Jesus said, " I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."  John 8:12
Counseling Corner February 4, 2019

Dear CLHS Parents and Guardians:

May Jesus be our Redeemer, Guide, Shepherd - and message and purpose today!

In fulfilling our mission of Proclaiming Jesus Christ through Excellence in Education , our first priority is providing a safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environment in which the pursuit of our mission, Proclaiming Jesus Christ Through Excellence in Education is possible.  As partners in the education of students, it is important that we are aware of what they are watching on television, reading through various social media accounts, as well as what they are discussing.  This knowledge opens the door for important conversations centered on topics that interest them. It also provides an opportunity for parents to offer support and guidance in real-time matters.

Over the recent months, an account was discovered via Instagram entitled, 'Crean Confessions' in which students are given a platform to post their anonymous 'confessions'.  It is through these 'confessions' that some concerning content has been identified.  This account has no direct link to the CLHS ministry that we've been able to identify, yet it is possible that it could be authored by somebody in our community.  Furthermore, administration is working in partnership with law enforcement to learn more about who and why this account was created and how it can be stopped. It is our understanding that other schools in the area have identified similar accounts.   

Student activity on social media is an ever changing forum. Because of this, social media accounts come and go and our ability to track all student activity is challenged.  As a school ministry, Crean Lutheran guides and encourages students to engage online in a Christ-like manner. When such social media is available for our students and spurs conversation on various sensitive and serious topics, it is crucial for us to be available. As educators and parents, we must listen, provide support, and be ready with knowledge and resources to help guide youth.  

Our prayer at this time is that we may successfully partner together in ensuring that our students understand how to respond to and interact with social media.  To help foster this partnership, we ask you to continue dialoguing at home with your students about their use of social media and monitor their accounts. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your student's counselor or to the Dean of Students.

In Christ,

Crean Lutheran High School
Academic Skills for Success: A Workshop Series
The Counseling Department is hosting a series of Academic Skills for Success workshops. In these workshops, students will learn practical strategies for time management, study skills, test taking, and growth mindset. The first workshop on time management will be on Wednesday, February 6, with sessions both during lunch and after school from 2:45 to 3:30 in the Fireside Conference room. Click here for more information, and to register
National Youth Gathering: July 11 - 15
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod is hosting a Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, Minnesota July 11 - 15. This gathering is held every three years and provides thousands of youth the opportunity to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity. If you are interested in going on this trip, email Mr. Ryan Fink at finkr@clshs.org Click here for more information.
Irvine Valley College Honors Program Night
Do you have plans to attend Irvine Valley College before transferring to your dream school? Join the IVC Honors Program Night on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, to learn how the IVC Honors Program will help you reach your desired transfer destination. Through benefiting from priority registration, special transfer agreements, seminar-style classes, and much more.

IVC Honors students have been admitted to prestigious institutions including Brown, Caltech, Columbia, Cornell, Harvey Mudd, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, NYU, UC Berkeley, USC, UCLA, and Stanford.  Last year this event filled to capacity very quickly so RSVP right away! Please RSVP here

If you have any questions about the Irvine Valley College Program or IVC Honors Program Night, please call or email the Honors Department at 949-451-5300 or honorsprogram@ivc.edu .  
Sophomore College Planning Night
All 10th grade parents and students are invited to join us on, Tuesday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m. in room 207A/MPR for Sophomore College Planning Night. We will cover information related to preparation for the ACT/SAT and answer many of your questions regarding the college search and application process.  It is never too early to be informed! Click here to RSVP
45th Annual Morrison Scholastic Chess Tournament
The Fullerton Host Lions Club, Hanley CHess Academy, and American Chess Equipment will be hosting the 45th Annual Morrison Scholastic Chess Tournament on Saturday, February 9th at Ladera Vista Junior High in Fullerton from 9:30am-4:40pm.  Click here for event information and to sign-up!
Ocean Lifeguard Job Opening
The City of Laguna Beach is actively recruiting for the job position of an Ocean Lifeguard with a pay range of $18.50 to $21.81 an hour. Qualified candidates must be 16 years of age by June 22nd, 2019. Click here for more information on the position and application process.
SAT/ACT Comparison Test for The Class of 2021 (Sophomores)
Through a partnership with The College Blueprint, CLHS students are eligible to enroll in one FREE ACT or SAT prep class. Classes are offered throughout the school year, as well as during the summer. ACT and SAT prep classes are held on campus at CLHS. Before selecting a prep class, we recommend taking the FREE SAT/ACT Comparison test to determine which test your student should prepare for.

When: Saturday April 13th, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Where: Crean Lutheran High School; Multipurpose Room
What: This comparison test will help determine whether you are best suited for the SAT or the ACT
Register: Click here to sign up
Tip of The Week 
Offer choices! Being a dictator is not always the most effective way to build a relationship with your teen. It can prevent communication and promote rebellion. Sometimes it helps to offer your kids choices. By offering options your child feels like he or she has some control. Allow your teen the chance to help you in the decision-making process. Not only will it foster respect, but it will also teach your child how to make better decisions.
Crean Lutheran High School
For I know the plans I have for your, declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."  Jeremiah 2911
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