Counselor’s Chronicle

Vale Middle School

Vape Free NISD!

Student safety is one of our top priorities at Vale Middle School. You may be aware that the use of vaping devices has drastically increased in recent years. Vaping is the inhaling of vapor created by an electronic cigarette or vaping device. These devices have cartridges filled with a liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings, and dangerous chemicals. The liquid is heated into a vapor, which is often odorless and often difficult to detect. This vapor that is ingested may contain nicotine, and/or THC (the main ingredient in marijuana) and can cause addiction. As a result, we want you to be aware of how these incidents will be handled on our campus and of our ongoing prevention efforts.

Use and possession of any vaping device on a NISD campus is prohibited. A student who is in possession of and/or caught using an e-cigarette/vape may be suspended and/or placed in a discipline alternative education program. Any student in possession of an item that tests positive for THC will be recommended for expulsion.

Red Ribbon Week is October 21- 25, 2019, Vale will participate in the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign™. As part of Red Ribbon Week this year, Northside is launching a district-wide campaign called “VapeFreeNISD”. This initiative will bring awareness to the epidemic of vaping and will promote awareness in our community. Counselors will visit classrooms to teach lessons about vaping, how it is marketed to teens, and to identify the dangerous health effects.

Please take a moment to educate your student and remind him/her of the serious safety and disciplinary consequences which can result from the use of nicotine and other dangerous chemicals. For more information, please refer to the NISD Student-Parent Handbook at or reach out to your campus administrator. Thank you for your continued support as we strive to ensure the safest possible educational environment for all students on every NISD campus.

If you would like additional information or resources regarding ways to have conversations with your child about vaping, please feel free to contact us.

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Important Dates

Red Ribbon Week, October 21-25

Fall Festival, Monday, October 28th

Progress Reports, Monday, October 28th

Generation Texas Month, November

Report Cards, Friday, November 22nd

Thanksgiving Break, November 25-29

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Did you know?

Throughout the year Vale Counselors offer different groups on topics such as divorce, stress/anxiety, coping skills, managing anger, grief and transition. Counselors meet with students once a week during the day for 6-8 weeks. If you are interested in having your child participate in group counseling or individual counseling, please use the link below to get started.

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Vale Counseling Team

Ms. Davis-A-GAR and Head Counselor 397-5725

Mr. Herrera- GAS-OQ, 397-5726

Mrs. Haby- OR-Z , 397-5728

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Is Social Media Impacting Your Child's Mental Health? What you Can do to Help?

Depression in teens in the U.S. is on the rise according to the National Institute Of Mental Health. There have been direct correlations between the increase in teen depression and the rise of social media use. Depression in kids can result from innocent social media interactions, such as seeing a post about a party and feeling left out or viewing photos that make a teen feel inadequate. The following tips can help parents teach their kids appropriate use for social media.

  • Help your child delete apps that lead to feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt.
  • Have children turn off all notifications for several hours a day, especially during homework time.
  • Set a day or days to take a break from social media.
  • Talk to your child regularly about how their social media interactions make them feel.
  • Make sure your child knows the risks of using social media.

Information taken from (click on the link for the full article),

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