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Cunha Intermediate School believes all students have the right to participate fully in the educational process, free from discrimination and harassment. These rights are assured to students by CA Education Code Section 200 and 220, regardless of disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, a student’s pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination, or recovery therefrom, or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes in Penal Code 422.55.

Counseling

What We Do

Cunha counselors track academic, personal/social, and college/career needs specific to middle school students. We provide individual and group counseling as well as coordinate various programs and services for students. A full list of these services is provided under our Menu of Counseling Resources.

Students are divided by the first letter of their last name which allows the counselor to follow students through their entire three years at Cunha.

All information shared in the Counseling Office is confidential which means that we do not share information with any outside parties including parents, teachers, or other students without permission. The only exception is if a student shares that he/she is thinking of harming themselves or others, or that someone is harming them in which case we are legally mandated to seek help for this student. Both phone numbers reach a confidential voice mail so that any message left will only be heard by the counselor that you called.

Shadow Days

If you have a student who is interested in attending Cunha for the 2018-2019 school year and your student does not currently go to a Cabrillo USD school, we have arranged the following days for your student to get the Cunha experience:

 

Friday, January 26th (7th and 8th grade only. 6th grade spots are filled)

Friday, March 16th

Friday, April 27th

 

Please fill out the attached Shadow Request Form, and turn it into the counselors. Please note, all students shadowing will be paired with a student ambassador who will show them the school, experience classes together, and answer all questions they might have.

 

***Space is limited so please complete and turn the form into the counselors as soon as possible to reserve a spot

 

***Current Cabrillo USD 5th graders should not sign up for a Shadow Day as they will have their own special day to visit Cunha***

 

Attachments:

Shadow Request Form

 

 

Counseling News

1/18/18

If you have a student who is interested in attending Cunha for the 2018-2019 school year and your student does not currently go to a Cabrillo USD school, we have arranged the following days for your student to get the Cunha experience:

 

Friday, January 26th (7th and 8th grade only. 6th grade spots are filled)

Friday, March 16th

Friday, April 27th

 

Please fill out the attached Shadow Request Form, and turn it into the counselors. Please note, all students shadowing will be paired with a student ambassador who will show them the school, experience classes together, and answer all questions they might have.

 

***Space is limited so please complete and turn the form into the counselors as soon as possible to reserve a spot

 

***Current Cabrillo USD 5th graders should not sign up for a Shadow Day as they will have their own special day to visit Cunha***

 

Attachments:

Shadow Request Form

 

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1/18/18

If you have a student who is interested in attending Cunha for the 2018-2019 school year and your student does not currently go to a Cabrillo USD school, we have arranged the following days for your student to get the Cunha experience:

 

Friday, January 26th (7th and 8th grade only. 6th grade spots are filled)

Friday, March 16th

Friday, April 27th

 

Please fill out the attached Shadow Request Form, and turn it into the counselors. Please note, all students shadowing will be paired with a student ambassador who will show them the school, experience classes together, and answer all questions they might have.

 

***Space is limited so please complete and turn the form into the counselors as soon as possible to reserve a spot

 

***Current Cabrillo USD 5th graders should not sign up for a Shadow Day as they will have their own special day to visit Cunha***

 

Attachments:

Shadow Request Form

 

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1/15/18

We are excited to host our 4th Annual Challenge Day this year on Wednesday, February 28th for our 7th and 8th grade students. 

 

Challenge Day is a fantastic day to help students learn to connect and build self-esteem, address peer pressure and reduce the acceptability of teasing, oppression and all forms of violence.

 

Students, if you are interested in participating, please see Mrs. Myrick in the counseling office to sign up.  Sign-ups are on a first come first serve basis.  

 

We are also looking for 25-30 adult participants; a well-rounded group of community members, school staff, and parents. It is an all day commitment (no coming and going) 8:00 am-3:30 pm.  If you are interested in volunteering on Wednesday, February 28th please email me at MyrickS@cabrillo.k12.ca.us

 

There is more information below regarding Challenge Day and a video attached. 

 

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For millions of young people, bullying, cliques, alienation and even violence have become deeply ingrained in their daily school experience. Challenge Day provides a way for teens to lift themselves and their schools out of this quagmire, and to create a new environment that reflects the change that they want to see in their school.

Challenge Day is a series of games, activities, group discussions, icebreakers and trust-building exercises that lead to transformation. The walls of separation that divide people from one another are broken down, and the participants leave the experience with new levels of respect and communication with their peers, teachers, parents, community and themselves. The program successfully addresses the issues of violence, racism, teasing, stereotypes, tobacco, drugs and alcohol within the context of teen life.

Challenge Day also helps young people learn to connect through powerful, life-changing programs in their schools and communities.Challenge Day programs increase self-esteem, help shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support, and reduce the acceptability of teasing, oppression, and all forms of violence. This program inspires youth and communities to Be the Change they wish to see in the world, and challenge others to do the same.
 

Challenge Day Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCbjP8UJ4j0

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April Counseling Topic

April is Community Service Month!

 

Feeling bored, restless, or just want to do something more? Volunteer! Providing service to the community is a great way to give back and feel good about yourself. Counselors have lots of information on volunteering or you can visit the community website for information on opportunities for young people to give back. 



 


 

Bullying Awareness and Intervention

At Cunha, we value a positive school culture, allowing all students to express themselves openly and without fear of judgement. We take a strong stance against bullying and have made it our top priority to ensure the safety and well-being of all students. Counselors recently went into all Social Studies classrooms 6-8 to present Anti-Bullying presentations for students. Topics for 6th grade included the definition of bullying, the difference between tattling and telling someone when there's a problem, and "Stop, Walk, and Talk" (our method to alleviate bullying). For the 7th and 8th grade presentations we also included information on diversity and culture, respect, defining LGBT, and being aware of our words and their impact on others. 

Stop: Tell the person to "stop" in a clear loud voice. Make sure they know that you are not joking and that you want the behavior to stop.

Walk: Walk away from the person. Create distance and avoid them wherever possible. If it is in class, ask the teacher to move seats.

Talk: Tell someone, any trusted adult. Let them know what is happening and that you need help.

We encourage students to visit the counseling office if they are feeling uncomfortable, unsafe, or unhappy at school and urge parents to do the same. If you are worried about your child please let us know.

"Heart of Compliments" Created by the 6th graders as part of their Anti-Bullying Presentations
 

Resources for students and parents:

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Stop Bullying http://www.stopbullying.gov/index.html

Teen Health and Wellness Hotlines http://www.teenhealthandwellness.com/static/hotlines

Pacer Centers, Teens Against Bullying http://www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org/tab/#/home

Stomp Out Bullying http://stompoutbullying.org/

The Trevor Project http://www.thetrevorproject.org/

Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network http://www.glsen.org/

If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless, helpless, or thinking of suicide tell someone right away or contact The National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK 

Counselors

Lee, Janice
Counselor (M-Z)
Myrick, Stacy
Counselor (A-L)

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Services Offered

Helpful Websites for Students and Families

 

Local Resources for Support

Food and Nutrition:

Second Harvest Food Bank 

Food, Clothing, Housing Assistance:

Coastside Hope 

Dental Services:

Sonrisas Dental Center

Counseling Services:

StarVista

Mental Illness Support:

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI),

Prevention & Recovery in Early Psychosis (PREP)

Alcohol and Drug Treatment, Anger Management, Counseling:

El Centro de Libertad

Reproductive Health Services:

Planned Parenthood

Healthcare Services:

RotaCare Bay Area 

Coastside Clinic

Immigrant Benefits & Resources:

Legal Aid of San Mateo County

General School Help

Khanacademy.org

Brainpop.com

Learninggamesforkids.com

Kids.britannica.com

Pbskids.com

Books

Librivox.org

Bartleby.com

Math

Sumdog.com

Mathrun.net

Wolframalpha.com

Language Arts/Reading

Poemhunter.com

Livemocha.com

Storybird.com

Science

Kidsgeo.com

Science360.gov

Social Studies

Ushistory.org

Libraryofcongress.gov

Technology

Codeacademy.com

Funtotype.com

Music

Musictheory.net

College/Career

Mynextmove.org

Ucop.edu/doorways

Csumentor.edu

Collegeboard.org