Above: Mr. Hess speaks to the powerful partnership and service provided by CCC at SMCS.

Student Counseling: Provided by Commonwealth Catholic Charities

Mrs. Cinnamon Langley provides support to our students three days a week. She is passionate about giving them a safe space to grow and heal.

Cinnamon specializes in working with individuals that have experienced traumatic events throughout their lives and works from an understanding that everyone is the expert of their own experiences. Her practice utilizes a variety of approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psychodynamic theory, and mindfulness-based activities. As a clinician, Cinnamon aims to help students identify and achieve their goals. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her animals, caring for her many plants and wearing the world’s greatest sparkly boots (a gift from her mom!).

PeaceMaker Program: A Spiritual Solution for Preventing Bullying

Love one another. A simple commandment. One that is central to all that we do at Saint Mary’s. But as simple as the commandment is, we often fail and need to be reminded. As students grow and learn, they too need to be reminded that respect for others and care for each other is not optional – it is a core value of our school. The scriptural-based Peacemakers Program is a yearlong set of lessons and activities used by teachers to provide students with the skills and understanding to prevent bullying.

Parents are encouraged to learn more about the program (see Bullying – Mission of OCS) and reinforce the lessons. Beginning in September, a monthly theme is highlighted, scriptural passages are suggested, and instructional materials are made available to the teachers (see the school calendar for monthly themes and scripture passages). Students are rewarded for demonstrating their compassion and respect for others, and classes share information on how best to be true Disciples of Christ. In conjunction with weekly homilies, daily Religion instruction and modeling of appropriate behaviors by adults, the Peacemaker program is an opportunity to address teasing, name calling, gossiping, rudeness and bullying and help our students to grow into respectful, confident and loving adolescents.