Guidance and Counseling Newsletter

April 2021

Attendance Matters

Judson ISD is welcoming all of our students to attend in person for the last 9 weeks. Campuses have several end of the year activities in place for our students. If transportation is needed visit the JISD transportation website to sign-up. Hope to see your child soon.

Wortham Oaks Elementary Staff Supporting Attendance Matters

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April Child Abuse Prevention Month

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ChildSafe Cardboard Kids Child Abuse Prevention Campaign

Purple Up for our Military Child

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Social Emotional Learning -Mindful Practices

SEL On Demand Calendar: Empathy/Compassion Building

Early Childhood

Elementary School

Middle School

High School

Español PreK-HS


We host our Tune-In Tuesday office hours from 8:15-8:45 am CT on Tuesday mornings. It’s an opportunity for staff to connect with us and get SEL Implementation questions answered live. Click HERE to join via Zoom.

We have a monthly bitly link to our Live Offering SEL Engagement Calendar so you can plan ahead for webinars you or your students may want to attend, and share-out with your community so that families can do the same!

Monthly Live calendar can be found HERE.

Special Town Hall Series: SEL in Early Childhood

Beginning early in life, social emotional learning (SEL) is highly important for helping preschool children to understand and manage their emotions, feel and show empathy for others, establish healthy relationships, set positive goals, and make responsible decisions. Effective SEL programming, from preschool through college, will promote the successful development of social and emotional skills that will lead to future healthy interpersonal relationships, association with nonviolent peers, and improved academic achievement.

As our district continues to build our SEL skills, we are pleased to announce that our SEL partner, Mindful Practices, will be hosting two special Town Halls on SEL in Early Childhood (Pre-K) classrooms. Learn from SEL and Early Childhood Specialists about a continuum of learning and support activities designed to prepare educators to empower your youngest students and their families to take part in self-awareness activities, regulation practices, and engaging and fun SEL programming including movement, song, dance, and community-building opportunities.

The two sessions will take place the following dates and times:

Questions? Please reach out to Mary Kusper, at We look forward to “seeing” you at the next Town Hall!

Class Catalyst

*Tool Update: You can now access your Weekly SEL On Demand Calendar and Monthly Live Offerings Calendar from your Class Catalyst Account! Calendars are located in your Menu under “Weekly SEL Calendar” and “Monthly Live Offerings.”

Also! Teachers can now sync their Google Classroom directly from their Class Catalyst Settings page! Whenever rosters need to be updated, teachers can click the “Sync w/ Google Classroom” button to update their student list.

Friendly reminder that we will continue to be hosting office hours for staff who would like to connect and get their Class Catalyst questions answered live on Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 pm CT. Click HERE to join via Google Meet.

Please send any questions or tech needs to

SEL 101 - May Cohort - FREE!

Social emotional learning (SEL) has become an integral part of general education over the past decade, and the need for effective training around implementation with students is more crucial now than ever.

Through our partnership with Mindful Practices, we are pleased to announce another installment of their highly popular SEL 101 Training in May 2021! SEL 101 focuses primarily on building and strengthening participants’ SEL competency and implementation skills and is a value add for educators of all stripes (classroom teachers, social workers, counselors, paraprofessionals, administrators, support staff, etc.).

The 10-hour online course will air “live” twice a week but can also be viewed as a recording and will cover the following units of study every Tuesday and Thursday in May.

To enroll, simply complete the Google Form link.

Questions? Please send an email to Mindful Practices’ Director of Operations, Erika Panichelli, at using “SEL 101 Training: May Cohort” in the subject line.


Make an Appointment

“Self-care means giving the world the best of you instead of what is left of you.” -Katie Reed

Trips to the dentist, routine doctor's visits, and annual eye exams are important. They provide major support for our quality of life and our long term health and well-being. We are responsible for our own health; having a trusted and trained medical professional on your team is a BIG plus. They are able to advocate for you, they can level with you, and they can offer counsel during times when clarity is needed. Don’t wait for something to break before taking the time to make sure the whole system is operating properly.

With gratitude,

Michael and the Mindful Practices Team

Look at the great things going on at Veterans Memorial High School


Judson ISD has completed 7200 Four Year/Course Plans for students in 8th-11th grade ! Parents login to SchooLinks to view the Four Year Plan. Next step, counselors will convert them to Personal Graduation Plans and parents will sign electronically in May.

Department of Student and Family Support Services