Crownover Counseling Corner

November Updates

2021-2022 Crownover Counselors

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Growing Strong Hearts and Strong Minds

The Denton ISD Counseling and Social Work Department is committed to supporting and investing in the social and emotional well-being of our students, staff, and community.

Should you need assistance for your child, please reach out to your child's school counselor via e-mail. If mental health concerns are in need of urgent attention, please dial 911.

The Power of Determination

The power of determination and facing our fears. It is up to us to face the things we are scared of and to not allow it to take over us. Watch this video as the main character faces their fear and finds their own courage to achieve!
UZAIR Best Animated Short Films 2021 - Motivational & Inspirational

Need to see a counselor about any academic or social and emotional needs?

In order to provide the best support to our students, families and staff, the counseling department has created a google form for students and parents to use to request to see a counselor. This form can be completed using the link below which is also found in every teachers classroom and on the RCMS counseling page.

Ms. Garza's Tip of the Month


The holidays are upon us and while they are mostly fun and exciting, they also bring a lot of grief, sadness, and frustration for some. It’s okay to have complicated feelings about the holidays. The weather changes, we lose an hour of daylight and it seems like our days just get gloomier. We spend more time with family and sometimes it means we spend more time with people who we have complicated emotions about. Don’t let those feelings get bottled up. Express them in healthy ways - write in a journal, talk to a trusted adult or a friend, take breaks from big family gatherings by stepping outside or going into your room for a few minutes. Allow yourself to feel difficult emotions. Remember that sadness, anger, grief and frustration are not “bad” feelings. They don’t feel good, but they aren’t bad. It’s our body’s way of telling us something is wrong. So don’t ignore them when they come up. If you need help coming up with healthy ways to express these emotions, come talk to us!

Important Dates and Events for November 2021

DISD/Crownover Calendar Dates

November 4th - November Student of the Month announcement

November 11th - Veterans Day

November 16th - 8th Grade PSAT

November 22-26 - Thanksgiving Break/No School

Crownover Counseling Dates and Events

Wednesday, November 3rd and Thursday, November 4th - Counselors in 7th grade Science - School Links

Monday, November 8 - First Gen Day - Spanish Parent Zoom (Preparing for High School and College) - See below for more info!

Wednesday, November 10th - Counselors in 6th grade Study Skills - School Links

Monday, November 15 - Friday, November 19 - RCMS College and Career Week

  • Monday - College Shirt Day
  • Tuesday - Twin Day
  • Wednesday - Dress to Impress
  • Thursday - Neon Day
  • Friday - Comfy Day

Monday, November 15 - English Parent Zoom (Preparing for High School and College). See below for more info!

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UIL Eligibility Calendar

Friday, November 5 - Ineligible student can gain eligibility at the end of the school day

Friday, November 19 - Monday, November 29 - All students are academically eligible to participate

Friday, November 19 - Three-week grade checks for all ineligible students

Una Noche Para Primera Generacion

Monday, Nov. 8th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

Hola Familias de Crownover. El departamento de Consejería presenta una sesión informativa en español sobre Estudiantes de Primera Generación Universitaria. En esta sesión los padres podrán aprender sobre los pasos para llegar a la universidad, ayuda financiera y programas que puedan ayudar a su hijo/a a sobre salir cuando llegue su tiempo del colegio. Favor de acompañarnos el lunes 8 de Nov a las 6:30 via Zoom. Recibirán a los padres un enlace en su correo electrónico para poder asistir a la presentación. Si tienen preguntas favor de contactar a Ms. Cantú a 940-369-4706 o a Ms. Garza 940-369-4708. Muchas gracias, nos vemos pronto!

Topic: Noche de Primaria Generación

Time: Nov 8, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 854 2358 4772

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Preparing for High School and College

Monday, Nov. 15th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Hello Crownover Families, the Counseling Department will be having a Virtual presentation about College Information and how to help your Middle Schooler start preparing for High School and College. Please join us via zoom on Nov. 15 at 6:00 p.m. You will be receiving an email with the zoom link. If you have any questions please reach out to Ms. Trahan at or Ms. Cantu at

Topic: Preparing for H.S. and College

Time: Nov 15, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 849 8528 6461

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DISD Parent and Student Engagement Classes

Thursday, Nov. 4th, 6-7pm

815 Cross Timber Street

Denton, TX

TOPIC: Conflict Resolution

All classes are held at Fred Moore High School


Thursday, Nov. 11th, 6-7pm

815 Cross Timber Street

Denton, TX

TOPIC: Anxiety and Depression

All classes are held at Fred Moore High School


Thursday, Nov. 18th, 6-7pm

815 Cross Timber Street

Denton, TX

TOPIC: Secondary Developmental Issues

All classes are held at Fred Moore High School

College and Career Tips

November College Tip - Study Habits

Developing good study habits in middle school will help students be successful in high school, college and beyond. Once healthy study habits are established, student can have a better understanding of how these habits will support what they want to accomplish in their academic pursuits.

At home activity:

  1. Ask you child if they agree or disagree with each of the following statements. Once you go through each statement, stop and discuss why they agreed or disagreed with certain statements:

  • I struggle for long periods of time without becoming distracted or tired.
  • I don't know how to take notes.
  • The notes I take during class are often difficult for me to understand when I try to review them later.
  • I don't usually review my class notes periodically throughout the semester to prepare for exams.
  • I frequently can't keep up with my reading assignments, which causes me to cram the night before a test.
  • I study a lot for each test, but my mid draws a blank when I get to the test.

2. After reflecting on their personal study habits, watch this video from Roadtrip

Nation/Texas Oncourse and discuss the following questions:

  • What are your current study habits?
  • What helps you focus?
  • Describe what will need to change in your study habits when you transition to the next stage of your education?
  • Goals! What would you like your study habits to look like?
  • How can the choices you make in your career path set you up for academic success?
  • What habits do you want to break?

3. Review the following study habits and help your student implement them in their routine:

  • Planning ahead - Use a calendar to track your assignments, projects, quizzes and exams. Use the calendar to pace your self by determining which days you will study and periodically review you notes.
  • Chunking - Break up your notes into small pieces (chunks) and plan out time to focus on certain areas or certain days. Decide how many total hours you want to study and break down those hours into shorter segments throughout the week.
  • Speak, Write, Sketch - This skills will help you remember information and us especially helpful when studying with a friend. After studying a section of your notes, close you notebook and repeat the information back by speaking, writing or sketching. Pause after "Speak, Write, Sketch," and practice this skill with content you learned from a previous lesson.
  • Exploring Examples - Anytime you study, pause and write an example (or evidence) of what you are studying. Example - When thinking about the American Revolution and the Texas Revolution, create an example about each and determine the similarities and differences between the two.
  • Annotation - Use a highlighter, pen, notecards or even stickers to annotate notes in your notebook; you can also use them on your handouts during class or study independently. This practice can also be used during reading assignments. Some examples of this include underlining familiar words, drawing arrows to show related ideas, using a star to label important ideas, and highlighting words you do not know. Annotation will be extremely helpful for you when studying notes in the future.

Student and Parent Resources

Free Breakfast and Lunch for ALL DISD Students

In the 2021-2022 school year, ALL DISD students are eligible for free breakfast and lunch, regardless of financial need.

If students are needing additional food and/or resources during school breaks, please contact Ms. Garza ( There are several organizations that help us with ensuring all students have food when needed.

Technology Status and Help

Due to the significant increase in use and dependence on district technology services, this page will provide the latest tech status updates to our families

Self-Help Desk -

If you need additional assistance, please email

Tech Status Link:

Social and Emotional Resources


SEL Activities for Middle/High School Students

We are excited to offer social and emotional learning activities and resources for Middle/High School students to do at home. DISD School Counselors have put together weekly SEL Activities for DISD families to take part in. Click here for more info!

SEL at Home for Parents/Guardians

Welcome! We hope you will consider some ideas on this site to help with your your own social and emotional needs. Click here for more info!