September 5, 2017

Thank you to those who completed the school counseling needs-assessment! Your responses were so helpful as I planned our counseling program for the 2017-2018 school year. I look forward to seeing your student each month for classroom guidance.

"Perseverance" is our Character Ed term of the month for September. As parents and guardians, teaching our children to have a "growth mindset" is an excellent way to encourage perseverance. Based on the research of Carol Dweck, of Stanford University, "growth mindset" is about teaching ourselves and our children that we are always growing and that our talents can be developed through hard work--we have never fully arrived! So, for things that come easily, we seek to set new goals for improvement. For things that are challenging, we remind ourselves that we may not be able to do something YET, but we will take steps to grow and improve. Your kids will be learning about goal-setting and problem-solving in classroom guidance this month. At home, we can also encourage our children to persevere. Here are some self-talk strategies that can help
Rather than telling myself:                      I can say this to myself:
"I'm not good at this."                               "What am I missing?"
"I give up."                                                "I'll use a different strategy."
"It's good enough."                                   "Is this my best work?"
"I can't make this better."                          "I can always improve."

As parents, rather than saying "You're so smart!" we can say things like, "That was tough, but you didn't give up!," "I can tell that you really like working on that," "It's okay that you made a mistake. That's part of learning how to do it the next time," "I can tell that you have worked on understanding ____________!"

Happy growing!
Abbie Vipperman
School Counselor

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Abbie Vipperman, Counselor

Mrs. Vipperman is serving as the school counselor at Jefferson Academy.  Over the course of her career in education, Mrs. Vipperman has worked as a school counselor in elementary and middle grades and as a high school English teacher. Mrs. Vipperman earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education from Appalachian State University in 1999, where she was honored to be a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. She then received her Masters of Science and Educational Specialist degrees in Community Counseling and a Post-Master’s Certificate in School Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Mrs. Vipperman is married to Nick Vipperman, and they have three children in Jefferson City schools. If you have any questions or concerns about your children or the counseling program, please feel free to contact Mrs. Vipperman at 706.367.8242 (Jefferson Elementary School) or 706-367-2300 (Jefferson Academy) or at

I am thrilled to be working in just one school this year! As I make plans for ways to further build our counseling program, I value parent input tremendously. Please take a few minutes to complete the brief Needs Assessment that you'll find here: