New Directions Independent Study

Office Location: 13626 Twin Peaks Road, Poway, CA 92064
Building 200  Office Hours: 8:00am - 3:30pm
                                               Information Line: (858) 679-2530

New Directions Counseling Information

Tony Sims, Counselor   
Monday- Friday   
(858) 748-0010, ext. 2067

Lauren Whitfield, Counselor
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
(858) 748-0010, ext. 2066 

Carrie Bennett, Counseling Assistant
(858) 748-0010, ext. 2420

FYI: The Mindful Moment
In order to support our students and help them reduce their stress and anxiety, the district is implementing a “Mindful Moment” each day at all PUSD schools; the purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to calm themselves and have a quiet moment to prepare for learning.
The following is a suggested script our teachers and staff will use:

  1. OK, Class, let’s take a moment to have our “Mindful Moment” to start our day.
  2. The “Mindful Moment” is so we can all start the day together with our minds ready to learn and focus for the day.
  3. Remember to put away all distractions and make sure you’re sitting comfortably.
  4. You can close your eyes or put your head down on your desk if you want to, or you can keep your eyes open too. Just make sure you are quiet and still.
  5. Try to think about important or positive things that will help you be your very best today.
  6. You may have spoken to your family about what you should think about during this time, but if you’re not sure, you can start with how you might better focus in class today.
  7. This is an opportunity to make the most of your time and abilities while you’re at school.
  8. The mindful moment starts now and will last for 60 seconds. Remember no talking or distractions for yourself or others. Ready, go.
  9. (After 60 seconds.) Alright, Class, that’s the end of our “Mindful Moment.”


The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2121, For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840,

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