Sunday, September 2, 2018

Welcome Back!

It has been so wonderful watching students come back to MCS this past week.  Their excitement and energy is truly contagious and has me looking forward to another great year.

This year we are implementing a school wide positive behavior system focused on recognizing kindness, responsibility, respect and safety around school.  You may have noticed new posters around school, and may have heard your children talking about "positive pellets" teachers have been distributing when we notice kids doing the right thing around school.

We are slowing down to focus on the direct instruction of expectations of behavior in all locations around school: bathrooms, hallways, playground, buses, the multi-purpose room, and classrooms.  Teachers are taking their classes around to each of these locations to discuss expected behavior and go through what we want to see from students around school.

Here are the posters that outline our expectations:

Friday, January 5, 2018


This week at REP, students in Ms. Biolsi's 6th grade class presented a fun movie trailer about kindness.  It was such a great way to present little snippets of ways to practice kindness in everyday life.  I hope you get a chance to stop by the main entrance of MCS to take a peek at the creative video.  An act of kindness is an easy way to make someone's day; it's free and makes the giver and receiver feel great.  We work hard at MCS to encourage kindness and this year, even have a kindness owl, whose feather's show a physical representation of kindnesses noticed throughout the school.  Each grade level has a different color feather, and when students notice an act of kindness from one of their classmates, they put a feather in their class kindness jar.  These feathers are then collected and displayed on our MCS kindness owl.  What do you do to practice kindness in your family?  You can share funny stories with each other, give hugs, volunteer, the possibilities are endless.  I hope you are able to spread the kindness around to those you love and even to strangers.  Pass it on!  It's free and positively contagious!  Here are a few videos to get you motivated.

Kid President on Kindness

Kindness Boomerang

Monday, December 18, 2017


This month during REP, 6th graders presented a video on cooperation.  It's the forth letter in our MCS RROCKS school motto, and a big part of what we try to do here at MCS: work together!  What are some ways that you cooperate in your household?  Do you have shared jobs, chores or routines that you all do in order to help home life function smoothly?  Working together with others often makes activities more enjoyable, and doling out age appropriate responsibilities for everyone in your home can empower and engage even the youngest members of your family while also teaching about teamwork and practicing responsibility.  If you are interested in viewing the cooperation video created by our MCS students, check out the monitor in the main entrance.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


"What does ownership mean to you?"  That was the question 6th grade students asked teachers, students and staff members this month in the RROCKS video series.  The answers varied, but the main ideas were the same: when you do something that may be out of the norm of expected responses, take responsibility for your action, and do what you can to set things straight.  Watch the video on the monitor located in the front entry atrium of MCS.  Kids at MCS practice taking ownership everyday.  Ownership of their learning, their relationships, their actions.  All of this practice is helping them grow into responsible global citizens.  How do you practice ownership in your household?

Sunday, October 29, 2017


This month at our school wide REP, we talked about Responsibility.  Ms. Biolsi's 6th grade class helped to create the responsibility video that you can see posted on the front TV display in the MCS lobby.  Students showed examples of how to be responsible around MCS and talked about taking responsibility and doing the right thing, even if what you are taking responsibility for doesn't belong to you.

You can continue the discussion and focus on responsibility at home by noting when your own child is being responsible and pointing out those moments to them.  You can also use examples of taking responsibility in the media as a way to engage in discussion.  This article has ideas on ways to have your kids practice responsibility around the house. Keep growing responsible citizens!  Next up, is ownership, be on the lookout for an update on that here next month.

Monday, October 9, 2017


Over the course of the year, I will be creating little videos with students that highlight the MCS school motto RROCKS (RROCKS stands for: Respect, Responsibility, Ownership, Cooperation, Kindness and Safety).  These videos will be presented at monthly school wide REPs.  When thinking about positive student traits, respect is one we certainly hope kids at MCS understand and show in and out of school.  We also asked students to wear blue to show that they work hard to be respectful throughout their lives.  You can encourage respect with your kids by talking about examples of respect you've seen, pointing out real life examples in the community, and modeling respectful behavior yourself.  You can see our video playing on the screen at the main entrance.  Be on the lookout for our next video on Responsibility, which will be posted on the MCS announcement TV next month.

Friday, October 6, 2017


I created this blog as a way for people to learn a bit about the school counseling program at Marion Cross School.  I will be trying to update monthly; but the main reason I created it was so others could know what my role is at MCS and so they could have access to my pages located on the right sidebar, as there may be some information you find useful or helpful there.

Welcome Back!

It has been so wonderful watching students come back to MCS this past week.  Their excitement and energy is truly contagious and has me look...