Meet Your Counselor
Pioneer's counselor, Janell Royle, has worked within the Preston School District since 1999. Prior to that she worked at the West Side School District while obtaining a school psychology degree at USU. Mrs. Royle is a former high school math teacher. She has a husband and one son. When at home Mrs. Royle loves, loves, loves to read and laugh with her family.
Bullying is a national problem and can have a devastating effect on a student’s life. With the support of our principal and teachers, I will be conducting classroom lessons, surveys and activities in an effort to create a bully free school. In addition, we will be encouraging the students to be caught being a “Bully Blocker” by standing up against bullying as it happens. Together with your help we can ensure that Oakwood has a fun and safe environment for our students to learn and grow.
One of the most important aspects of any bully prevention program is to have a plan. Here is Oakwood’s plan when dealing with a bullying situation.
C = Stay CALM and CONFIDENT!
A = Move AWAY from the bully.
S = Tell them to STOP!
T = If they don’t stop, TELL an adult.
If your child reports bullying please contact the school.
For more information and resources about bully prevention:
Testing can be a stressful time for many students. Here are some tips that parents can do to help your student to be successful and reduce test anxiety.
You can help your child prepare for testing by doing the following:
* Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep before a test, and make sure your child eats a good breakfast the day of the test.
* Maintain a pleasant home environment and avoid unnecessary conflicts. Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one. Do not add to your child’s stress.
* Make sure your child has taken any needed medication.
* Ensure that your child is present during testing (children generally perform better when taking tests in their groups rather than at a make-up time).
* Get your child to school on time the day of the test.
* Wish your child good luck each morning of the test. Tell your child that they are special and that you believe in them!
* Remind your child the test is important. Encourage them to do their best.
* If your child is too ill to attend, please call the school office.
* If the test is on a subject for which you can review (such as a spelling test), help your child go over the material.
* Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully.
* Explain to your child the importance of using time wisely. If your child gets stuck on a question, encourage them to make a best guess and move on.
* Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blank.
* Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early.
* If your child is disappointed after taking a test, reassure them that there will be plenty of opportunities to improve and succeed.
* Most importantly encourage them to do their best!
An important part of being a good student is developing good habits. For many students (and parents) doing homework is a negative experience. As a parent you have the opportunity to help your child develop skills that will help them find success both in the classroom and at home. Here are a few tips.
* Know the teachers — and what they're looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child's teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
* Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
* Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
* Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there's an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
* Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)
* Make sure kids do their own work. They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it's a kid's job to do the learning.
* Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
* Set a good example. Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their parents' examples than their advice.
* Praise their work and efforts. Post a test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives. * Practice healthy habits. Many kids are sleep-deprived, falling short of the 8.5+ hours of sleep that their growing bodies need. If your child is nodding off over her language arts assignment, try moving bedtime up by an hour for one week to see if that helps.
Here are some online resources with homework helps.