YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE 7:30AM BELL IN THE COLD!
Enter through the EAST doors and report to the auxiliary gym.
INTERESTED IN BOYS BASKETBALL?
There will be a short meeting immediately after school tomorrow in the main gym.
Speaking of tomorrow…
IT’S EARLY DISMISSAL WEDNESDAY! You’ll be dismissed at 1:01 tomorrow afternoon and you will NOT be able to serve detention. Plan accordingly. Questions? See Dr. Kelso.
Here’s the link for the Early Release Bell Schedule:
SkillsUSA Motto is “Preparing for leadership in the world of work.” Come to the first Zoom meeting this Thursday to see what it’s all about and then decide if you’d like to join. The Google Classroom code is s44qwsp and meetings are via Zoom on the first Thursday of the month.
STUCO FUNDRAISER DEADLINE IS FRIDAY!
Student Council members are selling fruit, including avocados! Orders are due November 6th. Fruit will be delivered in early December. The exact delivery date will be determined after the final order is submitted.
FSHS THESPIANS PRESENT:
“The Monologue Show” by Don Zolidis. Performances are November 10th, 12th and 14th in the FSHS Auditorium. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets are available ONLINE ONLY! Web address: fortscotthighschooltheatre.ludus.com
Tickets are $5 students, $7 adults. Face coverings and social distancing will be required!
SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKE INFORMATION:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH, 8:15 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. If you want a “do over,” return all photos ordered. It helps to mark with the reason for the retake. Retakes will be printed with the same background and package as the original order and are free of charge with the return of the original photos.
REMOTE LEARNERS! PLEASE PICK UP AND FILL OUT AN ORDER FORM BEFORE YOUR “PICTURE DAY!”
PICTURE DAY INFORMATION, ONLY FOR REMOTE LEARNERS!
YOUR PHOTO WILL BE TAKEN AT FORT SCOTT MIDDLE SCHOOL!
THURSDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 12TH TIME: 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
LGBTQ+Students and Allies:
Feeling alone? Need someone who will understand what you’re going through? You are invited to the meeting tomorrow after school in Mrs. Hartman’s room, Room 100.
STUDENTS: If you are struggling emotionally or mentally, please remember that the school therapists are available. Our therapists specialize in childhood trauma, depression and anxiety. If you are interested in seeing one of the school therapists please contact your counselor by email or come to speak with them. If you are a freshman or sophomore, please contact Mr. Altic (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are a junior or senior, please contact Mr. Messer (email@example.com). There is no need to suffer in silence when there is help available. It is private and confidential.
Don’t let these be reasons to prevent you from seeking help!
1. There’s not “enough” trauma to justify professional mental health help.
Often people feel they have to experience significant trauma or abuse to need therapy. They sometimes invalidate themes or are told by others they don't have any reason to feel down or anxious. Any person can benefit from a counseling session. If you have thought “I should talk to someone” you probably should. It doesn't have to be frequent or intense. Therapy is different for everyone. There are so many experiences that people have that can contribute to emotional dysregulation.
So it’s not necessary there be “trauma drama” as most of us have difficult experiences from time to time. (Also, you can't have too much trauma either!) We can focus and work on whatever is bothering you or help you figure out what that is.
2. I don't want people to think I am crazy.
We often suffer alone because we fear what other people may think or what we may find out about ourselves. A high percentage of your peers, adults in your life, etc. have talked to a counselor of some sort or have considered doing so. As for fear of 'crazy,' often therapy helps us to feel better and helps us to stop invalidating ourselves. Also, it can help you figure out symptoms, where they come from and what you can do to manage them.
3. Talking to someone I don't know would be weird.
It can feel awkward for the first few minutes, but usually at the end of the 1st session people report feeling comfortable. Also it can be helpful to share with someone you don't have to worry about seeing outside of session and someone who is non-biased and there just for you. A therapist can help you make sense of your symptoms and tell you what is normal or what is anxiety/depression etc.
4. I worry that they will share what I say.
The only things that therapists are mandated to share is if you have suicidal ideation and won't commit to a safety plan or have life threatening behaviors, if there is any abuse or neglect to anyone under 18. It is meant to be confident so you can get the help you need.
5. Talking can't really help. Can it?
Talking on it's own can make some difference but therapy is ACTIVE. You don't just vent. You get feedback, learn skills, process thoughts, learn about symptoms, make sense of things, problem solve things with helpful guidance, have someone who is there for you and who is unbiased to help you achieve your goals.
If you are thinking about talking to someone, go ahead and reach out. It could be one session or as needed: once a week, once a month. Whatever you and your provider decide together. Just please don't suffer alone!
MAKE SURE YOU COUNT!
Lunch is free and breakfast is too through the end of the school year! YOU don’t want to be the one next in line if there is not enough prepared. BE COUNTED! Tell your first hour teacher you’d like breakfast and/or lunch.
Breakfast: Rice Krispie treat, pears, juice, milk
Lunch: Mr. Ribb, scalloped potatoes, baked beans, fruit cocktail, milk
Breakfast: chocolate breakfast bread, graham snack, juice, milk
Lunch: SACK LUNCH (early dismissal)