Rudder Counselor Connection

November 2021

We have so much to be thankful for!

I am grateful for the family and friends in my life, who love and support me in more ways than I can count. ~Mrs. DuVal & all the blessings that brings. ~Mr. Geraci

Today I am grateful for time. Almost every day I feel like there's never enough of it, but it allows me to spend time with my students, my family, and my friends and I definitely don't take it for granted. :) ~Mrs. Vasquez

It has been busy in the counseling office

Counseling By The Numbers:

# of classroom guidance lessons given: 100

# of students seen in responsive services: 764

# of parent information meetings: 3

# of new student registrations: 129

# of parent consultations: 408

# of staff consultations: 279


6th Grade:

6th graders have been learning about the importance of positive coping skills. They practiced four square breathing (featured in our last newsletter). They also learned about the different roles involved in bullying situations; and how we expect ALL Rangers to demonstrate UPSTANDER behavior. Lastly, 6th graders discussed the impact of gossip and rumors and how these types of behaviors can GROW quickly into larger problems. Rangers learned what they should do when they find themselves in situations involving rumors and gossip.

7th Grade:

In 7th grade guidance students have been learning about Intrapersonal Effectiveness skills with relation to their own awareness of the dangers and impact of drugs. Students have engaged in conversations about the importance of developing a positive self-concept in order to help them avoid drugs and cope with changing behaviors among peers. Through this, students will understand that escaping through drugs is not helpful - it's hurtful! They will be able to make positive decisions and be responsible if they ever find themselves in a difficult situation involving drug use.

In late November/early December students will explore high school choices. Students will learn about the importance of Individual planning in order to accomplish long term goals. Students will then be able to make the connection between their decisions and long term goals and how those goals are a reflection of their personal interests and natural abilities.

8th Grade:

In collaboration with their MAPS or AVID classes, 8th graders will continue the discussion and exploration of high school endorsements. Students will be introduced to the various high school strands offered in Northside ISD in order to ensure they are well prepared and informed for making proper decisions with selecting their high school courses in a few months from now.

Magnet HS Campus Programs of Study

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Application Window: November 29 - January 14

Magnet Application link below

How to Apply for NISD Magnet Schools


Endorsement Night

Thursday, Jan. 13th 2022 at 6:30-8:30pm

8000 Lobo Lane

San Antonio, TX

Students and parents are invited to learn about the endorsements, strands and corresponding courses offered at Marshall High School, in addition to extra-curricular programs.


8th Graders VISIT the Marshall campus

Friday, Jan. 14th 2022 at 9am

8000 Lobo Lane

San Antonio, TX

During the school day: 8th Grade students visit the JMHS campus. (Activities during the day for 8th graders to meet current JMHS students and learn more about courses offered and more about the campus)



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Does your student need to attend tutoring?

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Family Night of Learning was a HUGE success!

Character Counts Award Recipients

The Six Pillars of Character are the core ethical values of CHARACTER COUNTS! These values were identified by a nonpartisan, secular group of youth development experts in 1992 as core ethical values that transcend cultural, religious, and socioeconomic differences.

During this first marking period, teachers will be looking for students who are demonstrating the Pillars of Trustworthiness and Respect.

Encourage your student to join our new club!

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Home Access Center

The Home Access Center (HAC) allows parents to register students, complete data verification, access report cards, and track attendance.

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(Your username is your email​ address​ and your password ​is ​the temporary password​ you received by email. You will be required to change it ​the ​first time​ you log in.)

Safeline is a proactive telephone hotline used to increase safety at Northside schools. The system is an automated voicemail and text message system that is monitored and managed by the Northside ISD police department. It is operated 7-days a week, 24-hours a day and addresses reports of crime, violations of district policy and safety concerns. The system is completLY anonymous, although callers are encouraged to leave their names and telephone numbers. For more information, go to:

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6th grade: Katrina DuVal 210-397-5025

7th grade: Michael Geraci 210-397-5027

8th grade: Selina Vasquez 210-397-5026