting intentions or goals in writing is a great way to accomplish them. You will also be building important skills:

  • Self-reflection: “How do I want to improve this year?”

  • Self-advocacy: “What do I need to do to help me reach my goal?”

  • Self-awareness: “Am I making progress toward my goal?”

  • Problem-solving and self-control: “What can I do to get back on track?”

  • Self-esteem: “How does achieving my goal make me feel?”

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December 18, 2020

As we enter into holiday break be sure to pause and enjoy the little moments. Surely this break may look different than previous years, but try to slow down, relax and find new ways to safely connect with friends and loved ones.

We wish each of you a safe holiday break and we look forward to seeing you in January!

December 14, 2020

Dear 6th Graders,

Join our amazing 8th grade WEB leaders during lunch today!

December 9, 2020

Mindful Monday Meeting

Looking to gain skills and feel in more control when you are overwhelmed & stressed? Please join us for a Mindful Monday Meeting to learn!

Mindful Monday Meeting: Open to all Brady Students!

When: Monday, December 14 at 10:45am

Location: Google Meet (https://meet.google.com/)

Google Meet Code: MindfulMonday

What is Mindfulness: Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

December 4, 2020

TRIVIA LUNCH: Open to ALL students and staff

DATE: Wednesday, December 9th

TIME: 11:00-11:30

LOCATION: Google Meet Nickname: TRIVIA

Looking to have fun with some of your classmates and teachers? Grab your lunch, log into the Google meet, and join us for Ugly Holiday Sweater Trivia. No expertise or holiday sweater required, just be willing to relax, have fun, and hopefully laugh a little!

MINDFUL MONDAY

November 30, 2020

Belly breathing is a simple way to quickly manage your stress levels. This proven method of stress reduction is easy to implement in almost any scenario. It works by activating your body’s natural relaxation response, which helps relieve muscle tension all over your body.

An added benefit is that by focusing your thoughts on the sensations of breathing, or even counting your breaths, you also help settle your mind. The next time you feel your heart race or your stress start to spike, do some belly breathing and feel the needle return to normal.

Mondaycampaigns.org


November 19, 2020

During these times when things are constantly changing, it is essential to care for our overall well being. One way to do this is to spend our time and energy focusing on how and what we are grateful for. We are asking a lot of ourselves these days and it is essential to make the investment in doing all we can to develop our inner strength so we can continue to be equipped to take on the challenges that come our way.

Make an effort to take some time over Thanksgiving break to pause, notice and reflect on what you are grateful for and free yourself, if even for a few moments, from focusing on all the things that might be weighing you down!

Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

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November 13, 2020

WORLD KINDNESS DAY

Today we celebrate World Kindness Day! Showing kindness to ourselves and others is something we can do everyday. If you make kindness a part of your everyday life you get to enjoy all the benefits kindness has to offer. It boosts both our health, overall happiness and makes the world a better place for everyone!

November 10, 2020

TRIVIA LUNCH: Open to ALL students and staff

DATE: Friday, November 13

TIME: 11:30-12:00

LOCATION: Google Meet

Nickname: TRIVIA

Looking to have fun with some of your classmates ? Grab your lunch, log into the Google meet, and be ready to test your Trivia knowledge! No expertise required, just be willing to relax, have fun, and hopefully laugh a little!

November 9, 2020

As you focus on Gratitude this month, try to put some of these "Great Dream" practices into place.

Happiness is a skill we can learn!

Research shows that happiness, compassion and kindness are the products of skills that can be learned and enhanced through training, thanks to the neuroplasticity of our brains.

actionforhappiness.org


November is National Gratitude Month

November 2, 2020


October 28, 2020

TRIVIA LUNCH: Open to ALL students and staff

DATE: Friday, October 30

TIME: 11:00-11:30

LOCATION: Google Meet Nickname: TRIVIA

Looking to have fun with some of your classmates and teachers? Grab your lunch, log into the Google meet, and be ready to test your Halloween knowledge! No expertise required, just be willing to relax, have fun, and hopefully laugh a little!

Goal Setting (2).pdf

October 23, 2020

Today is the first day of the second quarter. As we look ahead this is a great opportunity to think about what has gone well in your classes, what you should continue doing, along with what did not go well and how you can shift to make improvements. Now is the perfect time to make some personalized goals!

Reach out to one of your guidance counselors if you'd like resources to assist you or guidance in planning short term or long term academic goals.



September 22, 2020

There are many things going on around us right now that are outside of our control. Focusing on things we have no control over can lead to feelings of frustration, helplessness, and can affect your overall mood. Instead, use your energy to focus on the things under your control and enjoy the benefits of how it makes you feel.

Pick one or two suggestions from the poster each week and make an effort to use them daily . Remember, in order to see and feel a difference you need to intentionally put your focus on things you can control and tune out the things causing you unneeded stress!




NEW STUDENT MEETING



Schedule, School Supply & Instructional Pick Up

Grade 6 : Aug 24, 1-3 or 4-6

Grade 7: Aug 25, 1-3 or 4-6

Grade 8 : Aug 26, 1-3 or 4-6

Use Sign Up Genius to reserve your pick up time slot!

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Friday, May 22, 2020

As the academic year is drawing to a close- don't let this be a time when you let your effort go unnoticed. Instead, reflect on all the parts of your school year.... the highlights as well as the struggles. What moments helped you strengthen your abilities? What moments made you laugh? What are you most proud of? When did you think something was too difficult, but you worked your way through it? Remember, the moments in life are not meant to be perfect and it is to be expected that challenges will come our way. This year you had to adjust quickly to a new and unfamiliar learning and social environment. This experience has been challenging in many ways and we hope you take time to notice your inner strength, perseverance, and all you have learned about yourself. Be proud of your efforts and demonstrate your pride by ending your year and finish strong!

Best of Luck to the class of 2024 as you head into high school... WE WILL MISS YOU!!!

Have a great summer,

Mrs. DiBenedetto & Mrs. Massey

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

During your time as a Brady student the staff has taught you about the benefits of leading with a growth mindset. You have participated in many activities and opportunities which have helped to build your growth mindset and develop more capacity to take on challenges. This important skill has to be practiced in order for it to stay strong!

The last several weeks have given all of us an authentic opportunity to take what we have learned about growth mindset and apply it in our day to day life. Each day you take on with a growth mindset builds your capacity to handle adverse situations and prepares you to tackle future life challenges. Think about how you have handled this time and if you have not been approaching it with a growth mindset...IT IS TIME TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP, and if you have already been using your growth mindset skills, ....STAY THE COURSE!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

It is perfectly normal to have a variety of emotions as we are processing so much new information and adjusting to day to day life being much different than we are used to.

While it is healthy to have an array of feelings, it is important that you are aware of how much time you are allowing the thoughts that elicit worry, doubt and fear to circle around in your mind.

Your mind is a powerful tool! Focus your attention on thoughts , truths, and feelings that will have a positive impact on how you feel each day.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

You have probably heard "We are all in this together," a lot lately. And while it is true that there are many adults who are here to offer you support during this time, it is important to remember that you also play an important role in contributing to your mental well being.

Practice these 10 strategies from Be Strong Global Coalition often . Remember it is important to make yourself a priority so you can fully show up for others as well.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Right now it may be hard to think and talk about what you are grateful for and what you appreciate. These uncertain times have brought us many challenges and we have had to adjust quickly to big changes . But the good news is that we are more equipped than we may realize to handle change and adapt. Practicing habits of gratitude can offer you so many benefits! Take a moment each day to notice and recognize something you feel grateful for.

Friday, April 17, 2020

As we navigate this unprecedented situation, kindness, caring and compassion can help us through this difficult time. Kindness can help forge human connections, reduce stress and remind us that there is goodness in the world.

It is important to remember that, although we're not seeing each other in person, kindness and character still count. While interactions with classmates are currently limited, it is imperative that kindness, patience, caring and understanding remain priorities for students in their "new normals."


Students should continue to show others kindness whether in person with their parents, guardians, siblings and neighbors, or online with friends. For more information and inspiration, visit the Values in Action Foundation online.

We would love to hear from you! Email us and let us know what simple acts of kindness you have been practicing during this school closure?

Click to Read "Mindful Moments"

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Mindful Moments

It is always important to take care of your emotional health, but now it is especially important to be intentional (purposeful) in practicing skills that enhance your emotional health as we are all experiencing new challenges. During times of academic and social stress it is important to take care of yourself. Use these strategies when you feel overwhelmed, anxious or when you need a mental break. They will help you be present, refocused, and more in control!

Mindful breaks help you feel calm during emotional and/or academic stressors. When you need everything to slow down...give these a try!

Thursday, April 9, 2020


Hi Everyone!

We LOVE hearing from you and miss seeing your faces every day! Don't forget you can email us to set up a Google Hangout call if you need any support (academic, organizational, emotional) during this time. We'd love to hear how it is going for you !

Thursday, April 9, 2020


Wellness & Mental Health eBooks

The mental health and wellness of our students are now more than ever of utmost importance. Last year, thanks to an Orange Schools Foundation grant, the OCSD Libraries were able to provide Cameron's Camp for grades K-5 and Cameron’s Collection for grades 6-12. Both collections offer eBooks with factual information and help to nurture and protect students’ mental health and wellness.

There are a total of 81 published, vetted, and relevant titles available between the two collections, available on the OCSD Library Resources page. The eBooks use a common password, making access anonymous, yet providing data on the amount of use for each title. The eBooks are available 24/7 and can be utilized by multiple users at the same time. Check your email from Miss Lee for log in information!

Tuesday, April 7 , 2020


A Message from the Student Services Office

These familiar faces are STILL here for you to help in any way we can! Please reach out if you need anything during this remote learning period.

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Friday, April 3, 2020


Visualizing your motivation:

What sort of Inspiration and Messages of Motivation fills your space? Check your email to find the Flipgrid we created about how we brought some positivity and reflection into our work space!

Challenge: We want to hear from you...Either record a response in Flipgrid or email us some inspirational quotes that you would hang up in your work space! We will put all your ideas together and share them with your classmates!

Thursday, April 21, 2020


Visualizing your motivation:

What sort of Inspiration and Messages of Motivation fills your space? Check your email to find the Flipgrid we created about how we brought some positivity and reflection into our work space!

Challenge: We want to hear from you...Either record a response in Flipgrid or email us some inspirational quotes that you would hang up in your work space! We will put all your ideas together and share them with your classmates!

Click To Read " Study Tips"


Tuesday, March 31, 2020


Study Tips for the Online Student

With remote learning, we know it can be difficult to figure out how to organize your day and study for your classes. To work at your best level you need to develop a system and routine to help you stay on task and motivated! We have some great tips that you can use to feel more organized and in control, check them out !

Click To Read " Creating A Study Zone"

Friday, March 20, 2020

Creating a Study Zone


What is a Study Zone?

A study zone is an area in the home where you can go to complete homework, work on projects, and study for upcoming tests. In essence, it is a desk or work station that is solely dedicated for you to work.

The Benefits of a Study Zone

The best part of a study zone is that once you start working in your study zone consistently, you will create the mind set that this study zone or work area is only for work.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Taking Care of Your Emotional Health

Social distancing is a way to keep people from interacting closely or frequently enough to spread an infectious disease. Knowing this is our current situation, we also know staying connected with one another is so important! Over the next several weeks all of us will need to be creative about how we connect with our families and friends and take care of our own emotional well being. Brady counselors are going to continue to be available to you and share resources during these challenging times.