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New Salem - April 15, 2009

Counselor’s Corner

By Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
New Salem High School Counselor’s Corner

State Spelling Bee!
After winning the Morton County Spelling Bee, Anna Barnhardt participated in the North Dakota State Spelling Bee in Bismarck on March 27th. Anna made it to the State Finals Spelldown where she took 13th in the state this year. Way to go Anna!

Anna Barnhardt with her State Finalist State Spelling Bee Trophy

Healing Hearts Bereavement Camp
St. Alexius Hospices will be offering their “Healing Hearts Bereavement Camp for children ages 6-17 on May 9, 2009. This camp is for any child who has experienced the death of a loved one. Children greave differently than adults. Groups will also be formed to target the child’s developmental needs. If you would like a copy of the brochure, please contact me.
Healing Hearts Day Camp
May 9, 2009
St. Mary’s Parish Family
Cost: $ 20.00 per child
Some scholarships are available to those who need financial assistance.
Call: 530-4500.

Career Development Advisory Committee
The New Salem, Glen Ullen, and Hebron Career Development Advisory Committee met via ITV on April 2, 2009. New Salem members of the committee are: Kendra Hoger, Timarra Klingenstein, Ty Kruger, Laura Kunkel, Heidi Nilsen, Gordon Davis, Robin Doll, Bruce Schumacher, Bonnie Toepke, Deb Toepke, and Gaylynn Becker.

Left to Right: Timarra Klingenstein, Kendra Hoger, and Dr. Becker

Timarra Klingenstein and Kendra Hoger in the photo above were 2 New Salem students who attended the meeting. Thanks to all of the members of the New Salem Career Development Advisory Committee Meeting.

Parenting News
I just received copies of “Parenting Tips & Times” published by the NDSU Extension Service/Region VII Parenting Resource Center. In addition to parenting tips, this issue has information on “Flood Resources.” There are some flood resources on their webpage at
In addition the Spring 2009 issue contains articles such as:
1. Arguing with Kids…Trapped in a No-Win Situation
2. Nurturing and Raising Children Who are not with Their Parents
3. What About Those Teens & Tweens?

Remember it is normal to feel overwhelmed at times. But don’t let the feelings affect how you treat your children. Instead look for some resources so that you can be better prepared to meet the demands of parenting. Parenting can be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. Yet, most people have no formal training.
If you would like a copy, please stop by my office or call Kathleen Schmaltz, Extension Agent at (701) 667-3342.

Career Speaker
Due to the blizzard, Dr. Biron Baker (career speaker) is rescheduled to speak a week from today in Mrs. Wardzinski’s Algebra II Classes at 1:32 and 2:25 on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Students and New Salem area residents who would like to hear Dr. Baker can register for the session with Mrs. Becker in the office.

If you have any questions on financial aid, career and other counseling issues, please contact me at New Salem High School at 843-7610. If something urgent comes up I can be reached at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent Academic Day!