Healthy Living Tips

Being in middle school today can be tough. Juggling obligations related to friends, family, school, and various extra-curricular activities may leave you feeling stressed and overwhelmed. 

Try implementing some of the tips below into your daily routine. They will help you feel energized, in control, and most important of all, happy!

Get Some Sun – Sunlight lifts your mood, so be sure to get a dose of sunlight (10-15 minutes) every day. Get outside and play or just take a walk and enjoy nature.

Do Something You Are Good at – What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? Enjoying yourself helps beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it, and achieving something boosts your self-esteem.

Talk About Your Feelings – Talking with someone you trust (parent, teacher or coach) will help you deal with stress and cope when you feel angry, worried or sad. 

Surround Yourself With People Who Care About You – Trusted friends and family make you feel included and cared for. They can offer different views from whatever is going on inside your own head. They can help keep you grounded and solve practical problems. They also can help you stay active and have fun!

Exercise – Teens and pre-teens should get at least 60 minutes of vigorous exercise each day. Exercise produces endorphins, which are chemicals in your body that make you feel good. Try out for your favorite sport, keep up the dance lessons or take the dog for a brisk walk. Regular exercise helps you concentrate and sleep better, too. 

Accept Who You Are – Some of us make people laugh, some are good at math, and others make fantastic home-made ice cream! We’re all different. Recognize your strengths, whatever they may be. 

Set Goals For Your Future – Identify short-term goals (“I want to learn that new song on the guitar.”) or long-term goals (“I want to pursue a career as a chef.”) Goals help you stay focused on the things that really matter and will help you put day-to-day problems into perspective. 

Sleep – Set a regular bed-time that allows for 9 hours of sleep before you have to get up for school. In addition, try to engage in 1 hour of “quiet time” before bed – turn off electronics and read a good book or listen to soothing music.

Practice Positive Self-Talk – The way we talk to ourselves (that voice inside of our head) has a huge impact on our outlook. Positive self-talk is any thought you think, or any speech you say to yourself, that uplifts your spirits and results in improvement (“I spent a lot of time working on my speech for the Student Council election – I’m prepared!”) It gives you greater confidence, and reduces anxiety and stress. It might not feel like it, but with practice, you can change your self-talk.

Take a Break – When you feel overwhelmed, stop what you are doing and take five. A change in scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. It could be a ten-minute pause from working on your language arts essay, dinner out with your family at a new restaurant, or a weekend visit with friends to your grandparent’s farm. 

Build Coping Strategies – Effective coping skills allow you to overcome stress and feelings of anxiety. Try different strategies until you find the ones that work best for you, whether it’s progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, reading, exercise (such as riding your bike), journaling, yoga, art, listening to positive music, or hanging out with your best friend (or pet!) 

Ask For Help – No one is superhuman. We all get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things go wrong. If things are getting to be too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask someone you trust for help. You never need to feel alone. 

Eat Well – There are strong links between what you eat and how you feel (for example, caffeine and sugar can have an immediate effect, making you feel energized, but only temporarily.) Eating good food daily (like whole grains, fruits and veggies) and drinking lots of water can have a long-lasting, positive effect on your mood.

Do Something For Someone Else – Helping others makes us feel good about ourselves. Help a friend study for that Science test, or participate in the next service project at school or church. Doing for others brings balance to our lives, and also provides us with new learning experiences! 

Brought to you by the Mountain View School Safety Team 

Information obtained from the Headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation Fact Sheet at: www.headspace.org.au

High School Information for 8th Grade Families

Dear Mountain View Parents,

Welcome to your child's 8th grade year and the many exciting opportunities that exist therein!

Although we just started back to school, it is time to begin thinking about the many options that exist for high school. I am writing to make you aware of some important timelines, and to ask for your cooperation in meeting the upcoming deadlines that may pertain to your child, depending on schools of his/her interest.

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions. I look forward to working with you and your child to ensure a smooth transition to the high school that is best for them.


Nicole Lanka

School Counselor

West Morris Mendham High School

The registration and scheduling process for West Morris Mendham High School (WMMHS) generally takes place throughout the months of December through February. This is a multi-step process that will culminate in course selection and a scheduling conference for each student and his/her parent(s) with a WMMHS guidance counselor at Mt. View. Please be aware that important paperwork will be sent home with your child in stages over the course of these months. We thank you in advance for completing all forms thoroughly and returning them by the specified deadlines to ensure a smooth transition for you and your child.

Please note that the 8th Grade Open House/Orientation at WMMHS will be held in the evening on January 30, 2020. All 8th graders and their parents should plan to attend.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at West Morris Mendham High School As you and your child begin to think about high school, you may be interested in learning more about the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at West Morris Mendham High School (WMMHS). Click here for more information about this program.

Morris County Vocational High School

The Morris County Vocational School District (MCVSD) offers interested students a unique opportunity to attend a local public high school while receiving education and training in a specialty field of their interest. 

Please note that MCVSD will make a presentation to all 8th graders on Wednesday, October 2 at Mountain View.  

For more information about the many Academies offered by the MCVSD, their Open House dates, and application procedures, please visit their website at https://www.mcvts.org/apply

Private High Schools

Finally, if your child is interested in applying to one or more private high schools, please supply us (either electronically or in hard-copy) with requests for letters of recommendation and transcripts as soon as possible. Students should approach individual teachers as needed to request letters of recommendation and provide the appropriate forms.

Please be aware of each school’s application deadline – many are in late November/early December – and notify us in advance accordingly. Please note that we require at least 3 weeks advance notice to be able to ensure that your child’s transcripts and recommendations arrive by the deadline.