Middle School Counselor's Page
Send Me An Email: Kaitlyn.Pederson@k12.sd.us
Middle School Counselor
7th Grade Social Skills Instructor
Middle School Student Council Supervisor
Text 4 Help: Teens talk through texting and the Helpline Center wants to help them! The Helpline Center offers a Teen Texting program in South Dakota. Teens can text "icare" to 898211 from 3pm to 11pm to talk with staff about issues concerning themselves or others they care about with depression, drug/alcohol related issues, stress, crisis, and much more. [Standard message & data rates may apply]
Southeastern Behavioral Health Counseling Services offers counseling related services to the Sioux Falls area which includes Canton. This is a great resource for students who may need further counseling services. SBH is also available- to those who qualify- to counsel students during the school day on school campus in order to assist with economic barriers that may limit families obtaining counseling services else where. [Please, contact me if you have interest in connecting with SBH]
South Dakota Department of Education: Many questions about South Dakota's educational system can be answered via their website. Common Core is explained in detail as well as individual school demographics and school report cards. Information about student and parental/guardian rights concerning Special Education services and services for English Language Learning students can be found here, too.
SD MyLife is an internet resource used by all students in South Dakota to help facilitate a career minded attitude for students. This website contains many helpful tools such as an ability profiler and interest inventories. All 8th grade students are required to complete the ability profiler and interest inventory. This site also serves as a great database for college information such as school size, majors, cost, etc.
7th Grade Social Skills
Social Skills class is designed to help students improve academic skills, explore college & career options, and develop stronger person and social skills. Within these topics, we have a strong focus on teamwork, relationships, respect, and academic success. SS Class is mean to be FUN! Below is a list of topics that are covered throughout each quarter. If you have any questions about this class or concerns outside of the classroom, please, contact me at anytime!
Additionally, for each of my social skills classes I rely on Kailtyn Umphlett who is the drug/alcohol counselor for Canton schools to help educate Canton's middle school students on the dangers of substance use and abuse.
Social Skills Topics:
*Introductions, Expectations, & Team Building
*Mental Health: Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, & more.
*Empathy & Bully Prevention