National School Counseling Week
National School Counseling Week was celebrated in schools around the country, including Aaron School, February 7-11, 2022. This year’s national theme was “Better Together.” According to the American School Counselor Association, the mission of this week was to “highlight the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.”
The entire school had the opportunity to participate in a school-wide activity by engaging in “mindful moments.” Mindfulness is the human ability to be aware of one’s self, their surroundings, and be present in the moment. Studies indicate that there are several benefits of participating in mindfulness activities such as decreasing anxiety and lengthening your attention span. On Tuesday and Friday, Ms. Solomita, Guidance and Transition Coordinator, led the student body through mindfulness practices after lunch with the goal of resetting our minds for a productive afternoon of learning. On Tuesday, the whole school was led in a 5-4-3-2-1 exercise over the loudspeaker. Students were asked to notice 5 things they could see, 4 things they could touch, 3 things they could hear, 2 things they could smell, and 1 thing they could taste. On Friday, everyone tried a body scan, where students and faculty were guided to attend to different parts of their body and release physical tension. In addition to the “mindful moments” that the entire school took part in, 11th and 12th grade students also participated in meaningful activities in their Real World Applications and Transition Seminar classes regarding problem solving and perspective taking to celebrate this week.
Grace Solomita, Guidance and Transition Coordinator at 30th Street