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New Salem - May 6, 2009

Counselor’s Corner


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


K-9 Cops

Last week we had some K-9 visitors at New Salem High School. Their names were “Jimmy” and “Smoke.” These K-9’s patrolled the school. With their noses along the lockers, doors and other places Jimmy and Smoke enthusiastically sniffed their way from one end of the school to the other. It is nice to know that if someone brings illegal drugs to school that the Morton County Sheriff’s Department and the North Dakota Highway Patrol cooperate with New Salem Public School administrators and staff to keep the school safe and drug-free.

In addition to this New Salem Public School teachers, administrators and staff all work jointly to send a strong anti-drug message throughout the year. I also commend the students of New Salem Public School for staying drug free. Thanks to parents and the entire New Salem and Almont communities for supporting us and our students in keeping our students drug free.


(See The New Salem Journal for photos of the dogs at work and the law enforcement officers)


Thanks to Sergeant Bryan Kirchmeier and Deputy Jon Engelstad of the Morton County Sheriff’s Department and Trooper Thomas Iverson of the North Dakota Highway Patrol for their professional time and effort in coming to New Salem Public Schools. A special thank you to Smoke and Jimmy!

I’m planning on having Sergeant Bryan Kirchmeier, Deputy Jon Engelstad, and K-9 Jimmy in this fall as career speakers to help our students get a better idea of what it is like to be involved in law enforcement and what it is like to work with a K-9 in the line of duty. Where were these guys and K-9s when I was in high school? If I would have known in high school about careers using dogs in law enforcement and getting paid for it, there is a good likelihood that it would have influenced my career decision-making.

If you have any questions on career planning 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!