FMS Counseling Services

September 2021

Meet your 2021-2022 Counseling Services Team

Our Mission

The mission of the Fannin Middle School Counseling Team is to provide a proactive, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate program to address students’ academic and career goals in addition to supporting their personal and social needs. We can accomplish this through a partnership with parents/guardians, staff, and community members to enable all students to become successful, productive citizens and lifelong learners in a diverse and changing world.

Our Vision

The vision of the Fannin Middle School Counseling Team is to empower all students to reach their maximum potential by using a comprehensive program that will address academic, personal/social, and career goals. We will promote an environment to encourage personal inquiry and growth, social responsibility, and academic excellence. School counselors believe that every student can succeed through the collaborative efforts of school, home, and community leading to responsible and productive citizenship in the 21st century.

Upcoming Events

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September 21st: Kindness Crew Interest Meeting


If your child is interested in joining, have them complete the form below. The interest meeting will be held on September 21st from 4:20-5:00 in Library (Meetings occur every other Tuesday).

https://forms.gle/874BKbBBPkMjUYas6

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September 7th-10th Suicide Prevention Week

Wear Yellow in honor of World Suicide Prevention Awareness

Be Kind Monthly Theme

Be Aware

Sometimes it is easy to feel like the world is getting harder, but if we look closer: on the web, in our families, neighborhoods, and classrooms, you will find empathy, compassion, and respect.


Every day we hear new stories of people trying to make the world a better place. In Grand Prairie ISD, school counselors and social workers work directly with students to prevent bullying in schools, foster empathy, and good decision-making skills in students and facilitate a global perspective through community-based outreach.


Be Kind Grand Prairie ISD is a multi-faceted initiative that encourages students, staff, and community members to become emotionally connected and to cultivate respect for others. This is a commitment to change the culture of our schools and community by promoting kindness and compassion. It is our hope that the lessons shared by school counselors and social workers can spark a movement that makes the world a little bit kinder for all of us.


Being kind often requires courage. Grow with us as we explore intentional acts of kindness.


Practice Kindness: Give honest compliments, celebrate someone you love, send an email thanking someone, tell someone how special they are to you, help a neighbor with yard work or food, open a door, listen, and refuse to gossip.


Kindness is a willingness to full-heartedly celebrate someone else's successes.

Kindness is also about telling the truth in a gentle way when doing so is helpful to the other person.


Kindness includes being kind to yourself. Do you speak gently and kindly to yourself and take good care of yourself?

Be Kind Convocation 2019

FMS Bell Schedule

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Fannin Brag Tags

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Handprints on heart

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In Grand Prairie ISD, school counselors and/or social workers oversee the Handprints on Hearts Mentoring Program at the campus level. Volunteer mentors are paired with a student or a small group of students in various grade levels at each campus. The mentor works to build relationships with the students and to offer encouragement and guidance to help mentee students reach their full potential as students and as individuals.

What is mentoring?

  • The purpose of mentoring students is to help them along their path to becoming thoughtful, engaged, self-aware citizens.
  • Mentoring is about encouragement and inspiration. It is about investing time and energy in other people because other people matter to us.
  • Mentoring is about believing in the unlimited potential of every young person served while allowing them to reach their potential in their own unique time frame.

What are the benefits of mentoring?
Results of successful mentoring relationships showed that students experienced improved achievement rates, improved sociological and emotional support, enhanced skills development as well as greater personal growth.


Students are chosen based on recommendation. If you child was not chose, but you’d like them to be mentored, please contact us.

Xello

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Xello is an engaging, fun-to-use software that students can access online, at school or at home. Students can even access Xello from their mobile devices. Using Xello, students plan their journeys toward the future by creating their very own unique roadmap for future success.

The program is implemented through the GPISD Counseling Services Department at every elementary and secondary campus. The mission of the Counseling Service Department is to guide students from cradle to career, making every student future-ready!

Get started on the journey to becoming future-ready by logging in to Xello. xello.world


Logging in to Xello


Username: GP-Student ID Number (no spaces)

Password: fllllmmdd


  • f: first letter of the first name
  • llll: first four letters of the last name
  • mm: the month of birth
  • dd: day of birth

Canvas

Canvas Site

http://gpisd.instructure.com/


Canvas from your child's view

https://youtu.be/hKpGuku60s8


How to log in to Canvas- https://youtu.be/_e1Whvbh79s

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Updating Content Keeper

English Logging into Content Keeper- https://youtu.be/hKpGuku60s8

Spanish Logging into Content Keeper- https://youtu.be/_ecgeHf2ek8

University of the Month

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University of North Texas

Forbes has named the University of North Texas as a best university every year since it started its Best Colleges list. We're Texas' most affordable research university according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Princeton Review named UNT a "Best in the West" university. We give you more options than any university in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, offering 101 Bachelor's, 83 Master's, and 36 Doctoral degree programs.

Specialties offered

Anthropology

Area, ethnic, and gender studies

Biological and biomedical sciences

Business, management, and marketing

Communication and journalism

Computer and information sciences

Construction trades

Criminology

Economics

Education

Engineering

Engineering technologies/technicians

English language and literature/letters

Family and consumer/human sciences

Foreign languages and literatures

Geography

Health professions and related sciences

History

International relations and affairs

Legal professions and studies

Liberal arts, sciences and humanities

Mathematics and statistics

Multi/interdisciplinary studies

Natural resources and conservation

Parks, recreation, and fitness studies

Philosophy and religious studies

Physical sciences

Political science and government

Psychology

Public administration and social services

Science technologies/technicians

Security and protective services

Social sciences, other

Sociology

Theology and religious vocations

Transportation and materials moving

Visual and performing arts

Mental Wellness

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Everyone needs someone to talk to. DialCare is standing by.


In addition to the continuing counseling services provided by campus counselors and social workers, Grand Prairie ISD is offering an opportunity for students in 6th through 12th grades to receive virtual counseling services with a trained licensed professional counselor before and after school hours and weekends through DialCare. Counseling is available through the app or on the phone.


Adolescents are often faced with social-emotional challenges that may be difficult for them to handle on their own. Many times, just having the chance to talk through these issues can lead to personal growth and wellness. Actively taking steps to improve one's overall well-being and happiness is a key component of self-care. Self-care plays a vital role in helping adolescents cope with and conquer the challenges of life, especially during these unprecedented times.


This program is easy to use:

• Students can schedule counseling sessions Monday through Friday before or after school hours and on Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Counseling sessions should not be scheduled during school hours.

• Our mental health professionals will reach out via phone or video chat upon request.

• Consultations are available in both English and Spanish.

How it works:

Step 1: Students can schedule an appointment by app, website or phone: 844-249-4094

When signing in through the website or app, your member ID is your student ID

Step 2: Our mental health professionals will reach out to the student via phone or video chat at the scheduled appointment time.

Step 3: Appointments can last up to 30 minutes.

What it Means to #BeKind


kind·ness - noun: the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

Kindness is a behavior marked by a pleasant disposition and concern and consideration for others. It is considered a virtue and is recognized as a value in all cultures.