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The Warrior Scroll

The Student News Site of Centaurus High School

The Warrior Scroll

Seeking Calmness in Chaos – What Is the Wellness Center?

Shira Nathan
The Wellness Room norms, as decided by students along with Ms. Kelsie

This year, Centaurus has added a new space to the school. The Wellness Center, which is located in room 207 near the World Language classrooms, is a calming space for anyone who needs a quiet moment. It’s filled with comfy beanbags, and has puzzles, coloring pages, and a meditation corner. Students can come during the day to step away during stressful moments. 

Students assist in arranging the furniture for the new Wellness Room (Shira Nathan)

The idea for this space for students was first enacted at Monarch High School, following the devastating Marshall Fires in the fall of 2021. An article by the Daily Camera discusses how Monarch High School’s former principal Neil Andersen and its current assistant principal Linda Hubbered brainstormed the idea for a Wellness Center years ago. But with recent events such as the Marshall Fires and the pandemic, the need for mental health support for students has become more prevalent. And not just at Monarch, but across all schools in BVSD. As of September 2023, six high schools have adopted the program. 


The Wellness Center is a tier one support system, which means that it provides universal mental health support for any student in the school. It is run by a mental health advocate – Kelsie Anders – who’s job is to create a comfy space for self-regulation. 

A display of different skills that can benefit one’s mental wellness, posted in the wellness room. (Shira Nathan)

“Specifically it’s a space to use coping skills and coping strategies,” Ms. Kelsie explained. “[Students] are meant to come in here when they need a mental health moment.”


The Wellness Center is open to everyone the entire day. Students are welcome to stop by if they need a moment away from class. Teachers have Wellness Center passes that allow students to leave the classroom and visit the Wellness Center if they need a break. Students are also encouraged to come during their off periods. 


Life can be hard, but it’s okay to step away when you need to take a break. The Wellness Center is always open to anyone who needs a calm moment, a place to talk, or a comfortable space to take a breath. 

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Sophie Lewandowski, Junior Editor
Sophie Lewandowski (she/her) is one of the junior editors, as well as a reporter for The Warrior Scroll. She is a junior at Centaurus. In her freetime, she loves to read, draw and play the flute. She joined the newspaper because she has always loved to write and wants to learn more about the school community. This is her second year on staff and she is excited to get started!
Shira Nathan, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Shira Nathan (aka Ira) (they/them)  is one of the Editors-in-Chief of The Warrior Scroll and a senior at Centaurus. This is their fourth year and final year as part of the Scroll, and they are so excited to continue growing with the publication.  Some of their hobbies include environmental activism, photography, spending time with friends, and napping. They joined the paper to help build a space for students to express themselves and connect with each other. They enjoy writing niche opinion pieces, columns about finding joy in the everyday, and stories about the Centaurus community, among other topics. Outside of the Scroll, they are a co-president  of EcoWarriors as well as a founder of the Super Awesome Philosophy Club.  If they were a song,  they would be “Vienna” by Billy Joel.   

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