Monthly Newsletter Archive


MAY 2018


Greetings from the DVMS counselors!  We have been busy finishing up our Spring counseling groups and helping everyone manage their STAAR stress.  We are so proud of all of the students who have done their very best on the STAAR.  The school year is wrapping up and we know all students deserve a break after working so hard this year.

MAY GUIDANCE INFORMATION

Topic, Resources, & How Parents Can Help

Instead of guidance lessons this month, we will be focusing on meeting with students individually to check in with them and to discuss their 2018-19 academic plan, if necessary. The counselors will be reminding students how important it is that they continue practicing all of the skills that we have worked on this year during our guidance lessons, small group sessions or during individual counseling times—especially over the summer and during this time of year when Spring Fever and school exhaustion can cause problems.  We also hope that parents will spend time with your children working on the following skills over the summer:  friendship building, conflict resolution, identifying and reporting bullying behaviors to an adult immediately, anger management, personal safety, and goal setting for the 2018-19 school year.

Below are some resources that you can use to work on these skills with your child over the summer! You can also check out the Resources Page of this website for additional resources.

DVISD No Bully Zone: Report Bullying Page

How to Set SMART Goals

Conflict Resolution: Kid President on How to Disagree with People

Taking Charge of Anger

Friendship- Building and Maintaining Them

Skyward-Checking Grades

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact their grade level counselor.  Ms. Barrera, Ms. Lerner, Ms. Gallier, Ms. Gomez, and Ms. Hanlon would be happy to meet with you personally to discuss your questions/concerns or talk by phone.  Please call first to set up an appointment since we are usually with students during the school day.

Ms Barrera, 8th grade:  386-3428

Ms. Lerner, 7th grade:  386-3426

Ms. Gallier, Ms. Hanlon, and Ms. Gomez, 6th grade: 386-3427


APRIL 2018


Greetings from the DVMS counselors! We have been sharing some information this year with students on the topic of college and career.  In addition, we will be celebrating College Week from April 30th to May 4th with the students by wearing college t-shirts, sharing college brochures and literature with students during lunches, posting college information in the front office, and more!  Also, 8th graders have an amazing chance to apply for the Early College High School opportunity to earn an associate’s degree from ACC during their next four years at DVHS.  Wow!

GUIDANCE INFORMATION

Topic, Resources, & How Parents Can Help

In guidance lessons this month, we will be focusing on college and career readiness with our guest presenters from GEAR UP. Ms. Rimes, Ms. Gutierrez and the DVMS counselors will be leading students in various college and career activities! We will also continue to practice conflict resolution and safety skills, as we do in every guidance lesson. We will also discuss how we can support students with academic or social-emotional issues.

Below are some other resources that parents can use to support their children and reinforce our April guidance topics. You can also check out the Resources Page of this website for additional resources.

Also, counselors have great English/Spanish brochures for parents called College: Help Your Child in limited quantities.  Send an email or call your child’s counselor to have them send one home to you.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact their grade level counselor.  Ms. Barrera, Ms. Lerner, Ms. Gallier, Ms. Gomez, and Ms. Hanlon would be happy to meet with you personally to discuss your questions/concerns or talk by phone.  Please call first to set up an appointment since we are usually with students during the school day.

 

Ms Barrera, 8th grade:  386-3428

Ms. Lerner, 7th grade:  386-3426

Ms. Gallier, Ms. Hanlon, and Ms. Gomez, 6th grade: 386-3427


MARCH 2018


The DVMS Counseling Office is very busy these days helping students to stay motivated through the rest of the school year and during STAAR testing.

We have started our spring semester student support groups on various topics such as Stress and Anger Management, Girl Empowerment, Boys’ Friendship & Conflict Resolution, Social Skills, Academic Achievement, Culture Explorers for Newcomers, and more! Typically, student support groups will meet once a week during the same elective class period for six to eight sessions.  Please call your child’s counselor if you have questions about group counseling.

As the STAAR test approaches, we want our students to do well and stay calm about the big test.  Below are some ways parents can help teens de-stress on test days…

  • Encourage your child to eat a healthy breakfast and get plenty of rest the night before the test.
  • Practice homework with your child to make sure they pay close attention to the directions.
  • Teach your child to answer the easy questions first.
  • Teach your child to read every answer first before they answer the question.
  • Work with your child to practice the tools/techniques that they have been taught by their teachers.
  • Encourage your child to check over their answers before they submit their work/test.
  • Teach your child ways to relax, such as taking deep breaths.  See the link below for more ways to relax.
  • Don’t forget, most importantly, to tell your child that you are proud of them and that you know that they are going to do their best on their test.

GUIDANCE INFORMATION

Topic, Resources, & How Parents Can Help

In guidance lessons this month, we will be focusing on healthy eating habits and how this affects mental health. We let students know that if they are skipping lunch, we will meet with them and sometimes notify parent too. We will also continue to practice conflict resolution and safety skills, as we do in every guidance lesson. We will also discuss how we can support students with academic or social-emotional issues.  One of the main ways parents can support their children is to model healthy eating habits such as:

  • Get the vitamins and minerals your body needs
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Don’t skip meals
  • Most of your diet should be vegetables and whole grains

Below are some other resources that parents can use to support their children and reinforce our March guidance topics. You can also check out the Resources Page of this website for additional resources.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact their grade level counselor.  Ms. Barrera, Ms. Lerner, Ms. Gallier, Ms. Gomez, and Ms. Hanlon would be happy to meet with you personally to discuss your questions/concerns or talk by phone.  Please call first to set up an appointment since we are usually with students during the school day.

Ms Barrera, 8th grade:  386-3428

Ms. Lerner, 7th grade:  386-3426

Ms. Gallier, Ms. Hanlon, and Ms. Gomez, 6th grade: 386-3427


FEBRUARY 2018


Happy National School Counseling Week!  DVMS Counselors are especially excited to promote our counseling program during the week of February 5th through February 9th to show students, parents, and staff all that we have to offer them through the DVMS Counseling Program.  DVMS Counselors were so honored to be presented again for the second year in a row with the CREST Excellence in School Counseling Award from the Texas School Counseling Association! Our guidance lesson topic for February is stress and anger management. Read on for more details!

GUIDANCE INFORMATION

Topic, Resources, & How Parents Can Help

In February, as we come upon state testing season, we will be learning about how to healthfully manage our stress and anger. We will also continue to practice conflict resolution and safety skills, as we do in every guidance lesson.  Counselors will discuss how students can identify, prevent, and manage their stress and anger. We will also discuss how we can support students with academic or social-emotional issues.  One of the main ways parents can support their children during testing season is encourage and model healthy coping skills. A healthy coping skill is something healthful that a person does if they are feeling stressed or angry, for example taking a walk, talking to a friend, or writing about it in a journal. Below are some other resources that parents can use to support their children and reinforce our February guidance topics. You can also check out the Resources Page of this website for additional resources.

Below is a quick refresher about all the ways the DVMS Counselors can support students through the school counseling program.

The counselors of DVMS are eager to help your child with any social, emotional, or behavioral issues that impact their learning at school.  Counselors help students through guidance lessons, counseling groups, individual sessions, and more.  Students should complete a Request to See the Counselor form in order to meet with their school counselor.   If a student has an emergency, they do not have to complete a request.  Parents are also welcome to contact their child’s counselor with any social, emotional, or behavior concerns that impact school learning.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact their grade level counselor.  Ms. Barrera, Ms. Lerner, Ms. Gallier, Ms. Gomez, and Ms. Hanlon would be happy to meet with you personally to discuss your questions/concerns or talk by phone.  Please call first to set up an appointment since we are usually with students during the school day.

Ms Barrera, 8th grade:  386-3428

Ms. Lerner, 7th grade:  386-3426

Ms. Gallier, Ms. Hanlon, and Ms. Gomez, 6th grade: 386-3427


JANUARY 2018


Happy New Year! We are again excited that the report cards went home recently and so many of our students had great grades- and this time for all of semester one!

This semester, counselors will visit students’ social studies, computer science and BIM classes to give counseling information sessions once a month on a variety of topics. Our guidance lesson topic for January is cyberbullying prevention. Read on for more details!

GUIDANCE INFORMATION

Topic, Resources, & How Parents Can Help

In January, we will be learning about bully and cyberbully prevention, as well as continuing to practice conflict resolution and safety skills.  Counselors will discuss how students can identify, prevent, and get help for bullying and cyberbullying.  Cousnelors will be conducting the January guidance lessons with our school resource office, Deputy Emens who will also talk with students about the legal consequences of cyberbullying and sexting. We will also discuss how we can support students with academic or social-emotional issues.  One of the main ways parents can support their children academically is to check student grades in Skyward- a tutorial link is provided below.  This is a great activity for students and parents to do on a weekly basis together in order to set goals for self-improvement.  Below are some other resources that parents can use to support their children and reinforce our January guidance topics. You can also check out the Resources Page of this website for additional resources.

GROUPS AND INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

The counselors may also meet individually with students- by parent, teacher, or student request.  To see the counselor, students should fill out a Request to See the Counselor form located in the envelope on door 300 and put it in the mailbox on the same door.  The counselors will be again offering student support groups this semester for students who may be experiencing difficulty with:  absence of a parent, success in school, friendship, anger management, adapting to life in the United States, anxiety, social skills, etc.  If your child is referred for a group, the counselors will send home a permission slip for you to sign and return for your child to be able to participate in the group.  Typically, student support groups will meet once a week during the same elective class period for six-eight sessions.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact their grade level counselor.  Ms. Barrera, Ms. Lerner, Ms. Gallier, Ms. Gomez, and Ms. Hanlon would be happy to meet with you personally to discuss your questions/concerns or talk by phone.  Please call first to set up an appointment since we are usually with students during the school day.

Ms Barrera, 8th grade:  386-3428

Ms. Lerner, 7th grade:  386-3426

Ms. Gallier, Ms. Hanlon, and Ms. Gomez, 6th grade: 386-3427


DECEMBER 2017

We are excited that the report cards went home recently and so many of our students had great grades!  As you know, it takes everyone working together- students, parents, and school personnel- for students to do their best.  Parents often ask us counselors for help or advice on how they can help their child or children be successful in school.  Here are some suggestions that you can start with now so that when things begin to get tougher for your child or the work seems to get harder, your child you will already have these in place.

  1. Set aside time 15 – 20 minutes a day to read with your child. Listen to your child read sometimes and maybe even read to them if they want.
  2. Designate a place for your child to do their homework. Check with them to make sure they have the supplies they need to complete their homework, for example: pencils, pens, paper, books, planners, etc.  When your child has completed their homework, check over it to make sure they have answered all questions and all work has been completed.  As the parent you can always ask them to correct their errors!
  3. Help your child plan their time for completion of work. Help them organize what work needs to be done immediately, what work needs extra time to complete, and check online (Skyward) to make sure the assignment was turned in and they received a grade for it.  If you don’t know how to check grades on Skyward, please call our parent liaison, Ms. Laura Lopez at 386-3400.
  4. Help your child set goals to reach regarding their school work. Praise your child or offer positive reinforcement when they reach the goals.
  5. Encourage your child to ask for help from their classroom teacher or you, when they do not understand what they are to do. Do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher for additional assistance if you are unsure what the assignment is.

You may see that your child is continuing to struggle even with using the strategies above.  In these cases, please contact your child’s teacher to set up a parent conference so that we can all work together to get the student back on track.  If you have any counseling questions or concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact their grade level counselor anytime at the phone numbers below.  We are also happy to meet with you personally to discuss your questions/concerns or talk by phone; however, please call first to set up an appointment since we are usually with students during the school day. 

DECEMBER GUIDANCE INFORMATION

Topics, Resources, & How Parents/Guardians Can Help

This month counselors are continuing to work with students on registering for their next year’s classes.  You can see the timeline below for Fall Registration as well as some resources parents/guardians can use to assist their child with choosing classes and academic success.

When your child brings their class selection printout home, please remember to carefully discuss the class choices they have selected, make any changes necessary, sign  it, and return their sheet to school.  Once students are enrolled in classes, schedules can only be changed for errors, academic need, or principal approval.  Therefore, it is crucial that parents and students carefully review the course catalog and use it to select the correct classes on their course selection sheet according to the timeline below.  In addition, please talk to your child’s teacher now if you would like them to be considered for special classes such as PAP, success classes, band, athletics, etc. for next year.

Below are some resources that parents can use to support their children and reinforce our December guidance topics. You can also check out the Resources Page of this website for additional resources.

FALL REGISTRATION TIMELINE

October 30, 2017– Course Catalogs available on district website to read about/select classes.  Follow the directions below to visit the DVISD Course Catalog website.  Call your child’s current counselor if you have questions.

November 8, 2017- Cardinal Showcase for elementary students to visit middle schools at 9am with their teachers; Choice Sheets will be sent home with 5th graders to pick their 6th grade classes at this time- please fill out and sign the Choice Sheet with your child and return it to your child’s 5th grade teacher.  Call your child’s elementary counselor if you have questions.

Month of November 2017– Students will make tentative 2018-19 class selections and update their Personal Graduation Plans (PGP), if needed.  For more info on Personal Graduation Plans, click this link here: http://curriculum-instruction.dvisd.net/personalgraduationplans/.   In December/January, students will bring home course selections sheets and any updated PGPs to be signed by parents.

November/December 2017– Presentations about Early College High School, Endorsements, College & Career Readiness, and PGPs for Parents/Guardians, exact dates TBD

December/January 2017– All parent-signed course selection sheets due back to counselors.

Months of January to April 2018–   Personal Graduation Plan/College and Career Info Sessions for Parents, exact dates TBD

Happy Holidays!

Ms. Barrera, 8th grade:  386-3428

Ms. Lerner, 7th grade:  386-3426

Ms. Buford, 6th grade Princeton: 386-3427

Ms. Gallier, 6th grade Cornell: 386-3427


NOVEMBER 2017

Happy Fall! The DVMS counselors continue to visit students’ science and technology classes to give guidance info sessions once a month on a variety of topics.  In our November guidance sessions, we are helping students select their classes for the 2017-18 year! We will be showing students the course catalog, explaining endorsements (similar to a college major, but for high school), and guiding them to create their personal graduation plan (PGP). For more information on any of these topics, please see the links and resources section below.

Students will then select their classes and bring a printout of their course selection sheet home for parents to review, sign, and return. As in every guidance info session, we will also review healthy coping skills, conflict resolution, and safety skills in our November guidance session.

NOVEMBER GUIDANCE INFORMATION

Topic, Resources, & How Parents Can Help

As explained above, counselors will help students pick their classes for the following school year. This begins the process of Fall Registration to get students signed up for all their classes for the 2018-19 school year.  This is a huge effort involving parents, students, teachers, counselors, and administration.

When your child brings home the printout of their course selection sheet in late November, please carefully discuss the class choices they have selected, make any changes necessary, sign  it, and return their sheet to school.  Once students are enrolled in classes, schedules can only be changed for errors, academic need, or principal approval.  Therefore, it is crucial that parents and students carefully review the course catalog and use it to select the correct classes on their course selection sheet according to the timeline below.  In addition, please talk to your child’s teacher now if you would like them to be considered for special classes such as PAP, success classes, band, athletics, etc. for next year.

Below are some resources that parents can use to support their children and reinforce our November guidance topics. You can also check out the Resources Page of this website for additional resources.

FALL REGISTRATION TIMELINE:

 

October 30, 2017– Course Catalogs available on district website to read about/select classes.  Follow the directions below to visit the DVISD Course Catalog website.  Call your child’s current counselor if you have questions.

2018-2019 Course Catalog

 

November 8, 2017– Cardinal Showcase for elementary students to visit middle schools at 9am with their teachers; Choice Sheets will be sent home with 5th graders to pick their 6th grade classes at this time- please fill out and sign the Choice Sheet with your child and return it to your child’s 5th grade teacher.  Call your child’s elementary counselor if you have questions.

Month of November 2017– Students will make tentative 2018-19 class selections and update their Personal Graduation Plans (PGP), if needed.  For more info on Personal Graduation Plans, click this link here: http://curriculum-instruction.dvisd.net/personalgraduationplans/.   In late November, students will bring home course selections sheets and any updated PGPs to be signed by parents.

November/Early December 2017– Presentations about Early College High School, Endorsements, College & Career Readiness, and PGPs for Parents/Guardians, exact dates TBD

December/January 2017– All parent-signed course selection sheets due back to counselors.

Months of January to April 2018–   Personal Graduation Plan/College and Career Info Sessions for Parents, exact dates TBD

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact their grade level counselor.  Ms. Barrera, Ms. Lerner,  Ms. Buford and Ms. Gallier would be happy to meet with you personally to discuss your questions/concerns or talk by phone.  Please call first to set up an appointment since we are usually with students during the school day.

 

OCTOBER 2017

Wow!  DVMS is off to a great start for the 2017-18 school year! The counselors continue to visit students’ science and technology classes to give guidance info sessions once a month on a variety of topics.  In October, we will be learning about healthy coping skills, as well as continuing to practice conflict resolution and safety skills.

GUIDANCE INFORMATION

Topic, Resources, & How Parents Can Help

As mentioned above, counselors will discuss how students can identify and use healthy coping skills.  A healthy coping skill is the method a person uses to deal with a stressful situation- this method should make the person feel better AND not create any additional problems for the person. Counselors will also review how students can get help in an emergency and how we support students with academic or social-emotional issues.  Throughout the school year, one of the main ways parents can support their children academically is to check student grades in Skyward- a tutorial link is provided below.  This is a great activity for students and parents to do on a weekly basis together in order to set goals for self-improvement.  Parents can also support their child’s social-emotional health by modeling healthy coping skills such as going on a family walk, watching a favorite movie or show, or reading a book together.

Below are some other resources that parents can use to support their children and reinforce our October guidance topics. You can also check out the Resources Page of this website for additional resources.

THE FOUR STEPS OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION

In some classes, we will also continue to role play the Four Steps of Conflict Resolution that we encourage all DVMS students to use:

  1. Ignore
  2. Move Away
  3. Give an “I” Message (example- “I don’t like it when you tap my desk, please stop.”)
  4. Tell an Adult

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact their grade level counselor.  Ms. Barrera, Ms. Lerner, and Ms. Buford would be happy to meet with you personally to discuss your questions/concerns or talk by phone.  Please call first to set up an appointment since we are usually with students during the school day.

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2017

Happy September, from the DVMS Counseling Office! The counselors will visit students’ science, computer science and BIM classes to give counseling information sessions once a month on a variety of topics, such as how to make an appointment with the DVMS counselors, drug and alcohol prevention, anti-bullying strategies, how to manage test stress, college and career readiness, choosing their 2018-19 classes, and more!

SEPTEMBER GUIDANCE INFORMATION

Topic, Resources, & How Parents Can Help

For September’s guidance info session, counselors will discuss how students can identify, prevent, and get help for student emergencies, especially mental health crises.  Counselors will also discuss how they can support students with academic or social-emotional issues.  One of the main ways parents can support their children academically is to check student grades in Skyward- a tutorial link is provided below.  This is a great activity for students and parents to do on a weekly basis together in order to set goals for self-improvement.  Below are some other resources that parents can use to support their children and reinforce our September guidance topics. You can also check out the Resources Page of this website for additional resources.

THE FOUR STEPS OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION

In some classes, we will also role play the Four Steps of Conflict Resolution that we encourage all DVMS students to use:

  1. Ignore
  2. Move Away
  3. Give an “I” Message (example- “I don’t like it when you tap my desk, please stop.”)
  4. Tell an Adult

Counselors will also remind students how to fill out counselor request forms and AP incident reports if they need help.

GROUPS AND INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

The counselors may also meet individually with students- by parent, teacher, or student request.  To see the counselor, students should fill out a Request to See the Counselor form located in the envelope on door 300 and put it in the mailbox on the same door.  The counselors will be offering student support groups this year for students who may be experiencing difficulty with:  absence of a parent, success in school, friendship, anger management, adapting to life in the United States, anxiety, social skills, etc.  If your child is referred for a group, the counselors will send home a permission slip for you to sign and return for your child to be able to participate in the group.  Typically, student support groups will meet once a week during the same elective class period for six-eight sessions.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to contact their grade level counselor.  Ms. Barrera, Ms. Lerner, Ms. Gallier and Ms. Buford would be happy to meet with you personally to discuss your questions/concerns or talk by phone.  Please call first to set up an appointment since we are usually with students during the school day.

AUGUST 2017

The Counselors of Del Valle Middle School, Ms. Barrera, Ms. Lerner and Ms. Buford would like to welcome you and your child to Del Valle Middle School!  Ms. Lerner is the counselor for students in grade 7, Ms.  Barrera is the counselor for students in grade 8, Ms. Buford is the counselor intern for students in grade 6.  We are eager to help your child with any social, emotional, or behavioral issues that impact them or their learning at school.  Counselors help students through guidance lessons, counseling groups, individual sessions, and more.  Students should complete a Request to See the Counselor form in order to meet with their school counselor.   If a student has an emergency, they do not have to complete a request.  An emergency is defined as one of the 3 hurts:

  • Threats to hurt him/herself
  • Threats to hurt another person
  • Threats that someone else will hurt them

We are required to report emergencies the above to the proper authorities, i.e. administrator, teacher, parent, etc.

Our instructional administrator, Mrs. Vaught, has worked hard to create student schedules.  You may contact her at (386-3433) if you have a scheduling question, but counselors can also help if you feel there is an error in your child’s schedule.

 Parents are also welcome to contact their child’s counselor with any social, emotional, or behavior concerns that impact school learning. Your questions and concerns are very important to us. Due to various commitments to students, however, we are often not able to take walk-in appointments. If you need to speak with us, please call or email us first to make an appointment. Contact information is below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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