Greetings from the Counseling Center!
I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Konnie Schechinger and I’m the 7-12 Guidance Counselor at St. Albert Schools. I’m starting my 10th year here at St. Albert and truly enjoy my job and working with the students, staff, and parents at St. Albert.
I’ve been in education almost 25 years and have been a Middle School/High School guidance counselor for the past 15 years. My husband and I live outside of Harlan, Iowa and are a farming family. We have three adult children, Bradley, Mary Margaret, and Brian and also have two grandsons.
From time to time, I will post things here that can range from announcements about college planning events and scholarship opportunities to timely social/emotional things that are being dealt with in many schools.
I’m also available by phone/email at any time during the school year and welcome questions and concerns about anything I deal with in the counseling center. My duties are varied and include scheduling all students grades 6-12, setting up college representative visits at St. Albert, planning for and proctoring testing including Iowa Assessments, PSAT, and PLAN testing as well as many other things that are handled in a school counseling center.
I look forward to working with the students here at St. Albert as well as you parents!
7-12 Guidance Counselor
St. Albert Catholic Schools
Anxiety in Teens
One mental health issues that seems to be on the rise in our young people today is Anxiety. There are many reasons for this and the most basic reason is stress. Stress that is caused by being involved in so many activities, striving for the “perfect” grade or test score, and various family issues that can be daunting to the already stressed out teen. I’m including a link here that has 49 ways parents to help kids deal with anxiety. Some are geared for young children but others can be used with teens. If nothing else, these are good strategies to get teens to talk about the issue instead of the famous, “I’m fine, nothing is wrong.” And as you parents know, the tone of voice in which this phrase is used will tell you that it’s probably an untruth.
Pass Out Game
The following link includes very good information about the “Pass Out Game.” This was a game that was popular back in the mid 1990’s and is making a comeback on MS/HS campuses across the nation. Basically, the Pass Out Game is when a pre-teen/teenager cuts of oxygen flow to the brain. It causes a euphoric high for the teen but as you can imagine, can cause other serious side effects. In extreme cases, even death.
I’ve included a link to this topic here and you can use the information to open up a conversation with your son/daughter.
Scholarship Opportunities for Graduating Seniors
Often, I’m asked if I know of any scholarship opportunities for seniors who will be heading to college. The short answer is yes. I keep a scholarship folder in the counseling center that students may look through at any time and may even check it out to take home and look over. Anytime I receive an email or mail containing scholarship information, I put it in the folder. As the year goes on, more items get put in the file.
Here is a link that gives information about college fairs in the area. There is one coming up March 27th at TJ here in Co. Bluffs. Through this website, students can register and get automatic updates on college fairs as well as other useful college information.