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Duncanville ISD Counseling Department Newsletter

August 2021

Dearest Duncanville Family,

We miss you and hope you thoroughly enjoyed your summer break! This year the Duncanville ISD Counseling Department gathered together with a Hawaiian-themed school year kickoff! We learned about our new mission and vision from our new Director of Counseling, Ms. Shayla Pratt. We are so excited to welcome our students back to school, and we look forward to helping them get reacclimated to a safe school environment, and ensuring they have a successful school year!

Check out our new department mission and vision below, along with some pictures from our kickoff event:

Duncanville ISD Counseling Department Mission and Vision

Mission: The mission of the Duncanville ISD Counseling Department is to reach the hearts of students everyday so they can be their best self.

Vision: The vision of the Duncanville ISD Counseling Department is to graduate all students with a clear post-secondary plan, and the social-emotional skills to succeed in a competitive environment.

"If you have a child's heart, you have a child's mind." -Flip Flippen

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Meet the Teacher Night


Thursday, July 29



Thursday, August 5


Middle School

Thursday, August 12


High School & PACE

Thursday, August 19


1st day of School

Monday, August 2
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In Duncanville we have the mental health of students and staff in mind. This SEL spotlight, will highlight Ms. Preston 2nd grade classroom, Mrs. Stephens (campus administrator) discussing the opportunity room where students are able to self-regulate their emotions in a safe environment and a tranquility room for teachers showcased by Mrs. Kertz (campus counselor). Join us as we take a look at some of the great supports provided at Smith Elementary.

Smith Elementary Spotlight
The Proximity Principle: The Proven Strategy That Will Lead to a Career You Love

Author: Ken Coleman

Year Published: 2019

If you are looking for meaning and purpose in your career, this is a must read.