October 2017

What does an Elementary School Counselor do?

My name is Stacy Whisman. I enjoy working with children and helping them grow academically, socially, and emotionally. As the school counselor, I am available to help you with any problems that might interfere with your child's learning. These problems may be academic concerns, such as study skills, motivation, or lack of organization. These concerns could also be social, such as lack of friends, insecurity, or not getting along. Personal or family problems can also cause worry and anxiety. My main goal is for the students to feel secure and safe. Students need to feel that they are cared about at school on a day to day basis, and all of our staff works toward this goal. If there is any way that I can help your child, please feel free to call.

Once again this year students can refer themselves for counseling in a unique way. There is a QR code in every classroom for students to be able to scan to let me know they need to check in with me. Once I have received notification that they would like to chat, I reach out to their teacher to find a time that works best in their day. Here is a link to the google form:

Classroom Guidance

Lessons are taught to each homeroom class 2 times each month. Guidance lessons are created using themes/ideas from Rachel's Challenge, Life Skills, and Portrait of a Graduate. Although theme will be consistent among grade levels, actual lessons will be age appropriate.

October Lesson Highlights:

  • I can be an Skilled Problem Solver.

    • Bullying

    • Decision Making for K, 1, and 2

    • Smoking Information (Red Ribbon Week) for 3, 4, 5

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RED RIBBON WEEK October 23-27

Red Ribbon Week is celebrated every year the last week of October. It is a nationally recognized substance abuse prevention campaign dedicated to the memory of Kiki Camerena, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent, killed in the line of duty.


GCISD will be sponsoring a drug prevention poster contest.

· Posters must be on 11 x 17 paper or ½ of a poster board.

· 1st, 2nd and 3rd place posters for each grade level will be announced.

· 1st place winners will be taken to the Administration building to compete in the district wide competition.

· Please include the student’s name, grade and school on the back of the poster.

· District winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 25th

GCISD is also sponsoring a Public Service Announcements competition. All entries must be submitted by Tuesday, October 24th to Please title the email “RRW PSA 2016”. Entries must be no longer that 30 seconds. Winners will be announced Thursday, October 26th .

All first place district level winners will be recognized at the November school board meeting. Your campus principal and counselor will be notified.

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Help for people affected by Harvey! "Coins for Creech"

OC Taylor's TTT (Student Council/Kindness Compassion Club) has our first project! After meeting with Ms. Epperson, TTT decided to start a coin drive... collecting money to donate to students and their families from the school she taught at last year in Katy, Texas, Creech Elementary. TTT is comprised of 4th and 5th grade students who have filled out an application and have been accepted into this Service Project oriented club. If you would like to help, please send your donation to the front office. There is a big plastic jug that says, "Coins for Creech." UPDATE! We collected $250 to donate to Creech Elementary. Way to Go TIGERS!

GCISD Elementary Counselors will be presenting Parenting Workshops!

We will be hosting four Parenting Workshops during the 2017-18 school year. Our first seminar will focus on Bullying and will be held at Grapevine Elementary School on Sept. 26 at 6:30 PM. Future seminars will be on Behavior/Discipline, Stewards of Children, and NetSmartz... dates to be determined.