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New Salem - December 19, 2007

Counselor’s Corner

Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
New Salem High School

Merry Christmas!

I certainly hope it is a merry time of the year for all of you. Among other things, it is a time when friends and relatives get together and see each other outside of the environment of a wedding or funeral.

Ultimately, the talk seems to get around to the question, “Well, how has life been treating you?” In other words what have you been doing during the year and what are your plans for the future? Sometimes “should have” and “shouldn’t have” statements come up. I hope many of the “I’m glad” and “I’m thankful” statements come up as well.

Hopefully for all of us or at least for most of us, we are able to talk positively about what we have been doing and accomplishing in school, work, family, friends, fun, and faith. I’d say these make up the majority of what I would call “life”.

I hope each of us can picture how we fit into the overall scheme of things in life. Everyone has a positive place and an important role to fill.

We certainly have fine students of which we can be proud attending New Salem Public Schools. I particularly appreciate the creativity of some of the students who put together the fine display on the bulletin board in the high school commons area. I like the figure of the tree being used to communicate the various people that work together to make school a positive experience for our students.

(See the New Salem Journal for the photo)

The picture above includes the following components written on the apples: extra-curricular, secretary, business manager, teachers, school board, substitute teachers, parents, students, cooks, bus drivers, guest speakers, guidance counselor, paraprofessionals, janitors, and administration. All are important in creating a school. It appears our students are not only creative but insightful as well.

I hope all of our students feel a part of the theme of working together and playing their parts in providing a great educational experience for everyone. It isn’t just attending school. It is a part of a much bigger picture of preparing themselves for their own futures.

I hope you keep your traditions and continue to pass them on to your children and grandchildren. It is part of who we are. It is also a link to our past. It is a way to celebrate what those who lived before us celebrated – traditions.

I hope your Christmas Holiday Season is the best one yet!

For more information on career planning, information and links please go to If you have any questions on career, counseling, or assessment topics, please contact me at either New Salem High School at 843-7610, or at my residence at 222-3222.

Have a Merry Christams!