School Counseling

  • Prevent Underage Drinking

    Posted by AnnaGrace Baldwin on 11/16/2022

    Nationally, alcohol is the most abused substance among teens, and the same holds true for teens in Homewood. Did you know that alcohol addiction is considered a pediatrically acquired disorder? In fact, 90% of adults that struggle with addiction began using before the age of 18. 
    This is the biggest reason we need to maintain a firm, consistent message of no alcohol use until 21 with our teens. Clearly communicate this expectation early and often. Click here for facts that you can share with your child in having those conversations and strategies that you can use to prevent underage drinking.

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  • Celebrate Life. Live Drug Free.

    Posted by AnnaGrace Baldwin on 10/24/2022

    Did you know that addiction is considered a childhood-onset disease? Research shows that up to 90% of adults who are addicted to substances started using a substance (whether alcohol, nicotine, marijuana or other drugs) before the age of 18. These numbers may seem daunting, but they also point to an amazing opportunity for parents. By delaying substance use, you can help your child grow up safe and healthy.

    October 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week, a national drug abuse prevention campaign. We will be sharing information with students during the week of October 24, and we encourage you to take the opportunity to start a dialogue with your child about substance use. We have tips and resources below to help. You can use your positive influence to send the message that you want your child to stay drug free!

    For more information and tips for raising drug-free kiddos, please click here. Thank you to the Safe & Healthy Homewood Collaborative for compiling and sharing these resources!

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  • Youth Substance Use Communication Tips

    Posted by AnnaGrace Baldwin on 9/19/2022

    Parents/guardians have more influence over their child's decisions about substance use than anyone else, including their peers. Discussing the risks of youth substance use can help your child make safe and healthy choices, but getting a conversation going can sometimes be the hardest part. Click here for some common communication traps and how to more effectively communicate the risks of youth substance use with your child.

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  • Parent Program Recordings

    Posted by AnnaGrace Baldwin on 9/12/2022

    The Safe and Healthy Homewood Collaborative was excited to offer educational programs throughout the 2021-2022 school year addressing topics relevant to parents of children of all ages. If you were unable to join them, they now have all program recordings available online. Please click here to access the recordings.

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  • Parent Program

    Posted by AnnaGrace Baldwin on 9/10/2022

    In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month, the Safe & Healthy Homewood Collaborative is hosting a Suicide Prevention & Awareness program, including Question. Persuade. Refer. (QPR) Training. The program will be held in-person and via Google Meet. 

    For more information, please click here.

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  • Preventing Youth Suicide

    Posted by AnnaGrace Baldwin on 9/8/2022

    September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. The Safe & Healthy Homewood Collaborative has compiled a message of HOPE along with resources that can be accessed here.

    Together, we have HOPE that we can prevent youth suicide.

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  • Relax!

    Posted by AnnaGrace Baldwin on 5/6/2022

    As we enter into the last weeks of our school year, many of our teens may feel overwhelmed by final exams, end-of-year activities, and preparing for the summer. Encourage your teen to try relaxation techniques that help them calm down when they are feeling overwhelmed or stressed.

    For more information on relaxation techniques for teens, please click here. Thank you to the Safe & Healthy Homewood Collaborative for compiling these tips!

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  • 2022-2023 HMS Peer Helpers

    Posted by AnnaGrace Baldwin on 4/8/2022 4:00:00 PM

    Congratulations to the 2022-2023 HMS Peer Helpers!

    7th Grade

    Julia Anderson

    Maggie Bailey

    Graham Corscadden

    Asa Duncan

    Iris Gibson

    Luke Gillis

    Reid Goldstein

    Katie Goodwin

    Nora Green

    Mary Lee Guice

    Annie Holmes

    Nolan Isley

    Eva Jeffries

    Micah Jones

    Eli Malki

    Miles McElheny

    Roan Peck

    Kathryn Peterson

    Jane Serotsky

    Jane Siegel

    Margot Smith

    Charles Stone

    Molly Tate

    Raylee Tate

    Van Taylor

    Addison Tew

    Cannon Vail

    Harper Warren

    Emma Claire Wells

    Lois Anne Winslett


    8th Grade

    Caeten Armstead

    Josiah Batson

    Caroline Boney

    Margaret Cherry

    Emma Cronin

    Anna Denson

    Mary McRae Farrell

    Lauren Glover

    Evie Harrison

    Mary Holley

    Leila Jarvis-Dabila

    Miyelani Mathebula

    Edwin McBride

    Graham Morrow

    Milly Myers

    Bennett Nix

    Anna Peterson

    Ellie Pope

    Harshini Ramesh

    Cameron Samford

    Allie Stuman

    Anna Blakely Thompson

    Charlee Kate Wilson

    Anna Bayless Ydel

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  • Tips for a Safe and Healthy Spring Break

    Posted by AnnaGrace Baldwin on 3/25/2022

    Whether your family stays home or travels this Spring Break, making it a safe and fun time is important for all. For some great tips from the Safe and Healthy Homewood Collaborative on having a safe break, please click here.

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  • Parent Program

    Posted by AnnaGrace Baldwin on 2/28/2022

    On January 13th, the Safe & Healthy Homewood Collaborative hosted a virtual program to equip our parents with the tools necessary to prevent teen vaping. If you were unable to join the program, the recording is available below. Watch the recording to learn more about the different types of vaping devices; health harms; communication and monitoring strategies; cessation resources for teens; and ways to support healthy choices. To access the video, click here.

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