Travis High School
Section One: Our School and the Role of the School Counselor
• Seniors: 637, Juniors: 705, Sophomores: 726, Freshman: 755
• Faculty: 195 – 32% have master’s degrees and beyond
• Schedule: Classes meet 50 minutes per day, maximum 7 periods per day, 5 days each week, 18 weeks per semester
• School Year: August 14, 2019 to May 28, 2020
• Accreditation: Southern Association of Secondary Schools and the Texas Education Agency. Travis HS is Recognized by Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) and State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)
College Admission Testing
2017-2018: Travis- 552, Texas- 520
2016-2017: Travis- 568, Texas- 548
2015-2016: Travis- 549, Texas- 512
2017-2018: Travis- 542, Texas- 512
2016-2017: Travis- 557, Texas- 542
2015-2016: Travis- 550, Texas- 507
2017-2018: Travis- 20.5, Texas- 20.6
2016-2017: Travis- 22.8, Texas- 20.7
2015-2016: Travis- 22.1, Texas- 20.6
Dwelvin Oliphant, M.Ed., M.A.
AP Testing Coordinator
Foreign Transcript Evaluator
Academic Excellence Awards/Underclassmen and Senior Awards Night
Mr. Oliphant has been a school counselor for over 7 years and has been an educator of youth for over 25 years. He loves helping young adults grow academically and socially throughout their high school years.
He has an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, a masters degree in Education Administration and a masters degree in Counseling. He is proud to be an alumni of Sam Houston State University and he is a Bearkat for life.
LaDale Lamb, M.Ed., M.A.
SAT Saturday/School Day Coordinator
Homeless/Park Youth Ranch/McKinney Vento Counselor Liaison
College Board/ACT SSD Coordinator
Ms. Lamb earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics Education from the Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she was a member of The Lady Jaguar Softball Team. She has been in education for 20 years. She started her teaching career in Fort Worth ISD where she taught Mathematics and AVID for 15 years. She has served as a coach, student council sponsor, Administrator and Dean of Students. She left administration to come back to counseling 3 years ago at William B. Travis High School. She holds a Masters degree in Counseling and Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M University.
Monet Newsome, M.Ed.
Campus Based Leadership Team Member
Foreign Exchange Program Liaison
PBIS Counselor Representative
Ms. Newsome has been in education for 5 years. She is a proud product of Fort Bend ISD where she graduated from Elkins High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Sam Houston State University. She received her Master of Education in School Counseling from Houston Baptist University.
Jeanne Andrews, M.S., LPC
Counselor for Gr-La, 9th-12th Grade
GT Information Liaison and Testing Facilitator
District Crisis Team Member
Campus Crisis Team Member
Ms. Andrews has had the pleasure of working in the education field for thirty years. Previously working as a Family and Children’s Therapist, she has the view of the holistic process of the individual and the family unit which helps a great deal with all of her students. She graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro, Kentucky with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration Management, with an emphasis in Psychology, Sociology, and Education. Ms. Andrews also graduated from the University of South Alabama with a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Cheryl Clark, M.Ed.
504 Transition Coordinator
Attendance Committee Member
Discipline Committee Member
Ms. Clark earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Psychology from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. She started her teaching career working with Pre-Kindergarten students and, while she enjoyed many years working with young students, she decided to make the move to high school in 2014. She began working at Travis High School in the Special Education department and served three years as the Department Chair. During this time she earned her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Houston Baptist University. While Ms. Clark absolutely loves teaching, she is truly excited to serve students outside of the classroom as a member of the Counseling Team at Travis High School.
Brenell Young, M.A.
District Crisis Team Member
National Merit Scholarship Liaison
Elementary College Fair Coordinator
Ms. Young is a proud “two time” Historically Black College and University (HBCU) graduate. Her bachelor’s degree was earned from Texas Southern University and her master's was earned from Prairie View A&M University. She earned a principal certification from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. She also holds a paralegal certification. Ms. Young has held various positions ranging from teacher, counselor (all levels), college and career readiness coordinator, and assistant principal. She absolutely loves the land of “education” as it lends itself to so many career paths and opportunities.
Tanya Johnson, M.A.
No Place For Hate Campus Coordinator
PBIS Counselor Representative
District Crisis Team Member
Ms. Johnson is a proud product of Alief ISD where she graduated from Alief Hastings High School. After high school she moved to Nashville, TN where she obtained her Bachelor's in Psychology from the Illustrious Fisk University, home of the Jubilee Singers. After graduation she remained in Nashville where she began teaching with one of the local Head Start programs. Ms. Johnson moved back to Texas shortly after Hurricane Rita and began working on her alternative certification. Once she received her certification she taught for 11 years between Alief ISD and Fort Bend ISD. She earned her Master of Education in Counseling from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX in an effort to move into counseling. Ms. Johnson absolutely loves what she does and building meaningful relationships with students and families is very important to her.
Becky Martinez, B.S.
Mrs. Martinez is the College & Career Advisor for ALL 2,800 plus students at William B. Travis High School. She has served in this role for the past 6 years and in education for a total of 13 years. She earned her Bachelors in Science in Education from the University of South Dakota. She loves helping students see their full potential and guiding them to get there. She is a firm believer that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. That being said, she gives much of her time back to Travis and it’s students by supporting them in all they do. She loves her job because she love her kids!
The Role of a Travis Counselor
Leadership and Advocacy
- The Self Love Club
- Freshman and Sophomore Connect group
- Career and college fairs
- No Place for Hate
- Advisory lessons and presentations
- Wellness Wednesday Newsletter to teachers and parents
- WOW Wednesday (counselor's monthly recognition of a dedicated teacher)
- Academic Excellence Night
- Underclassman Awards Night
- Senior Awards Night
Administration signing Resolution of Respect
A No Place for Hate initiative
Newsletter sent to teachers once a week from the counseling department and added to the counseling website for parent access
Self Love Club
Club started by the counseling department
Section Two: Program Implementation Cycle
Travis High School's Counseling Advisory Council (CAC)
The CAC’s purpose is to assist our counseling department in making sure we continue to implement a comprehensive guidance and counseling program. The CAC helps create a balanced guidance and counseling program while evaluating the effectiveness of the program. The CAC administrators and counselors met in the fall to review/discuss No Place for Hate Activities, SAT School Day, Course Selection Night and various needs assessments. The CAC, with it's growing membership, will also meet in the spring to discuss AP testing, School Counselors' Week, Course Selections, Saturday School, O-Lab and student attendance, as well as to evaluate our program and make recommendations for the upcoming school year. The counseling department and select members of the CAC will continue to meet weekly throughout the school year.
Travis High School Counseling Advisory Council (CAC) Members
Jeanne Andrews, Counselor and LPC
Cheryl Clark, Counselor
Tanya Johnson, Counselor
Monet Newsome, Counselor
LaDale Webster-Lamb, Counselor
Brenell Young, Counselor
Dwelvin Oliphant, Lead Counselor
Becky Martinez, College and Career Readiness Counselor
Karen Blake, Teacher and LPC
Andrea Spina, Librarian
Betty Roberts, Teacher
Vicky Cravens, English Language Learner Teacher
Stephanie Hernandez, Parent
Kristine Anderson, Parent
Rachel Luken, Community Representative-Starbucks
Karl Volney, Community Representative-Randalls, Pecan Grove
Melissa Santos, Community Representative-HEB
Andrea Ortiz, Community Representative-Wespark Springs
Dwayne Gosvenor, Community Representative- Finnegan Auto Group
Heather Domjan, Higher Education Partner
Saqueena Sutton, HCC Adult Education
Brittany Johnson, Assistant Athletic Director Prairie View A&M University
Michael O'Connor, James Reese Staff
The CAC's use of the Implementation Cycle
Section Three: Foundational Components
Definition of our Counseling Program
Rationale of our Counseling Program
Dr. Austin Lane, President of TSU
Speaking to Travis High School juniors, arranged by the counseling department
Celebrating Hello Kindness Week
School wide initiative
Teacher of the month recognized by the counseling office
Our Counseling Program Assumptions
First, there are certain conditions that are required for the program to occur:
- The program must contain, at a minimum, the four delivery system components and must be employed by a certified counselor.
- Everyone must have equal access to the program regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic background or language.
- Parents will be a partner in their child’s education.
- a positive and safe work environment
- support and commitment from the administration; the administration will make decisions to implement policies and procedures in support of the program’s priorities and demands
- an adequate budget and guidance materials
- Staff must have clearly defined roles and accept the responsibilities of the guidance program
- Administration must provide support for the Counseling department and work along with counselors to ensure the success of the students we service
- School counselors must be fully certified, and the student to counselor ratio must be suitable to implementing the designed program
- Time and opportunity must be provided for guidance programs to be designed, implemented and evaluated and for the staff to be effectively trained
- An adequate budget must be established, materials should be easily accessible and sufficient facilities must be made available for use
Development of Our Program Goals
1. Provide guidance for students in setting and carrying out goals, improving study skills and test taking skills;
2. Increase student access to counselors;
3. Inform students about options for after high school, and selecting and getting into college.
From these campus priorities the counseling team partnered with the administration team and developed the counseling Program Goals for this school year.
Our Counseling Program Goals
Evaluation of our Program's Success
The Travis High School Comprehensive Guidance Counseling program is evaluated in three parts; evaluation of the effectiveness of the school counselors, an evaluation of the implementation of the guidance program and an evaluation of the results of the guidance program.
- First, the school counselors are evaluated informally throughout the school year by the lead counselor through observations, feedback from parents and staff, and informal student interviews. Each year the counseling department has a formal evaluation completed by the Administration with the input of the lead counselor. School counselors are appraised based on professionalism, adherence to ethical standards, continued education, advocacy for all students and other factors.
- Second, the Guidance program itself is evaluated through the school year by Administrators, the counseling team and the Counseling Advisory Council (CAC). The Guidance program is evaluated to ensure it continues to match with the mission, priorities and goals of Travis High school and its students. The program is also evaluated to ensure the program is implemented with strict adherence to ethical guidelines as well as with fidelity by each counselor.
- Third, the impact of the guidance program is evaluated by the CAC. Members of the CAC determine the impact of the guidance program on the student academic and social and emotional growth throughout the year, as well as the program’s impact on parents and the community. This is done by reviewing:
- Process data, in which the members review what lessons, activities, and services were implemented by the counselors during the year.
- Perception data, which is collected through informal interviews and surveys done with students, parents and staff to determine how the counseling program is perceived.
- Outcome data, in which members of the CAC review the impact of the counseling program, this includes attendance percentages, discipline data, STAAR testing results and data related specifically to the counseling department.
Section Four: Four Service Delivery Components
· Freshman Connect
· Sophomore Connect
· Social-Emotional and/or Profile of a Graduate Lesson
· Goal Setting
· Campus Wide Mental Health Initiative
· No Place for Hate
Smart Goal: Counselors will create and manage a guidance group called Freshman Connect and Sophomore Connect in order to discuss goal setting, study skills, test taking strategies, and academic excellence twice a week or 50 minutes each week.
· Attendance Lessons
· Threat Assessment
· Immediate Needs Assessment
· 504 Meetings
· Student mediations
· Child Protective Services Reporting
· Substance Abuse Program
Smart Goal: Counselors will help to educate student on the benefits of coming to school and the consequences of excessive absences as well as the Texas Attendance for Credit Law.
Learning Objective: Students will learn and understand the Texas Attendance for Credit Law. Students will learn and understand the benefits of coming to school and the consequences of excessive absences. Students will take a 6 question attendance for Credit quiz to check for understanding.
Lesson: Students reviewed a short 10 minute video created by the counseling department in which information regarding Texas Attendance Credit law, as well as the benefits of coming to school and the consequences of excessive absences were presented by the head of the attendance committee and the Truancy officer for Travis.
Post Test Results
· 46% of students answered question 1 correctly.
· 96% of students answered question 2 correctly.
· 96% of students answered question 3 correctly.
· 66% of students answered question 4 correctly.
· 94% of students answered question 5 correctly.
· Individual planning meeting for 11th & 12th grade
· Senior Contingency Forms
· Course and endorsement selection
· Counselor College Updates
· College Admission Representative Visits
Smart Goal: Students will receive more information about options after high school including selecting and getting into college. Counselors will work in conjunction with our campus College and Career Readiness Counselor in order to hold campus college fairs and career days on campus and in the Travis Feeder Pattern schools. Counselors will attend 16 College Updates. There will be a total of 125 college admissions representative visits throughout the school year.
· Counselor Twitter
· Parent and student survey
· Parent University on counseling website
· Work with community partners
· Professional Development for counseling staff
· Meetings with counseling staff and administration
· Counselor Principal Agreement
Smart Goal: Counselors will implement an increased social media presence by creating the THS Counseling Twitter page to increase student access to counselors.
Collaboration with Parents:
Parents were sent a Needs Assessment Survey to be completed online. The results will be used to determine how our School Counseling program can help support student achievement. Based on the results of the survey, our Counseling Department will provide follow up informational sessions throughout the year that will enhance academic, social/emotional and career development for the families of the students we serve.
Yearly Calendar of Activities
Section Five: Program Curriculum
Post-Secondary Planning and Career Readiness
Post Secondary Planning And Career Readiness Activity
A total of 23 students attended the Texas Southern University presentation and 15 students were accepted to the week-long summer scholars program, at no cost. Students were given the opportunity to explore college programs, on campus dormitory experiences, and connect with like-minded juniors from surrounding schools.
As a result of an outstanding and informed presentation given by Dr. Brian Armstrong and Dr. Austin Lane, over half of the students who attended have applied for admission to Texas Southern University, which is one of the largest HBCU’s in the nation.