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September 2020

WELCOME DRAGON STUDENTS & PARENTS

The Carroll Senior High School Counseling Office is dedicated to serving you! Let’s work together to make this a wonderful and memorable year at Carroll Senior High School. This newsletter contains important information about upcoming programs including Mental Health and Wellness, Event Dates, SAT and ACT testing dates, Scholarships, Financial Aid and so much more.
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Tips for Success This School Year

Whether your student is learning in-person or virtually, we want to take time this year to cultivate and deepen relationships and design opportunities where adults and students can connect, heal, and build their capacity to support each other. We understand that it's important to create safe, supportive, and equitable learning environments that promote all students’ social and emotional development. We look forward to a wonderful year ahead!


Starting a new school year in uncertain times can bring many emotions, including anxiety. Anxiety is a common feeling of nervousness or worry. When those feelings stop your children from having fun or doing normal activities, they may need help reducing their anxiety.


How to Help

  • Breathe. Practice calming breathing together by taking slow, deep breaths.
  • Challenge negative or irrational thoughts by having your children ask themselves questions such as “What evidence is there that makes this thought true or not true?” or “If it did happen, what could I do to cope?”
  • Plan. Help your children prioritize and break down tasks into smaller, doable steps.
  • Be calm. Model confident and calm behavior for your children.
  • Establish an at-home routine. Schedule time for homework, fun, meals, and a bedtime routine.
  • Support a healthy lifestyle. Provide healthy meals and time for physical activity. Maintain an appropriate curfew so your children get enough sleep.
  • Identify thoughts and name emotions. Describe to your children what you observe and ask in a clarifying manner if that is what is occurring. Asking if, rather than telling what, your children are feeling helps them develop greater ability to name and tame their emotions. For example, “I see you frowning and not talking much. Are you feeling sad?”
  • Communicate. Set aside time to talk one-on-one with your children. Connect emotionally by listening and giving eye contact. Validate concerns and avoid lecturing.
  • Get help. Talk to teachers about any concerns you have about your children. If you are concerned your children have an anxiety disorder, talk with a counselor, doctor, therapist, or other mental health expert.

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2020 CSHS Graduate Helping Teens Connect During COVID

Allen Zhou and his brother, Anthony, have created a nonprofit called "Big and Mini", to help teens cope with social isolation. They were featured on the Today Show , see video below. To learn more go to: https://bigandmini.org/about

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YouScience

Great news! Your student now has access to YouScience - a tool that will help them discover where their natural talents and passions meet. We believe YouScience is a great way for students to learn more about themselves, explore high-demand careers that are a good fit for them, and gain a better understanding of how their unique talents are needed in the economy.



Through a series of engaging 'brain games,' YouScience measures aptitudes (natural abilities most important to career choice). We then translate those talents (combined with interests) into real world, high-demand careers.


YouScience has been proven to engage students effectively and provide the direction they need to make the most important education and career decisions.


The insights students get from YouScience are meaningful and actionable. We want parents to be in the know and able to engage their students in conversation about their results and plans for the future. We have provided some FAQs and conversation starters to help get them talking!


Frequently Asked Questions


What is YouScience?

YouScience is an online assessment that uses 11 "brain games" to find where passions and talents meet. We then match each student to more than 500 high-demand careers to recommend the paths that best fit their natural abilities.


How is YouScience different than other tests?

Most career guidance relies on interest-only surveys, but YouScience goes beyond that to measure natural abilities. While interests can be limited by exposure and understanding, aptitudes are able to give a broader spectrum of options and opportunities. Most importantly, you will never see a score on a YouScience profile. There is no pass/fail or good/bad. Every student has talent - we want to help them understand what makes them great and how to make most of it.


More Info For Parents


Conversation Starters


Click the link below to learn more about YouScience and what it means for your student.

https://www.youscience.com/

The Problem YouScience Solves

THE RESILIENCY PROJECT

We tend to idealize childhood as a carefree time, but youth alone offers no shield against the emotional hurts and traumas many children face. Children can be asked to deal with problems ranging from adapting to a new classroom to bullying by classmates or even abuse at home. Add to that the uncertainties that are part of growing up, and childhood can be anything but carefree. The ability to thrive despite these challenges arises from the skills of resilience.

The good news is that resilience skills can be learned.


Building resilience — the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress — can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. However, being resilient does not mean that children won't experience difficulty or distress. Emotional pain and sadness are common when we have suffered major trauma or personal loss, or even when we hear of someone else's loss or trauma.


FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CARROLL ISD RESILIENCY PROJECT

DRAGON TIP LINE - 817-406-2512

The Dragon Tip Line system is designed to help students, parents and community members anonymously report past, present and predicted concerns in our school community. Information about bullying, harassment, drugs, violence, weapons, theft, or any other potential threat to school safety should be reported.


Report concerns anonymously, anytime 24/7.

A New Type of Help: Crisis Text Line

HELP IS A JUST TEXT AWAY!

Text 741-741, ANYTIME YOU ARE IN A CRISIS


With today's teenagers living in the age of texting, the Crisis Text Line has noticed they feel more comfortable texting rather than calling into a helpline when they are in need of help. The great thing about this support is it is available 24/7 to anyone in any type of crisis. You can text confidentially between classes, in the middle of a situation without anyone knowing who you are talking to. Crisis counselors are on stand by 24/7 to help you from the heat of the moment to until you are calm.


Crisis doesn’t just mean suicide: it’s any painful emotion for which you need support.


See how the Crisis Text Line Works

See the Article about Crisis Text Line in USA Today

SAT & ACT INFORMATION & DATES

$ PAYING FOR COLLEGE $

Financial Aide - FAFSA Information


Scholarship Information


Visit your Naviance Account for a full list of scholarships available to you. There is a TON of money out there, APPLY and maybe you will be selected!


Check the Scholarship list in Naviance Monthly:

  1. Log in
  2. Click on the Colleges Tab
  3. Then click Scholarships and Money.


**Seniors this list will grow, make sure you check at least once per month.


You can also visit:

www.scholarships.com

www.fastweb.com

Our Counseling Team

Tracey Flores, M. Ed., Lead Counselor

Serving Students Last Names A-D

Tracey.Flores@southlakecarroll.edu


Melissa Woodward, M. Ed.

Serving Students Last Names E-K

Melissa.Woodward@southlakecarroll.edu


Keri Bettencourt, M. Ed.

Serving Students Last Names L-Q

Keri.Bettencourt@southlakecarroll.edu


Tammy Grasmick, M. S.

Serving Students Last Names R-Z

Tamara.Grasmick@southlakecarroll.edu


Deborah Warner, M. Ed.

Intervention Counselor - CSHS 504 Coordinator

Deborah.Warner@southlakecarroll.edu


Counseling Office Support Staff


Deidra Mulloy

Registrar

Deidra.Mulloy@southlakecarroll.edu


Anne Fore

Receptionist

Patricia.Fore@southlakecarroll.edu


Shela Daniel

Secretary

Shela.Daniel@southlakecarroll.edu