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Tex Hill Middle School-May 2016 Teacher edition

Welcome to the Tex Hill Counseling Office!

The ultimate goal of the Tex Hill Counseling office is to be a Counseling, Academic, College/Career Readiness resource center for student success giving guidance to students, parents, faculty, and staff.
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We would like to thank Mrs. Turner for her hard work and commitment to our students, faculty, staff, and community for the 2016-17 school year. We wish her well on her new journey and future endeavors!!!

Ways YOU can destress as you prepare for the end of the school year

  • Good Nutrition. Eating healthy foods helps your immune system work properly and combats the toll that stress can take on your body.
  • Breathing techniques. Breathing practice helps sustain vital energy and can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Breathe in for the count of four, hold for the count of four, and exhale for the count of four.
  • Regular exercise. Regular exercise practiced at least three times per week can relax your body and mind. Try walking, swimming or Yoga.
  • Short breaks. Periodic breaks where you stretch, breathe or just get a change of scenery can revive your body and lift your spirits.

  • Don't ignore a big problem, hoping it will go away.
  • Get help figuring out how you'll cope. When stress builds so it becomes unmanageable, it's not always possible to see a way out or a clear answer on what to do. In these cases, you probably need help dealing with whatever situation is creating serious stress for you.
  • Work on building your coping mechanisms. Manage everyday stress by making small goals and breaking big ones down into manageable chunks. You're less likely to feel overwhelmed, and taking charge of small things can help you feel better. Don't give up.
  • Be kind to yourself. Practices that build well-being and happiness work to counterbalance even the biggest challenges.Meditation, finding things to be grateful for, doing what you love, being with positive people, recognizing the good in yourself — all of these can help build inner resilience and tip the balance in a more positive direction.

Summer Programs to share with students

Emotion Regulation for Anxiety, Depression, & Self Injury (flyers available in the Counseling office)

Attached you will find a flyer for a DBT Skills group for teens (13-17 years old). This will be an 8 week program which will require teen and parent participation. The goals of the group are to improve parent-teen communication and problem solving in addition to teens learning to regulate their emotions in ways to improve their lives.

8 week 75 min DBT skills group for teens. Parent participation is required for

first 4 group sessions. Participants must concurrently be receiving individual

counseling services.

Day/Time: Fridays from 6:15pm - 7:30pm

Location: 281 & 1604

$40 fee per group session. Insurances accepted Aetna, BCBS, Humana, Superior

Medicaid & Tricare.

Facilitated by: Colleen McDonald, LPC & Virginia Gonzalez, LPC



Youth Code Jam

Youth Code Jam has announced several new summer programming camps for upper elementary through high school students in its LEARN: Code series. Details and registration links below. Through the generosity of Conceptual MindWorks, there are a limited number of scholarships available for girls who want to participate in the camps below (except for GameMaker for Middle Schoolers) and who qualify for free school lunch. Information on applying for the scholarships is on each registration form.

Questions? Please contact Debi Pfitzenmaier, Youth Code Jam, at 210-669-6911 or

Learn: Alice

June 27-30, 9 am to 4 pm (four days)
Cost: $325

This camp on the UTSA campus is perfect for talented upper elementary and middle school students who have not done any programming so far. It uses drag and drop programming, which means there is no room for syntax errors! You can convert your idea to code quickly and see it in action! You can code 3D animations or games with ease. Alice comes with a powerful graphics library that minimizes coding effort. Windows laptops are preferred, since our expertise with Mac and Linux is limited. Once installed, however, the Alice tool behaves exactly the same way in all environments. Register now.

Learn: Javascript

July 5-8, 9 am to 4 pm (four days)
Cost: $325

This camp on the UTSA campus is perfect for talented upper middle and high school students who have done little bit of programming using Alice/Scratch/Robots, etc., but have not spent much time with C/C++/Java yet. The friendly environment we will use comes with a powerful graphics library that minimizes coding effort. While instant drawing output keeps the students’ enthusiasm up, students will get used to dealing with syntax errors in a friendly way. This camp requires a laptop with WiFi capability and Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser. Register Now.

Learn: Java
July 11-15, 9 am to 4 pm (five days)
Cost: $350

This camp on the UTSA campus is best for middle and high school students who have already had some programming experience beyond drag and drop. Students should have already mastered basic programming concepts and have done some free-form coding. This camp requires a laptop with WiFi capability and will cover the following concepts using hands-on activities:

• Java fundamentals
• if and switch statements
• loops
• static methods
• Arrays
• Introduction to Object Oriented programming Register Now.

Learn: C Programming and Advanced Math
July 18-22, 9 am to 4 pm (five days)
Cost: $350

An application is required for this week-long summer intensive for programmers and mathematically talented upper middle and high school students held at St. Mary’s University. All students must have completed Algebra 1 with at least a B average. This camp is open to young men and women who are interested in diving deep. Mornings will be spent learning C Programming. Afternoons will be immersed in mathematical problem solving and thinking to strengthen your skill set. Apply now!

Learn: GameMaker for Middle Schoolers

July 25-28, 9 am to 4 pm (four days)
Cost: $319

Love to play games on your computer? What if you could create your very own? Join us at the NISD Learning Northside Learning Center for the week and learn the secrets behind making what you love! This camp is good for upper elementary and middle school students and is an introductory class. Be creative, innovative and build your own video game just the way you want it. Learn coding skills using GameMaker software. Discover how a game is put together and how objects, rooms, backgrounds and sprites interact with each other to form something really awesome. Best part? No experience is necessary! Register now!

Learn: Game Development for High Schoolers

July 25-29, 9 am to 4 pm (five days)
Cost: $350

This rigorous camp is for gifted upper middle and high school students held at St. Mary’s University. You don’t have to already know how to design your own games, just some programming experience and enthusiasm for learning. We will use GameMaker software in this camp. If you are advanced, there’s more to learn. And, if you are not quite a master yet, we’ll help get you there. Register Now!

Questions? Please contact Debi Pfitzenmaier, Youth Code Jam, at 210-669-6911 or

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May is Children's Mental Awareness Month. Please share with students

**Flyers provided by Clarity Child Guidance center and are located in the Tex Hill Counseling office.

Celebrating Children’s Mental Health

month of may activities in bexar county and beyond

Maynicures for Mental Health

All Month of May

On Facebook and Twitter

One in Five Minds

Stand up and Soar Walk / Children’s

Mental Health Day at the Capitol

April 30

9: 00 am

South Steps of the Austin State Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Texas System of Care

Pinwheels for Change

May 1

10:00 am

San Antonio Public Library Downtown; Pinwheels available at 12 public locations throughout month of May

One in Five Minds

Free trampoline event for youth with special guest radio host Jay Styles.

May 3

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

FLIPZ Trampoline Park,

910 SE Military Dr

Voices for Children San

Antonio / Alamo Area Teen

Suicide Prevention Coalition

Bexar County Proclamation of One in Five Minds Day

May 3

10:00 am

Bexar County Commissioners’

Courthouse100 Dolorosa # 322

Bexar County

Open to Public

City of San Antonio Children’s Mental Health Day Proclamation

May 5

8:00 am

Main Plaza 115 W. Main Plaza

Bexar CARES, The City of San Antonio & The Center for Health Care Services

Open to Public

Finding Help, Finding Hope Children’s Mental Health Awareness Summit

May 5

8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Neighborhood Place 3014 Rivas St, 78228

Family Service Association San Antonio

(210) 431-7500

Meet an Art Therapist and make art

May 7

2:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Hemisfair Park, 434 South Alamo St. 78228

South Texas Art Therapy


A Beautiful Mind: Expressions of Hope, Resiliency and Recovery

May 7

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

San Antonio Clubhouse

6851 Citizens Parkway 78229

The Health Collaborative;

Training for School and Police staff:

working with urbanized kids with mental illness

May 7

10: 00 am

Carver Community Center

226 N. Hackberry 78202

Gang Rehabilitiation in Progress (G.R.I.P)


Child obesity and children’s mental health awareness Walk/Run

May 7

8:00 am

Arnold Park, 1011 Gillette Blvd 78224

Volunteering Together for Service

Children’s Mental Health conversation with Trey Ware

May 11

11:30 am

Alpha Media, 4050 Eisenhauer Rd 78218

Laurel Ridge

Alpha Media (210) 654-5100

Nuts and Bolts of Mental Health / Attorney and Professionals Training

May 13

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Andy Mireles Juvenile Probation Center

301 E. Mitchell

Bexar County Mental Health Department

Social media campaign

May 21

All Day

One in Five Minds Day as proclaimed by Bexar County

One in Five Minds and

Guadapalooza, Music Fest

June 5

12:00 pm to

10:00 pm

River Road Ice House, New Braunfels

Texas Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

(830) 626-1335 or


The Counseling office will be sharing weekly Counseling tips on Tuesdays and Thursdays covering coping strategies over various topics and ways to deal with bullying.
Please contact Mrs. Tiffany Johnson for questions with Tex Hill Counselors Corner. :) or 210-356-8032

Counseling Office contact information

Mrs. Tiffany Johnson-6th A-L, 7th grade, Lead Counselor 210-356-8032

Mrs. Lesley Reichert-6th M-Z and 8th grade Counselor 210-356-8033

Mrs. Jane Murray-Data Processor 210-356-8031

Mrs. Julie Turner-Counseling Clerk/Registrar 210-356-8030