Columbia Central Counselor Corner

Our smore will provide counseling updates for each building.

December 2020

Mrs. Diefenthaler, Mrs. Caryl, Mrs. Schatzle & Mrs. Phelps

High School Updates: Wendy Diefenthaler

Columbia Central High School

Academic Awards Night: Letters were sent out to 170 sophomores, juniors and seniors that have received an Academic Award by caring a 3.0 GPA thought their high school career. Out of those 170 students, 18 of them have a 4.0 or above GPA! We are still working on a video to email all of the parents. Once we return to in person learning, you may stop into my office and pick up your award! Congratulations

Seniors continue with College Applications! Just because College Application Month has ended does not mean that the application process has.

College Acceptance and Award Letters are starting to roll in! This is always an exciting and sometimes confusing time of year. Be sure to review these letters carefully. If you need help figuring out exactly what the college is offering you please reach out to Mary or myself and we will be happy to explain all the in's and out's of those letters.

Scholarship Applications: Check out my Weebly for a list of scholarships. I am updating this as quickly as I can. Remember, NEVER pay for a scholarship search! They are scams!!

SAT Scores are in! Check out your College Board Account to see how you did. I will be adding the scores to your transcripts and then resending them out to your colleges once first semester grades are posted in January!

College Classes and Technical Certificates are available through our Jackson County Early College Program. If you are interested in starting your two year college degree early or are looking for a technical certificate I can help get you started. Sophomores and Freshman can get signed up any time. Stop in and see me about applying for this program


Junior High School Updates: Storm Caryl

Small groups will be starting in January

I am starting groups for 7th grade in early January. Small groups are a way for students to meet their academic, social/emotional and career needs. We will be discussing a range of topics, but will focus on stress management and coping skills.

Permission slips will be sent out soon.

Weekly Affirmations

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Counselor Closet: If you need anything please let me know!

Upper Elementary Updates: Krista Schatzle

Tips for Distance Learning!

Hello! This has definitely been an usual month and one in which many are struggling! We know how hard distance learning is for families, and although we'd much rather be in school, we know the safety of our students and families is of the upmost importance. I have some tips for helping your child with distance learning:

1. Set up a Daily Schedule-Write it out so your child can see it. They may even help you create it. Include their teachers schedule so you have the zoom meeting times as well. Be sure to have built in breaks and make sure the day ends about the same time as an in-person school day.

2. Set up a Work Space-Provide a space in your home for each child. It should be well lit and comfortable. It should be away from distractions, such as the tv and places where people tend to gather. I would suggest it not be in their bedroom. Let that be where they can get away for a break. This space should be stocked with all the materials they will need, pencils, paper, coloring materials, etc.

3.Over communicate-Our teachers are working hard to help the students be successful in distance learning. They are very willing to work with you and answer any questions you may have about your child's assignments. Also let your child's teacher know if any concerns arise. Please note: Please respect their time and ask during school hours and please realize, this is difficult for everyone, including teachers so when asking questions or sharing concerns, please be respectful and open-minded. They are more than willing to work with you.

4. Take Frequent Breaks-Breaks are built into your child's school day when learning in person so build them into the schedule while learning from home. Take a break with them, if possible, to talk about things other than school.

5. Hold your child accountable-Your teacher is, so should you! The teachers understand how hard it is to juggle work and distance learning as many are doing it themselves. Don't be afraid to provide consequences for your child if they choose not to do assignments or attend lessons via zoom. They have to have responsibility in their own learning. Taking away tv time, phone time or video games is completely reasonable.

I hope these tips are helpful for both you and your child and makes distance learning a bit easier. With luck, we will be back learning in person soon.

As always, if needed, you can reach me at 592-2181, (ask for Mrs. Schatzle), or through email:

I am always happy to help!

Monthly Mindfulness Tip:

Grateful Journal Prompts

This is the time of the year to think about all we have to be Thankful! Here are some prompts for journal writing or to talk about:

Name two people you are grateful for

Think of a fun trip you took or are going to take

Think of your favorite birthday gift

Name a game or activity you like to play or do

Name a friend you like and the reasons why

Think of something good that happened this week

Name a kind act someone did for you or you did for someone else

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Lower Elementary Updates: Ashley Phelps


Please do not hesitate to reach out if your student or family is in need of support as we navigate distance learning!

You can reach me by email: or by calling 517-769-8557, feel free to leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I am available.

Monthly Family Wellness - Ways to fill your family time at home!

As we all spend more time at home this month it is a perfect time to enjoy and appreciate the extra time together. Have conversations with one another on what you have to be thankful for all year round and during the holiday season.

8 Family activities to try at home:

1. Bake or cook together - Since you are at home and having to cook a lot, it is the perfect opportunity to include other family members in the process. Try new recipes together, take turns cooking, or teach the little ones old family recipes.

2. Exercise together - When it is nice, get outside and go for a walk or build a snowman. On colder days enjoy online videos like GoNoodle or Cosmic Kids Yoga together!

3. Read & Listen to audio-books - There are so many benefits to reading for all members of the family. Read to each other or listen to all the audio books available online.

4. Have a family movie night - Take turns picking the movie, gather some goodies to munch on and enjoy a favorite movie together.

5. Play games online with extended family - Schedule a visit via Zoom or Skype with friends and extended family and play a game like Pictionary or share all the phone things you are getting to do at home.

6. Arts & Crafts - Pull out the art supplies or even random things laying around to create a fun masterpiece together.

7. Play board games - It’s a nice break from technology and is a great way to interact and have fun together.

8. Try indoor camping - Mimic a night under the stars with sleeping bags in the living room, smores in the microwave and bedtime stories with a flashlight.

9. Holiday traditions- Create a new family tradition together! Build a ginger bread house, sing Christmas carols, bake and decorate cookies, create ornaments together, donate to a shelter or drive around enjoying Christmas lights together.

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Mental Health and Crisis Intervention Resource List

Mental Health Resource List

The following document provides a list of different mental health resources available in our surrounding area. If immediate danger is suspected please call 911. For additional guidance and support, our district counselors are available through school email.

Storm Caryl-School Counselor,

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Wendy Diefenthaler-School Counselor,

Junior High Google Classroom Code-ynrnyw6

9th grade Google Classroom Code-amyhajq

10th grade Google Classroom Code-7hkpnik

11th grade Google Classroom Code-evjnhgw

12th grade Google Classroom Code-uppsfma


Dial 2-1-1 for immediate access to over 2,000 services available to Jackson County Residents. When you call you are connected to a trained Information and Referral Specialist who can discuss your needs and give you the information and/or referrals you need to find what you are looking for. There is an online directory of available resources as well on the website listed above.


A student safety program that allows students to confidentially report potential harm or criminal activity directed at school students, school staff and schools. Tips can be submitted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students can submit tips through phone, email, text message, mobile app or Okay2Say website.

Community Action Agency Jackson, Lenawee & Hillsdale Counties

1214 Greenwood Ave. Jackson, MI. 49203

400 W. South St. Adrian, MI. 49221

55 Barnard St. Hillsdale, MI. 49242




Services: Education, Economic Self-Sufficiency, Housing, Health & Nutrition, and Community Development.

LifeWays CMH

1200 North West Ave. Jackson, MI. 49202

25 Care Drive Hillsdale, MI. 49242



Behavioral Health Services in areas such as severe mental issues, intellectual/developmental disability, substance use disorder, and co-occurring disorders.

Family Service & Children's Aid

330 W. Michigan Ave.

Jackson, MI. 49201


Born Free: Counseling & treatment for females (ages 14+) 12-step recovery program into daily life; Intro to Alcoholics & Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon; Families & Schools Together: families attend an 8-week group focusing on family bonding, communication, discipline and nurturing; Other services by referral only: drug screening, counseling (group & individual), First Time Offenders Program, and Breakout Drug Free Education Program in schools (6-12th grade); Child abuse and neglect educational presentations

Lenawee County Community Mental Health


Behavioral Health Services in areas such as severe mental issues, intellectual/developmental disability, substance use disorder, and co-occurring disorders.

LJ Gallagher PsyD and Associates PLLC

451 Marshall Street

Brooklyn, MI 49230

(517) 414-0697

A Healing Place, LLC

207/209 First St. Jackson, MI. 49201

1218 Greenwood Ave. Jackson, MI. 49201


Services: Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Testing, Children/Adolescent Therapy, Family Counseling, Couples Counseling and Group Therapy for Eating Disorders.

Accepted Insurances (Varies by Therapist): BCBS, BCN, Priority Health, HAP, Aetna, Cofinity, PCN/PHP, JHN, Medicare, Magellan, Meridian

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Student Safety Program

Confidentiality Statement

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