Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Shana Dick- 8th Grade Counselor
I am very excited to be working with the 8th graders; what a great group of kids that I have gotten to follow through BMS. I graduated with my teaching degree from Chadron State and taught math in Colorado and Bluffs Middle School. I earned Master's degrees in Mathematics from UNL and School Counseling from CSC. I previously was the math content specialist for Scottsbluff Schools. Through these experiences of working with a wide range of students, I have fallen in love with the challenging work involved in helping students find what inspires them and to reach their potential. This is my fifth year as a counselor, and I am thrilled to be a part of the wonderful staff at Bluffs Middle School. My focus is to help students be successful- academically, socially, emotionally- both in school and in life. We must all work together to assist our future generation to achieve success.
My spare time is spent with my husband, Andrew, and our 3 kids. Our son, Tristan, is 22 and lives in Spearfish, SD. Our daughter, Jadyn, is 8 and in 3rd grade at Longfellow. Our youngest, Jaxton, is 2 and loving life!
Your involvement is important because of who you are, not what you know.
Parents have more influence on a child’s academic success than teachers do. No matter how excellent the school program, parents remain the primary educators of their children. What your child “knows” about school has a lot to do with the example you set. If you show an interest in school, your child “learns” that school is important. This could be the most important “lesson” of your child’s school career.
What can you do?
Sit with your child while he or she does homework. Just your physical presence helps your child fight restlessness and concentrate better. Being able to discuss the work with you makes homework less frustrating when your child is doing something difficult and even more exciting when your child is working on something interesting.
Let your child see you reading, and read to young children whenever possible. This one activity can be essential to your child’s academic success. Achievement in all subjects improves with good reading skills.
Talk about school. It sounds simple, but it’s an important part of getting involved with your child’s education. Find out what subjects your child likes and dislikes. Find out what’s difficult in class, and talk about ways to make school easier and more interesting. Ask your child to bring home school bulletins. Reading pamphlets, newsletters, and flyers not only keeps you up to date on school events, it gives you a chance to talk to your child about what goes on at school.
Use your phone. A lot of parents are simply too busy to participate in school activities as much as they would like. If you’re one of these busy parents, don’t forget that a call to a teacher or principal goes a long way in demonstrating your concern about your child’s school experience. School staff will take notice of your interest.