Keeping up with the Counselors

Timberwood Middle School

Welcome Back!

Counselors are utilizing Zoom to help students start the year off!

Communicating with your Teen

Parents often say getting their child to talk to them is like pulling teeth. Sometimes the hardest part is to just listen to what your child is saying without interrupting, offering advice, or passing judgement. Below are some helpful tips for being an effective listener.

1. Concentrate - Focus on what is being said. Turn off the TV, radio, phones, etc. to minimize the distractions.

2. Limit Your Own Talking - You can’t talk and listen at the same time.

3. Don’t Interrupt - Let your child finish their thoughts.

4. Turn Off Your Own Worries - Don’t let your own worries prevent you from focusing on what your child is trying to communicate.

5. Listen For Ideas - Not Just Words - Don’t get lost in the details of the story. Listen for the main ideas of the story and try to understand why those ideas are important to your child.

6. Listen For The Themes In The Examples That Are Given - Your child may describe several examples of their feelings. Try to connect the different examples together by listening for the common themes within the examples.

7. Don’t Jump To Conclusions - Don’t assume you know what your child is trying to communicate. Let them finish their thoughts.

8. Ask Questions To Clarify Meaning - If you get mixed messages or don’t understand the intended communication, ask questions.

9. Paraphrase - After your child has finished talking, paraphrase what you heard. This will help ensure that you have understood the intended communication.

10. Summarize - If you have understood your child, you should be able to summarize their intended communication within a single sentence. If it takes more than this, you have probably missed the meaning they were trying to communicate.

Relationship Tips for Effective Listening - Randy Brazzel, MA, LPC, LMFT

TMS's Virtual Mindfulness Room

When you're stressed out and need a break, visit the Virtual Mindfulness Room the TMS counselors have created. Click on the objects to be taken to different activities or information.

Referrals to see the Counselor

All students have access to the counselor through whole group guidance. In addition to guidance lessons, some students visit with the counselor in small group counseling sessions. Individual students may self-refer to the counselor by filling out a Request to see the Counselor form in their grade level office or emailing their counselor. Parents may also refer by emailing or calling their students grade level counselor.

Timberwood's Comprehensive School Counseling Program

A comprehensive school counseling program is an integral component of the school’s mission. Comprehensive school counseling programs are driven by student data and based on the Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Program guidelines.

Guidance - Counselors visit classrooms 4 times per year to deliver lessons based on the Great 8 skills

Responsive Services - Individual and small group counseling support

Individual Planning - 504, course selection process, behavior plans, goal setting, etc...

System Support - Support to TMS staff and Parents: newsletters, website information, College Corner, Training's for Staff, Mentoring Program for Students, Open House, Community Outreach, School Counseling Advisory Council, and much MORE!

Credit By Exams

Humble ISD offers Credit by Exams two times during the year for certain courses for students to gain credit for a course they have no prior instruction on.

For more information contact your grade level counselor or visit the Humble ISD Counseling and Behavioral Services website.

Important Dates

August 11 - First Day of School - All students learning online.

August 17 - Self-contained special education students can begin in-person learning.

August 24 - A/B schedule for middle school students begins

September 7 - School Holiday

October 2 - End of 1st Nine Weeks

October 5-9 - Student/Teacher Break

The TMS Counselors