Mr. Harris' Blog

Welcome... I hope this blog can be useful, particularly to parents and the community, as another way to stay connected to what's going on around McNair. Find out more about McNair school counseling by clicking around the blog or reading my program brochure. Students can use my "Mr. Harris Please Help" form to let me know they need to chat. Please browse around and contact me ( if you just cannot find what you're looking for! It's my pleasure to serve McNair and the community.

Child just needs more help?

Here are a couple options for therapy at no charge:
- Family Solutions for Kids offers a great variety of services to meet the needs of children and their families including therapy and psychiatric services (brochure).
- Community Psychological Service (at UMSL) offers therapy for children & families for a variety of concerns. Psychological evaluation is also offered.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

You Have to Accentuate the Positive

This is the 4th year McNair has been an active PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) school.  You may hear your child talking about the “Wildcat Ways to Be”.  This refers to the 5 school-wide expectations; Responsible, Respectful, Cooperative, Kind, & Safe.  Every Monday morning this school year, Dr. Roper reads a message to encourage positive thinking and behavior which culminates with “make it a great day, or not, the choice is yours”.  Immediately following the announcement, teachers deliver a half hour lesson/activity that correlates with the message.  Every Friday morning, each classroom holds a class meeting.  This gives students and teachers a chance to communicate intentionally on issues that are important to the success of the classroom and sometimes includes team building activities.  A group of staff meet monthly to look at trends in behavior data and our efforts to create an ideal climate for learning.   Based on our school effort last school-year in the area of school-wide behavior supports, McNair earned an Award of Excellence from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  McNair received a banner signifying the achievement which now hangs in the cafeteria.  Thank you parents for your continued hard work and support for the school.  Together, all of these efforts really seem to be making a difference!