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Tex Hill Middle School-April 2016 Teacher edition

Welcome to the Tex Hill Counseling Office!

The ultimate goal of the Tex Hill Counseling office is to be a Counseling, Academic, College/Career Readiness resource center for student success giving guidance to students, parents, faculty, and staff.
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Algebra I EOC training- Tuesday, April 26th 7:40 a.m. or 3:40 p.m. in the 6th CLC (see Algebra I logistics e-mail for Test Administrators)

Algebra I EOC make up training : Friday, April 29th 7:40 a.m. in the Counseling Conference room

May STAAR training - Wednesday, April 27th 7:25 a.m. or 3:40 p.m. in the 6th CLC

May STAAR make up training - Friday, April 29th 7:25 a.m. or 3:40 p.m. in the 6th CLC

Managing bullying in the classroom

Teachers can consider these ways to promote the respect, positive relations, and order that helps prevent bullying in the classroom:

  • Create ground rules.
    • Develop rules with students so they set their own climate of respect and responsibility.
    • Use positive terms, like what to do, rather than what not to do.
    • Support school-wide rules.
  • Reinforce the rules.
    • Be a role model and follow the rules yourself. Show students respect and encourage them to be successful.
    • Make expectations clear. Keep your requests simple, direct, and specific.
    • Reward good behavior. Try to affirm good behavior four to five times for every one criticism of bad behavior.
    • Use one-on-one feedback, and do not publicly reprimand.
    • Help students correct their behaviors. Help them understand violating the rules results in consequences: “I know you can stop [negative action] and go back to [positive action]. If you choose to continue, then [consequence].”

How to destress as you prepare for the end of the school year?

  • Good Nutrition. Eating healthy foods helps your immune system work properly and combats the toll that stress can take on your body.
  • Breathing techniques. Breathing practice helps sustain vital energy and can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Breathe in for the count of four, hold for the count of four, and exhale for the count of four.
  • Regular exercise. Regular exercise practiced at least three times per week can relax your body and mind. Try walking, swimming or Yoga.
  • Short breaks. Periodic breaks where you stretch, breathe or just get a change of scenery can revive your body and lift your spirits.
  • Calm classroom environment. Provide sensory experiences to help children diffuse the stress they may be carrying from the home environment or from being separated from their parents. When the children are calm and engaged in classroom activities, you are able to better provide the nurturing attention they need and ultimately you will feel a sense of peace.


The Counseling office will be sharing weekly Counseling tips on Tuesdays and Thursdays covering coping strategies over various topics and ways to deal with bullying.

Counseling Office contact information

Mrs. Tiffany Johnson-6th A-L, 7th grade, Lead Counselor 210-356-8032

Mrs. Lesley Reichert-6th M-Z and 8th grade Counselor 210-356-8033

Mrs. Jane Murray-Data Processor 210-356-8031

Mrs. Julie Turner-Counseling Clerk/Registrar 210-356-8030