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National School Counseling Week 2021: Morning Announcements


Good morning. This is Mrs. O’Neal your school counselor, and today is the

first day of National School Counseling Week. Today, our focus for this week is perseverance, which is when you continue to work towards achieving something despite obstacles, failure and opposition. And one way to persevere is to collaborate, or work cooperatively with others.


In the Marvel’s The Avengers, Nick Fury, says “There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if we could do something more.” Like the Avengers coming together to work toward a common goal or tackle a challenge, you can work with your peers, your teachers or your family to achieve a goal in your community, to support one another or even to do something remarkable. It’s easier to persevere when you have someone working alongside you.


As your school counselor, I’m here to help you work on the skills that will

help you persevere so you can pursue all of your dreams. Please do not hesitate to call or reach out if you need support.



Good morning. This is Mrs. O’Neal your school counselor, and this week,

we are celebrating National School Counseling Week. One of my goals is to

help you learn new skills to help you succeed. This week, we are focusing on perseverance. I know you’ve faced many challenges as our schools have moved online [if applicable], as you’ve missed out on time with friends and family, and as many of your regular activities were postponed or cancelled altogether. Everything is different and that’s a lot to handle. Determination is a skill that can be helpful. And, to be honest, it’s one I have to practice, too.


In Iron Man, Tony Stark said, “It’s an imperfect world but it’s the only one we got.”


Using your determination when everything feels different is hard. First you have to accept that change has happened and will happened, and you just need to find your footing and do the next right thing. 

There are lots of tools to help you stay on target. Making lists and setting goals, and just taking time to process your feelings can help you keep going and stay determined.


You may not have an IronMan suit, but you have me. Contact me up if you want to chat. I’m here to help.



Good morning. This is Mrs. O’Neal your school counselor, and this week,

we are celebrating National School Counseling Week. This week we’re talking about perseverance and I’ve always found inspiration to keep moving forward by doing something for someone else. Sometimes you just need to get out of your own head.


In the Black Panther movie, King T’Challa says “We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe.” Compassion is when we show care for someone else. When you’re feeling your worst, helping someone can make you feel better.


How can you help? How can you show compassion to a friend, a relative, a classmate, or a neighbor? Can you be a listening ear for a friend who is suffering? Can you reach out to an elderly relative to let them know you’re thinking about them? Can you help a classmate who is struggling with their work? I’d love to hear your ideas. Reach out to me and let’s talk.



Good morning. This is Mrs. O’Neal, and this week, we are celebrating

National School Counseling Week. As we talk about perseverance, I’m reminded of the need to face our fears. Sometimes, fears can be a major barrier to moving forward. We all have things we’re afraid of. I know I do.


In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor says, “I choose to run towards my problems and not away from them.” You don’t have to run TOWARD your problems, but you can only run away from them for so long.


Think about the fears that might be preventing you from persevering. What holds you back from achieving your goals. Fears are perfectly normal and sometimes we need help to face them. Remember that I’m here for you. But if you aren’t comfortable talking to me, reach out to your friends, family or another trusted adult. Speaking your fears out loud is the first step to defeating them.



Good morning. This is Mrs. O’Neal and today is the final day of National

School Counseling Week. I’ve enjoyed talking with you this week about perseverance. It’s a skill I practice every day and, like you, I’m still learning.


In the first Iron Man movie, Tony Stark says, “Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk.” When a situation demands you perform tasks requiring more skill than you have at the moment, you may feel like you’re in over your head.


Have you heard about people who learn by doing something? That’s kind of what we’ve all been doing with virtual learning. Running before you walk means making a few mistakes, but with perseverance, you’ll be ready to get back up and try again.


I—and all your teachers—are here to help you succeed. We know you can persevere to overcome challenges and achieve your goals. When you stumble—and you will because we all do—I’ll be here to help. Author F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” You’ve got this.


Thank you for celebrating National School Counseling Week with us. Have a safe and fun weekend!