Counselor Connection

Durham Intermediate - November Edition

Important Dates

November 11: Veteran's Day

November 22-26: Thanksgiving Break

November 25: Thanksgiving

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The Evolution from "Guidance Counselor" to "School Counselor"

CISD Counselors want you to know that we follow a Comprehensive Plan that is mandated by Texas Education Agency. Carroll ISD provides a comprehensive school-counseling program that promotes the academic and social/emotional growth of all students. Building on a Dragon tradition of excellence, the Carroll Independent School District will foster a safe, caring, and creative learning environment that inspires students to realize their full potential as they positively influence the world around them. School counselors work closely with administrators, teachers, parents, and the community to support the CISD mission and accomplish goals with focus on academic success, college/career information, and personal/social development.

Delivery Methods

Guidance Education

Lessons on a variety of topics; large-group consultations with students to help students develop their full educational potential.

Responsive Services
Individual counseling sessions; parent consultations regarding individual student needs; coordination with outside referral sources.

Individual Planning
Academic and career guidance; parent and student consultation regarding planning and goal-setting.

System Support
Community outreach; parent education programs; teacher consultation; school improvement planning.

Historically, the term “guidance counselor” was used to reference counselors working within the school system. These counselors’ main role was to “guide” students to college: writing letters of recommendation and sending out transcripts. However, this role has evolved in the past decade, and schools are now using the term “school counselor” instead.

School counselors are highly trained and support students in many ways in addition to guiding them to college. The role itself has evolved from a focus on post-graduation planning and administrative support to today’s focus on embracing a comprehensive approach to optimize student outcomes in much more than just college planning. Focus areas include emotional support, family intervention, social development, academic guidance, and career planning. School counselors are now a strong, collaborative member of an educational team to today’s focus on embracing a comprehensive approach to optimize student outcomes in much more than just college planning. Focus areas include emotional support, family intervention, social development, academic guidance, and career planning. School counselors are now a strong, collaborative member of an educational team.

November Character Trait

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Contentment: Learning to Be Okay with What you Have.

Contentment is the state of being happy and satisfied. On Thanksgiving when you think about all you are grateful for, hopefully you feel a sense of contentment. Contentment isn't an excited kind of happy, it's more like a peaceful ease of mind. It's being satisfied with what you have, whatever that is.


Ways you can show contentment:


  • Tell each family member why they make you happy.
  • Write a letter to someone who makes you happy.
  • Ask a friend to share something that makes them happy.
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Durham Intermediate Counselors

DIS Counselors are here for...



  • Understanding self and feelings.
  • Developing coping skills.
  • Guiding students to be leaders.
  • Creating a safe and caring environment.
  • Resolving conflicts effectively.
  • Helping students make friends and feel a sense of community.
  • Managing stress and/or anxiety.
  • Serving as an advocate for students.
How Does a Student See a Counselor?


  • Self-Referral
  • Parent Referral
  • Request of a Counselor
  • Staff/Teacher Referral