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January 2021

Welcome to 2021 and the Spring Semester!

We hope everyone enjoyed their holiday break. We look forward to wonderful semester ahead. Now is a great time to establish new, healthy habits, evaluate our current goals and priorities, and invest in building meaningful relationships with others. We want this to be a great year for all! CISD Counselors continue to be present for all students, parents, and staff. Your well-being is important to us. Please let us know how we can serve you this year.

Mark Your Calendars

January 18th - School Closed

January 27th - Deadline to Register for the FREE SAT School Day * only for Juniors who have NOT taken the SAT.

March 3rd - SAT SCHOOL DAY -for juniors who have not taken the SAT



CSHS will be giving the SAT for FREE during the school day on March 3rd for any JUNIOR that has NOT already taken the SAT. Register by January 27th to take advantage of this great opportunity!

January Focus Topic: Responsibility

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Adult Self-Care

During this time, you may be experiencing different reactions. There are several ways you can find balance, be aware of your needs, and make connections. Use this list to help you decide which self-care strategies will work for you.

Traumatic Separation or Grief During COVID 19

A resource for Parents and Families: Learn about the benefits of social and emotional learning (SEL) and the positive impact strong social and emotional skills have in school, at home, and in life.

Attention Juniors: It's Almost Time to Sign up for Your Junior Conference

Your Junior Conference will cover your questions about: graduation requirements? Senior schedule? SAT/ACT tests? Service hours? Naviance? College? Career Planning? and More!

  • Make sure your and your parent’s email addresses are updated in Naviance. Information regarding scheduling your junior conference will be sent via email using the email addresses you have listed in Naviance. Be on the look out for this email towards the end of October.

  • Watch the video below, "Junior Fall Guidance Naviance Super Match". You will learn how to find Colleges that are the best fit for you. You will also learn how to login to Naviance and update your email address in case your forgot. :)

To get the most from your Jr. Conference be sure to complete the following before you attend

  • Have your YouScience Assessment completed as well, you should have received an invitation from YouScience in your SouthlakeCarroll.edu account, if you are having trouble finding this email please email your counselor.

  • Log on to your Naviance account and complete your "Super Match" college wish list (we showed you this in your US History class back in September) and enter 3-5 college choices in your "Colleges I'm Thinking About" list (you will find both of these items under the "Colleges" tab.
Mindful Parenting Family Tool Kit

Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, to the present moment, with non-judgment. Jon Kabat-Zinn

CISD Counselors are here for you!

View our video below to learn more about us!

A Message From Coach McDade & Rachel's Challenge

See Coach McDade's message about an opportunity for leadership and to help create positive change on our campus:

https://vimeo.com/470750236/10deae4723 (Links to an external site.)

Email your counselor if you'd like to get involved with Chain Reaction!

Rachel's Challenge Ad
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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.


The Problem YouScience Solves


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.


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



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


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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:



Our Counseling Team

Tracey Flores, M. Ed., Lead Counselor

Serving Students Last Names A-D


Melissa Woodward, M. Ed.

Serving Students Last Names E-K


Keri Bettencourt, M. Ed.

Serving Students Last Names L-Q


Tammy Grasmick, M. S.

Serving Students Last Names R-Z


Deborah Warner, M. Ed.

Intervention Counselor - CSHS 504 Coordinator


Counseling Office Support Staff

Deidra Mulloy



Anne Fore



Shela Daniel