Meadowview Intermediate School Counselor

lesley jacobs

Lesley Jacobs
School Counselor
(608) 269-2187
ljacobs@spartan.org

Through School Counseling at Meadowview Intermediate school, students have the opportunity to participate in programs designed to meet their emotional, social and academic developmental needs. Activities focus on increasing well-being and a sense of belonging at school.

The School Counseling program includes:

  • Individual and Small Group counseling
  • Classroom guidance
  • Support groups

Other activities offered through the Counseling department that promote student leadership, achievement and school ownership include:

  • Peer Mediation
  • Citizenship Club
  • Challenge Academy Cadet tutoring
  • Bullying awareness and prevention

For more information, please call Lesley Jacobs, School Counselor, at (608) 269-2187 or e-mail ljacobs@spartan.org.

OCTOBER IS NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH

Activities at MVI……

  1. Bully Busters of the Month – teachers will nominate students who are good role models to others and do their part in helping to make MVI bully-free
  2. All 4th grade students will be receiving an award-winning bullying prevention book to keep!
  3. School-wide bullying prevention activities every 3rd Friday of the month and during our early dismissal day assemblies each month.  These activities will include skits, book readings by community members, a visit from High School students, a special speaker and more!
  4. Classroom activities and discussions

TIPS FOR PARENTS……

WARNING SIGNS
That your child is being bullied………..

  • Sudden lack of interest in school or refusal to go to school
  • Frequent stomachaches, headaches or pains
  • Unable to sleep or sleeping too much
  • Complaints about or refusal to ride the bus
  • Withdrawal from family or friends
  • Sudden moodiness, anger or sadness

HOW TO ASK
If something is wrong……….

  • “It seems something is bothering you. How are you getting along with kids at school?
  • “Are there kids who might be picking on you, teasing or saying mean things to you?”
  • “Are there students who are leaving you out on purpose?”
  • “Who do you sit by/talk with at lunch? Who do you play with at recess?”

WHAT TO DO
If your child is being bullied……….

  • Reassure your child that you will help him/her work through this. Say that you are glad he/she told you. Let your child know that you will help. Ask what he/she thinks should be done and say that you will keep him/her informed regarding the steps you take.
  • Listen carefully to your child and gather as many details as possible. Where, when, how often, who else may have seen it happen?
  • Don’t blame your child or assume that he/she did something to instigate the bullying. Do not tell your child that it is just a part of growing up.
  • Above all, make home a place where you child feels safe and loved.

This fact sheet adapted from, Take a Stand, Lend a Hand, Stop Bullying Now, a project of the Health, Resources and Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services at http://www.stopbullyingnow.org and the No-Name Calling Week Resource guide, Copyright 2004 by GLSEN, Inc.