The Counseling Corner

Duncanville ISD Counseling Department Newsletter

September 2021

Dear Duncanville Family,


We have made it through the first month of school. It has been wonderful to see students and families engage in the learning process. It takes a village to shape young minds and we are grateful you are part of our village. This month we are spotlighting the Summit Education center, celebrating Start with Hello Week, the Panther Pantry resources and so much more. Also, check out our Virtual Calming Room for some TLC.

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September’s SEL spotlight is on the Summit Education Center. Summit Education staff provide students with the academic and social emotional support needed for success. Two of the ways they empower their students is through the Grade Tracking Form and the Life Arts Project highlighted in the SEL spotlight video. By providing a fresh start, grace and continual support they are writing success stories one student at a time.

Summit SEL Spotlight
On behalf of the Counseling Department, we are thankful for the generous donations we received from community partners across Duncanville.


If students are in need of backpacks, school supplies, clothes, or food, we have it! Our Panther Pantry is stocked, and we can provide students with the necessary resources they need. If you know a student/family in need of basic resources, please reach out to our social workers.


Elementary & Intermediate Schools:

Mrs. Shanice Dessein


Alternative, Middle, & High Schools:

Mrs. Rhonda Cole

Brief, positive and practical social-emotional learning tips you as parents can use at home with your children.

Take care of yourself, even when it feels like the last thing you can do right now.


In order to cultivate the social and emotional skills of young people, you must take care of your own mental, social and emotional wellness. Young children are sensitive to the stress of their caretakers.


We must stay calm and realistic. They sense when we are worried and anxious, and our emotions directly affect the emotions of our children. We must build in time, even if only 10 minutes a day, for our own wellness practices—journaling, going for a walk, meditating, exercising, for example. Much like putting on our own oxygen mask first before putting on a child’s, we must take care of ourselves during this stressful time so that we’re able to show up for others.

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Start With Hello Week

Start With Hello Week is this September 20–24, 2021.


Start With Hello brings attention to the growing epidemic of social isolation and empowers young people to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school, youth organization, and community. Start With Hello Week raises awareness and educates students and the community through Start With Hello training, advertising, activities, public proclamations, media events, student contests, and school awards. Participation in Start With Hello Week comes at no cost to a school or youth organization.


https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/our-programs/start-with-hello/start-with-hello-week/

Words of Wisdom

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. -Helen Keller

During these trying times its important to have a support system. A support system is a group of people who provide practical and emotional support to you. We all need support along the way; that is why a support system is vital to your well-being and success.


Even plants need support to!


Did you know that a marigold is a strong companion plant? It nourishes and protects the plant it grows next to.


Do you have a marigold in your life? Are you a marigold for someone?


A marigold is someone that will nurture, support and encourage you along the way. They exist right in our homes, schools, workplace and community.


We encourage you to find your marigold! We encourage you to be a marigold for others too!

Each Kindness


Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Published: 2012


Chloe and her friends will not play with the new girl Maya. Every time Maya tries to play with them they reject her. Eventually Maya stops coming to school. One day after the teacher gives a lesson on acts of kindness, Chloe begins to wonder how things might have been different if she had shown Maya a little kindness.

Our Mission & Vision

Mission: The mission of the Duncanville ISD Counseling Department is to reach the hearts of students everyday so they can be their best selves.


Vision: The vision of the Duncanville ISD Counseling Department is to graduate all students with a clear post-secondary plan, and the social-emotional skills to succeed in a competitive environment.