Columbia Central Counselor Corner

Our smore will provide counseling updates for each building.

November 2020

Mrs. Diefenthaler, Mrs. Caryl, Mrs. Schatzle & Mrs. Phelps

High School Updates: Wendy Diefenthaler

Columbia Central High School

Academic Awards Night was supposed to be held on November 5, we have had to postpone this wonderful night. We are working on a safe way to celebrate all of our Academic Award Winners, please watch for further updates.

Seniors continue with College Applications! Just because College Application Month has ended does not mean that the application process has.

If you are planning on taking an AP Test, you need to sign up by November 6, 2020. The cost of each test is $95.00 and the money is due at the same time. This is considerable lower than college tuition. If you do well on the test you could earn up to 3 college credits. For most colleges, 3 credits would cost anywhere from $500-$800.

College Classes and Technical Certificates are available through our Jackson County Early College Program. If you are interested in starting your two year college degree early or are looking for a technical certificate I can help get you started. Sophomores and Freshman can get signed up any time. Stop in and see me about applying for this program


Junior High School Updates: Storm Caryl

Health and Wellness Advisory

Thursday, Nov. 5th, 10-10:30am

This is an online event.

This is a 20 minute Zoom session with Mrs. Caryl, Mrs. Diefenthaler, and Mrs. Wallace. This zoom session will be every Thursday at 10am. We will discuss wellness, academics, leadership, coping skills, and many more!

Don't miss out!!

Small groups will be starting in NOVEMBER!

I am starting groups for 7th and 8th grade in early November. Small groups are a way for students to meet their academic, social/emotional and career needs. We will be discussing a range of topics, but will focus on stress management and coping skills.

Permission slips will be sent out soon.

Weekly Affirmations

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Don't Forget: Counselor Closet

Upper Elementary Updates: Krista Schatzle

Happy Fall!!

We are now fully into the school year, and I can't tell you how great it has been getting to see all the wonderful smiling faces of my CUES friends!! We have been working hard on social distancing, hand washing, mask wearing, and working together to make our school a safe and happy environment to learn. We had an awesome Homecoming week full of fun dress days and exciting events. We are now gearing up for the holidays as they will be here before we know it!

As always, if needed, you can reach me at 592-2181, (ask for Mrs. Schatzle), or through email:

I am always happy to help!

October is Anti-bullying Month

This month the 6th grade classes are getting a guidance lesson on tolerance, creating a positive culture, and thinking about what kind of legacy they want to leave behind at CUES, both individually and as the class of 2027! They have been a fantastic audience, participating and taking the lesson seriously! We also wore orange on 10/21/20 to represent unity in having tolerance for all people and fighting bullying! This would be a great topic starter with your child, discussing how they can help make a difference in our school and create a culture of acceptance and kindness. I will work with grades third through fifth on this topic as well throughout October and November.

Monthly Mindfulness Tip:

Belly Breathing: Lie somewhere comfortable. Rest your hands gently on your belly. Take a deep breath in (about 5 seconds) and feel your belly expand and fill up under your hands. Breath out slowly (again, about 5 seconds) and feel your belly deflate like a balloon. Do this exercise several times, concentrating on your breathing and the rise and fall of your belly. This is awesome for both children and adults. It would be a wonderful activity to do together! :)

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Lower Elementary Updates: Ashley Phelps


Whether your student is in person or virtual I am happy to help in anyway I can!

You can reach me by email: or by calling 517-769-8557, feel free to leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I am available.

Monthly Family Wellness - Practice Gratitude together

Everyday is a day to be grateful. The month of November is a great time to explore as a family how to show gratitude.

Here are some conversation starters to use when discussing gratitude:

What is your favorite part about your home? Why?

What is something special about who you are grateful for?

What is one of your favorite things to do? Why are you grateful for it?

What is something about your teacher that you are grateful for?

Who did something nice for you today? What was it?

What is something you love doing with your parents?

Friday, November 13th is World Kindness Day!

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Healthy Habits for Kids

We are continuing to practice good hand washing habits with students daily. Check out more healthy habits for them to practice to keep the germs away!
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Mental Health and Crisis Intervention Resource List

Mental Health Resource List

The following document provides a list of different mental health resources available in our surrounding area. If immediate danger is suspected please call 911. For additional guidance and support, our district counselors are available through school email.

Storm Caryl-School Counselor,

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Wendy Diefenthaler-School Counselor,

Junior High Google Classroom Code-ynrnyw6

9th grade Google Classroom Code-amyhajq

10th grade Google Classroom Code-7hkpnik

11th grade Google Classroom Code-evjnhgw

12th grade Google Classroom Code-uppsfma


Dial 2-1-1 for immediate access to over 2,000 services available to Jackson County Residents. When you call you are connected to a trained Information and Referral Specialist who can discuss your needs and give you the information and/or referrals you need to find what you are looking for. There is an online directory of available resources as well on the website listed above.


A student safety program that allows students to confidentially report potential harm or criminal activity directed at school students, school staff and schools. Tips can be submitted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students can submit tips through phone, email, text message, mobile app or Okay2Say website.

Community Action Agency Jackson, Lenawee & Hillsdale Counties

1214 Greenwood Ave. Jackson, MI. 49203

400 W. South St. Adrian, MI. 49221

55 Barnard St. Hillsdale, MI. 49242




Services: Education, Economic Self-Sufficiency, Housing, Health & Nutrition, and Community Development.

LifeWays CMH

1200 North West Ave. Jackson, MI. 49202

25 Care Drive Hillsdale, MI. 49242



Behavioral Health Services in areas such as severe mental issues, intellectual/developmental disability, substance use disorder, and co-occurring disorders.

Family Service & Children's Aid

330 W. Michigan Ave.

Jackson, MI. 49201


Born Free: Counseling & treatment for females (ages 14+) 12-step recovery program into daily life; Intro to Alcoholics & Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon; Families & Schools Together: families attend an 8-week group focusing on family bonding, communication, discipline and nurturing; Other services by referral only: drug screening, counseling (group & individual), First Time Offenders Program, and Breakout Drug Free Education Program in schools (6-12th grade); Child abuse and neglect educational presentations

Lenawee County Community Mental Health


Behavioral Health Services in areas such as severe mental issues, intellectual/developmental disability, substance use disorder, and co-occurring disorders.

LJ Gallagher PsyD and Associates PLLC

451 Marshall Street

Brooklyn, MI 49230

(517) 414-0697

A Healing Place, LLC

207/209 First St. Jackson, MI. 49201

1218 Greenwood Ave. Jackson, MI. 49201


Services: Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Testing, Children/Adolescent Therapy, Family Counseling, Couples Counseling and Group Therapy for Eating Disorders.

Accepted Insurances (Varies by Therapist): BCBS, BCN, Priority Health, HAP, Aetna, Cofinity, PCN/PHP, JHN, Medicare, Magellan, Meridian

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Student Safety Program

Confidentiality Statement

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