A Word from the School Counselors
As students enter middle school, we often see an increase in emotions. Stress may come from a variety of sources. One way that you can help your student cope with emotionality is to remain calm and listen to their concerns. That’s not to say you should let it go on for an extensive amount of time, but simply allow them time to express the emotions they are struggling with, so they can properly “vent”. You may want to calmly and firmly reassure your student. As difficult as it may be, try to withhold your own emotions in front of your student. Many times students will “feed off” the emotions of others (mirroring). Do not back off of your expectations for your student. Remind them in a clear and concise way what is expected and that you love them.
As counselors, we are here to help your student deal with the emotions that inevitably plague the typical middle school student…even on a “good day”. Our teachers are very observant and will often refer students for us to check on. However, no one knows your child better than you. If you have any concerns about your child, please feel free to contact us.
We are here to help!
HRMS Clubs and Mentoring Groups
Real Champions Mentoring Group is a faith-based program encouraging 6-8 grade males to excel following the C.A.N.E.S. character development platform. Being a faith-based mentoring program, real Champions will use Bible passages and prayer to encourage your student to achieve success. Real Champions is under the direction of community volunteers Mr. Walter Wheeler and Mr. John Ring. A team of three volunteers led by volunteer Percy Poindexter will meet with participating students once a week.
Educational Talent Search is a program that assists students (grades 6-8) with a C+ or higher average who are interested in a career that requires a college degree or technical training. The program covers topics on how to pay for college (Financial Aid), career planning, and different career options and life skills such as self-esteem, goal setting, and much more. Linda Greene is the facilitator for HRMS and meets with students once a month.
Wise Girl Club is a program for female students (grades 7-8) that covers topics such as self-esteem, life skills, and other topics that are relevant to young females. Satori Williams is the facilitator and meets with participating students once a week.
Men of Strength (MOST) Club is a program designed for male youths (grades 7-12) seeking to be strong without being violent. Participants are encouraged to become peer leaders in promoting nonviolence, healthy relationships, and gender equality. Aldriene Parker is the group leader and meets with participating students once a week.
Boys II Men Mentoring of Jasper County is designed to be a training activity where boys of various communities will increase learning about the developing stages of manhood. Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School teamed up with the Hardeeville Police Department to sponsor the Boys II Men Mentoring Program. Along with our purpose of bringing boys and men together, our mission is for boys as well as men to see the importance of spending time with each other and getting away from instant self-gratification. Boys II Men seeks to cultivate development of adolescent boys in a safe and exciting team environment by promoting civic engagement, personal responsibility, and positive relationships, respect for themselves and women, and lifelong appreciation for learning. One of our program requirements is that each Thursday the boys dress to impress in khaki pants, a white collared shirt, and an orange and green tie as a motivation for them to always think of being successful. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Office Rogers (843-368-0613).