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Counselors are critical to student success, thanks for all you do

To The Daily Sun,

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 1–5 to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who "implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century."

Here at Newfound Regional High School, we would like to take this opportunity to honor both of our dedicated counselors, Monica Jackson and Shelly Philbrick. They not only support our students but our faculty as well. They organized a pot luck luncheon just before the holidays, giving faculty members time to mingle with their colleagues. This year Mrs. Jackson also organized a Christmas party for faculty that was well appreciated and attended.

Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Philbrick are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves.

They work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students' academic concerns, career awareness in post-secondary options and personal/social skills. Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Philbrick help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators.

School counselors are integral to student success. Thank you Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Philbrick for all you do and do so well.

Barbara J. Kelly
Newfound Regional High School Nurse



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Let's pay attention to Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

To The Daily Sun,

According to Women's Health magazine, over 80 percent of parents surveyed either do not believe that teen dating violence is an issue, or do not know if it is an issue. I'm here to tell all of those parents, along with students, teachers, friends, and community members — it is.

Approximately one in five female high school students reports being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner. That number does not take into account unreported cases of abuse, male victims, or cases of verbal and emotional abuse that teen girls and boys face in dating relationships every single day.

Some local high school students believe it is okay for a partner to yell at, intimidate, degrade, and isolate them, as long as they do not put their hands on them. Let's challenge those beliefs by teaching teens in our communities that they deserve love and respect in all of their relationships.

This year's Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month theme is "Setting Boundaries." Let's work together to encourage teens to think about what they are comfortable with, and empower them to set physical, emotional, and communication boundaries in their relationships. By giving teens the tools they need to set these boundaries and recognize healthy and unhealthy relationships, we will be one step closer to breaking the cycle of abuse.

New Beginnings, along with crisis centers throughout the state, will be providing resources and information regarding Teen Dating Violence during the month of February. Like our Facebook page at and follow us on Twitter @NewBeginningsNH to follow our "fact a day" and learn more about Teen Dating Violence. You can find more resources at and pledge to help end domestic and sexual violence in New Hampshire at

Let's work together as a community to prevent relationship violence by educating our teens. Let's talk to them about what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like, and let's help them learn that they are worthy of kindness, compassion, and respect in all of their relationships.

If you or someone you know needs support please contact New Beginnings at (603) 528-6511.

Emily Pellowe

Education Coordinator & Prevention Educator
New Beginnings


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