School Counseling

 

Thank you to those who have already submitted the 9th Grade Google Scheduling Form. Just a reminder, if you haven't completed your form please do so by Monday, 4/27. Don't hesitate to reach out to your high school counselor if you need help! Thanks! 

 

9th grade scheduling information for the 2020-2021 school year HERE

 

For any updates related to TMS and the Coronavirus, see the 'Upcoming in School Counseling' tab to the right. 

We at Trinity Middle School understand this a tense and uncertain time.  Please see the resources below for guidance and assistance. Do not hesitate to contact your child's school counselor via email if you need anything.

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

News of the Coronavirus is innondating all of us and deeply affecting our lives in nearly every way. Our kids are experiencing this as well, almost every aspect of their lives has changed in the blink of an eye. Talking to kids can be a big challenge, and stressful for us as adults but keeping them in the dark can cause even more stress and anxiety. The information below is from The Child Mind Institute.

 

Don’t be afraid to discuss the coronavirus. Most children will have already

heard about the virus or seen people wearing face masks, so parents shouldn’t avoid talking

about it. Not talking about something can actually make kids worry more. Look at the

conversation as an opportunity to convey the facts and set the emotional tone. “You take on

the news and you’re the person who filters the news to your kid,” explains Janine Domingues,

PhD, a child psychologist at the Child Mind Institute. Your goal is to help your children feel

informed and get fact-based information that is likely more reassuring than whatever they’re

hearing from their friends or on the news.

Be developmentally appropriate. Don’t volunteer too much information, as this

may be overwhelming. Instead, try to answer your child’s questions. Do your best to answer

honestly and clearly. It’s okay if you can’t answer everything; being available to your child is

what matters.

Take your cues from your child. Invite your child to tell you anything they may

have heard about the coronavirus, and how they feel. Give them ample opportunity to ask

questions. You want to be prepared to answer (but not prompt) questions. Your goal is to avoid

encouraging scary fantasies.

Deal with your own anxiety. “When you’re feeling most anxious or panicked, that

isn’t the time to talk to your kids about what’s happening with the coronavirus,” warns Dr.

Domingues. If you notice that you are feeling anxious, take some time to calm down before

trying to have a conversation or answer your child’s questions.

Be reassuring. Children are very egocentric, so hearing about the coronavirus on the news

may be enough to make them seriously worry that they’ll catch it. It’s helpful to reassure your

child about how rare the coronavirus actually is (the flu is much more common) and that kids

actually seem to have milder symptoms.

 

If necessary and appropriate, we will provide further updates. In the meantime, information is available online from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health as well as the Allegheny County Health Department (links below).

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

 

**Please see the Counseling Resources section, located on the righthand side of this page, for local support if needed.**

 

"Every Student, Every Year"

All students with last names A-K contact Jaclyn Cortazzo

jcortazzo@trinityhillers.net or  724-228-2112 ext. 5506

All students with last names L-Z contact Heather Watson 

hwatson@trinityhillers.net or  724-228-2112 ext. 5510