Counselor's Corner

6th Grade News, January 2016

Junior High Info

January and February are all about registration, registration, registration! Guidance activities include:

Mapping your Future, an introduction to high school graduation plans and junior high course offerings;

Junior High Jeopardy, students will test their knowledge of junior high basics,

Visit with Junior High Counselors, Q & A about junior high with junior high counselors

Be The Change: Create a Legacy

As you know, in October, MST sixth grade students and teachers participated in the Be The Change event. As part of the event, students discussed how they want the teachers and younger students to remember them and what kind of legacy they want to leave for MST. They had many wonderful ideas! This spring, 6th grade students will choose a legacy project to complete. Stay tuned!

Important Dates

AVID Interviews

Week of January 11-15 @ MST

Students who submitted complete AVID applications will interview with AVID representatives this week.

Peer Mediators

Current Peer Mediators will meet with the Student Assistance Team for a refresher training on Wednesday, January 13th. The training will take place during the school day.

Pre-AP Parent Night

Monday, January 25, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Professional Development Center

701 W. Beltline Road

Richardson, TX 75080

Parents may attend as many or as few sessions in any sequence. Customize your learning at the time that meeds your needs. This is a come-and-go event designed for flexibility and convenience.

Link to the informational flyer:

Teen Screen

January 26, 2016

Teen Screen is a new program to RISD but has been used by other districts in our area for many years. It's a screening for social and emotional well-being. Teen Screen is a confidential, 15-minute computerized questionnaire to help identify students who may be exhibiting high risk behaviors. This year, Teen Screen is being offered free of charge, during the school day to 6th, 7th, & 9th grade students. Risk behaviors such as major depression, high anxiety, self-harm, suicide ideation, and alcohol and drug abuse can be identified so families can get help and support. Only students with signed parent permission slips on file will be screened.

Instructions NOT Included: Teen Dating Violence

January 26, 2016

6:00-7:30 pm @ the Region 10 Education Service Center

Spring Valley Building

400 E. Spring Valley Road,

Richardson, TX 75081

Cost: Free

Children don't come with a user manual. Despite parent/guardian best intentions, sometimes they need a little help. "Instructions Not Included" is a series that offers free information geared towards parent(s)/guardian(s) who would like to learn new strategies to better understand and help their child(ren).

To register for these and other events, complete the registration form below and fax it to 972-348-1749.

For more information, contact Janet Hathcock at 972-348-1364 or

Pre-Registration Parent Meeting @ WEST Junior High: Howdy Night

February 8, 2016 at 6:00pm

West Junior High, in the Small Gym

1309 Holly Dr, Richardson, TX 75080

PreRegistration Parent Meeting @ Westwood Junior High

February 9 @ 6:30pm

630 Arapaho Rd, Dallas, TX 75248

Student Visit with Junior High Counselors

February 11 @ MST

Junior High Counselors will visit with 6th grade students at MST about junior high classes and registration.

Megan Daniel

Email, call, or use the QR code to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.