Rick Schneider Middle School
Principal: Kristin Still
Section I: Role of our School Counselors
At Rick Schneider Middle School, our School Counselors serve the educational, social, and emotional needs of students through school-wide guidance, individual sessions, and group counseling sessions so that each child will become a productive member of society. Our School Counselors collaborate with the administrative team to develop programs and support families including parent education, consultation, resources, and referrals.
Danielle Knight, 5th grade School Counselor
Maricela Escamilla, 6th grade School Counselor
About Our School
Danielle Knight, 5th grade School Counselor
- M. Ed. in School Counseling from Lamar University
- TSCA Member
- Certified Level 1 Trauma Practitioner
Maricela Escamilla, 6th grade School Counselor
- M. Ed. in School Counseling from University of Houston-Clear Lake
Certified Level 1 Trauma Practitioner
Leadership and Advocacy
Our success at Rick Schneider Middle School is largely due to the active role the Counselors play on the administrative team. They conduct weekly group and individual student counseling sessions for specific students with greater needs. One example of their leadership on campus is when our Counselors meet with teacher teams during their Professional Learning Communities to better equip our teachers on needed skills to help students who are in crisis or have undergone past trauma. Teacher teams spent the past year receiving monthly social/emotional training to better understand and support our students’ emotional needs in the classroom setting.
Section II: Program Implementation Cycle
School Counseling Advisory Council
The Rick Schneider Middle School Counseling Advisory Council (CAC) meets 4 times each school year: September, October, December, and March.
Kristin Still, Principal
Oziel Chapa, Assistant Principal
Justin Duncan, Assistant Principal
Danielle Knight, School Counselor
Maricela Escamilla, School Counselor
Beckie Patterson, Teacher
Trey Jones, Teacher
Rosa Garza, Parent Representative
Sofia Garza, Student Representative
Laura Salinas, Communities in Schools Representative
Use of Implementation Cycle:
At the last meeting of the year, the CAC celebrated our CREST win for the second year in a row and discussed updating our program plan for the 2019-2020 school year based on feedback received from our school family needs assessment. For instance, we discussed our attendance data, and ways we can improve attendance on campus. The CAC collaborated with the Foundations team and the Administration team to put in place fun activities and dress up days to help increase attendance.
Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas
Students performed during our Spartan Jingle Jam in December.
RSMS has clubs twice a month, and the clubs give the students opportunities to learn about possible career choices and to try something new. Check out Assistant Principal Mr. Chapa visiting the Nail Salon Club!
Section III: Foundational Components
Pasadena ISD Counseling Department's Mission Statement
Definition, Rationale, and Assumptions
The Pasadena ISD Counseling Department will support and advance the social and emotional health, as well as the college and career development of all students through the delivery of a comprehensive guidance program. Students will receive supports through individual and group counseling, guidance curriculum, along with referral services provided through a variety of community partnerships.
The Pasadena ISD Counseling Department promotes social/emotional and academic development to support, empower and shape positive, assertive students. The counseling program addresses competencies such as health and safety, Intra/Interpersonal effectiveness, along with college and career planning. Pasadena ISD counselors will accomplish these goals through student, staff and parent needs assessments to inform the campus comprehensive guidance program on how to best meet the needs of the school community. The professional school counselor utilizes individual and group counseling, guidance lessons, district resources, advocacy, and consultation to meet the unique and diverse needs of all students.
For the Rick Schneider Middle School Counseling program to be implemented and effective, the following conditions and resources are necessary.
Use of data: student/staff/parent needs assessments, campus data (discipline, attendance, achievement).
Campus supports: staff supports the role of the school counselor and all support counseling program goals.
Training: District provides relevant training to enhance the campus comprehensive guidance program and support the work of the school counselor
Materials/Supplies: Campus budget and district supports are available to ensure curriculum and general supply needs are met
Organizational and Communication Tools: Calendar for campus and district is communicated and organized for best planning.
District Supports: Guidelines and procedures are communicated and readily available to the school counselor
Role of the Counselor: Campus and district support the role of the school counselor and make every effort to protect the integrity of the position.
Community Partners: Community partners exist to support the overall physical and mental health of all students.
Developing Program Goals
Evaluating Our Program
Section IV: Four Service Delivery Components
SMART Goals by Delivery Components
At the beginning of every grading period, the school counselors will collaborate with teachers to set an individual academic, reading, and behavior goal for every student to meet by the end of the grading period so that each student can attend a motivational incentive event. Reading goals will be set by each individual student ability level. By the end of the school year, the number of students that meet their academic, reading, and behavior goal will increase by at least 20%.
Counselors will provide a minimum of five Conscious Discipline guidance lesson plans and activities for teachers to deliver to students by the end of the first grading period on the topics of Brain States, Composure, Self-Regulation, Choices, and Consequences.
Counselors will provide a minimum of 6 sessions of trauma group counseling using Healing the Experience of Trauma: Path to Resilience guidebook. Trauma counseling will be provided to students that score in the “moderate to severe” range on the trauma screening tool. At the end of the 6 sessions, trauma screening scores will decrease by 50%.
By the end of the 18-19 school year, counselors will train 100% of teaching staff about how to create a positive classroom climate and culture using the Seven Powers of Conscious Discipline curriculum. Progress will be measured by a teacher self-report that will be completed before and after the lessons have been delivered.
Activity by Service Component
- Academic, Behavior, and Reading goal setting with each student
- Truancy Conferences for students with more than 15 unexcused absences
- Home visits for students with more than 6 consecutive absences
- Individual counseling for students with BIPs and by student request
- Respond to all individual counseling requests via online counseling referral
- Organize School Club program so that every student on campus participates in a school club during the school day
- Mentor program with Community Partner for students with academic, social/emotional, and/or behavior needs
- Individual elective course selection for every current and incoming student
- Gifted and Talented Program screening of all enrolled students
- Create individual 504 plans
- Build master schedule around specific student learning needs
- Provide access to social service needs including food, shelter, clothing, Christmas presents, Thanksgiving meal, transportation for homeless students and migrant students
- Collaborate with feeder campus to organize Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 Credit by Exam for students to earn high school credit
- Duke TIP Talent Search
- Summer School Registration
- Kids 2 College lessons addressing learning styles inventory, high school options, types of degrees, college admission requirements, paying for college, career exploration.
- Conscious Discipline lessons on Brain States, Composure, Self-Regulation, Choices, and Consequences.
- Red Ribbon Week drug awareness lessons and class competitions
- Internet Safety school assembly by Crime Stoppers
- “Start With Hello” week lessons on social isolation
- Anti-Bullying week Kindness Challenges
- Attitude of Gratitude Week
- Student and Staff Shout-Outs
- Sixth grade lessons on Texas High School Graduation Plans and High School options
- Community Service Project- Canned Food Drive
- Fire Prevention Week lessons
- Pennies For Patients Fundraiser for Leukemia patients
- Operation Blessings Coordinator/ Thanksgiving food baskets
- Spartan Elves Toy Give-away
- Responded to 178 online counseling referrals in addition to counseling referrals submitted by teachers, students, and parents.
- 140 students referred to Communities in Schools social worker
- School supplies, clothing needs, hygiene needs, social services provided through Communities in Schools program
- McKinney Vento program case management
- 13 Referrals to Crisis Intervention Specialist
- Suicide and Violence Risk Assessments
- ADHD/Impulsive Behavior Student Support Group
- Self-Harm Support Group
- Grief Support Group
- Trauma Support Group
- Stay-Away Contracts and Victim Coaching
- Backpack Buddy Program
- Teacher Appreciation Week coordinator
- Campus Events Calendar for parents
- Social Media manager
- Parent Coordinator/ Title 1 Coordinator
- 504 Training
- Parent Coffee Chats/ Parent Education Classes
- Campus Improvement Plan contributors
- School Messenger (Phone Callouts) manager
- Team Building for staff meetings and New Teacher Orientation
- Jingle Jam Coordinator (Christmas Follies/Talent Show)
- New Student Orientation coordinator
- Safe and Civil/PBIS Team member
- Bell Schedule manager
- Partners in Pasadena Campus Liaison
- Feeder Campus visit Field Trip Organizer
Individual Planning Highlight
RSMS Counselors glowing it up at the Glow Party!
We ended the year strong with 84% of students being able to attend our 4th nine weeks Spartan Carnival!
The Faculty vs. Student Basketball game was a huge success!
Guidance Planning Highlight
System Support Highlight
Parent Collaboration Highlight
Students completed the Texas Reality Check online to determine which careers will give them the lifestyles they want to have as adults.
Parents served as chaperones and were able to also learn what role they play when their child pursues higher education.
Officer Triplett joining the students and University of Houston guides for a photo op.