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April 2021

Welcome Students and Parents

We hope you have begun to establish healthy habits, have been sticking with your goals and priorities, and continuing to invest in building meaningful relationships with others. We want this to be a great year for all! CISD Counselors continue to be present for all students, parents, and staff. Your well-being is important to us. Please let us know how we can serve you this year.

Mark Your Calendars

April 2 - Bad Weather Makeup Day

April 6-8 - Arena Scheduling for Current 10th Grade Students

April 16 - Half Day

April 17 - ACT @ CSHS

April 30 - Half Day

May 8 - SAT

May 3 -14 - AP Testing

May 26 - Half Day

May 27 - Last Day of School/Half Day

May 28 - Graduation Practice @ Dragon Stadium 8:00 am

May 28 - Graduation Ceremony @ Dragon Stadium 7:30 pm

June 5 - SAT @ CSHS

June 12 - ACT

July 17 - ACT

April's Focus Topics: PEACE and SOCIAL AWARENESS

The Value of Peace for Students

If we can equip kids with the skills that they need to be human beings who build healthy relationships and solve problems in ways that value the inherent dignity of others, our world will benefit now and in the future.

How to Create Peace for Students

  1. Model kindness and empathy. ...
  2. Repair, don't punish. ...
  3. Create a democratic space. ...
  4. Use experiential learning. ...
  5. Give a voice to the excluded. ...
  6. Encourage collaboration. ...
  7. Discuss controversial issues. ...
  8. Integrate service learning.

What is Social Awareness?

Social awareness is defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as, “the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from various backgrounds. [It is] the ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.”

What Skills are Associated with Social Awareness?
Based on the above definition, there are several skills that are associated with social awareness. In order to demonstrate this aspect of Social Emotional Learning, students need to develop awareness and abilities related to each of the following skills:

  • Perspective-taking: Perspective-taking involves the ability to look at and understand a situation or concept from an alternate point of view.
  • Empathy: Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. A common saying associated with empathy is to “put yourself in his/her shoes.”
  • Respect for others: Students are asked to treat each other with kindness.

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Teen Life Spring 2021 Support Groups

Teen Life is excited to continue to serve students during the Spring 2021 semester! We are excited to offer our traditional eight week in-person groups as well as four week virtual groups this semester. Please email your school counselor if your student would like to join a Teen Life support group. For more information, visit: www.teenlife.ngo

Mentoring Roundtable at House of Shine

The Mentoring Roundtable Program is a unique leadership experience offered to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors by House of Shine, a Grapevine based non-profit. These students get to spend an evening with an accomplished leader who answers questions and tells stories about their life journey. Our goal is to inspire students and help them envision their future path by exposing them to paths taken by various fulfilled and purpose driven professionals. These programs are scheduled to occur every other Tuesday evening from 6:30 – 8:00pm through the end of May. Register for an upcoming Mentoring Roundtable at www.houseofshine.com/mentoring.

Mindful Parenting Family Tool Kit

Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, to the present moment, with non-judgment. Jon Kabat-Zinn

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CISD Counselors are here for you!

View our video below to learn more about us!

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Great news! Your student now has access to YouScience - a tool that will help them discover where their natural talents and passions meet. We believe YouScience is a great way for students to learn more about themselves, explore high-demand careers that are a good fit for them, and gain a better understanding of how their unique talents are needed in the economy.

Through a series of engaging 'brain games,' YouScience measures aptitudes (natural abilities most important to career choice). We then translate those talents (combined with interests) into real world, high-demand careers.

YouScience has been proven to engage students effectively and provide the direction they need to make the most important education and career decisions.

The insights students get from YouScience are meaningful and actionable. We want parents to be in the know and able to engage their students in conversation about their results and plans for the future. We have provided some FAQs and conversation starters to help get them talking!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is YouScience?

YouScience is an online assessment that uses 11 "brain games" to find where passions and talents meet. We then match each student to more than 500 high-demand careers to recommend the paths that best fit their natural abilities.

How is YouScience different than other tests?

Most career guidance relies on interest-only surveys, but YouScience goes beyond that to measure natural abilities. While interests can be limited by exposure and understanding, aptitudes are able to give a broader spectrum of options and opportunities. Most importantly, you will never see a score on a YouScience profile. There is no pass/fail or good/bad. Every student has talent - we want to help them understand what makes them great and how to make most of it.

More Info For Parents

Conversation Starters

Click the link below to learn more about YouScience and what it means for your student.


The Problem YouScience Solves


We tend to idealize childhood as a carefree time, but youth alone offers no shield against the emotional hurts and traumas many children face. Children can be asked to deal with problems ranging from adapting to a new classroom to bullying by classmates or even abuse at home. Add to that the uncertainties that are part of growing up, and childhood can be anything but carefree. The ability to thrive despite these challenges arises from the skills of resilience.

The good news is that resilience skills can be learned.

Building resilience — the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress — can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. However, being resilient does not mean that children won't experience difficulty or distress. Emotional pain and sadness are common when we have suffered major trauma or personal loss, or even when we hear of someone else's loss or trauma.


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Our New Anonymous Reporting App: STOPit

Carroll ISD is committed to ensuring a safe learning environment. Implementing programs that address the emotional and physical well being for all of our students, making personal connections with each student, and providing an anonymous system for reporting potentially dangerous situations are some of the ways we can accomplish this goal. We are pleased to announce that STOPit is now a part of our anonymous reporting efforts.

STOPit is designed to help students, parents and community members anonymously report concerns in our school community. Information about self harm, suicidal thoughts, bullying, harassment, drugs, violence, weapons, theft, or any other potential threat to school safety should be reported.

A New Type of Help: Crisis Text Line



With today's teenagers living in the age of texting, the Crisis Text Line has noticed they feel more comfortable texting rather than calling into a helpline when they are in need of help. The great thing about this support is it is available 24/7 to anyone in any type of crisis. You can text confidentially between classes, in the middle of a situation without anyone knowing who you are talking to. Crisis counselors are on stand by 24/7 to help you from the heat of the moment to until you are calm.

Crisis doesn’t just mean suicide: it’s any painful emotion for which you need support.

See how the Crisis Text Line Works

See the Article about Crisis Text Line in USA Today


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Financial Aide - FAFSA Information

Scholarship Information

Visit your Naviance Account for a full list of scholarships available to you. There is a TON of money out there, APPLY and maybe you will be selected!

Check the Scholarship list in Naviance Monthly:

  1. Log in
  2. Click on the Colleges Tab
  3. Then click Scholarships and Money.

**Seniors this list will grow, make sure you check at least once per month.

You can also visit:



Our Counseling Team

Tracey Flores, M. Ed., Lead Counselor

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Melissa Woodward, M. Ed.

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Keri Bettencourt, M. Ed.

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Tammy Grasmick, M. S.

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Deborah Warner, M. Ed.

Intervention Counselor - CSHS 504 Coordinator


Counseling Office Support Staff

Deidra Mulloy



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Shela Daniel