Fannin Counseling Services

1.7 Newsletter (September 28 - October 2)

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Meet your Counseling Team!

Fannin Counseling Services - Our Mission

The mission of the Fannin Middle School Counseling Team is to provide a proactive, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate program to address students’ academic and career goals in addition to supporting their personal and social needs. We can accomplish this through a partnership with parents/guardians, staff, and community members to enable all students to become successful, productive citizens and lifelong learners in a diverse and changing world.

Fannin Counseling Services - Our Vision

The vision of the Fannin Middle School Counseling Team is to empower all students to reach their maximum potential by using a comprehensive program that will address academic, personal/social, and career goals. We will promote an environment to encourage personal inquiry and growth, social responsibility, and academic excellence. School counselors believe that every student can succeed through the collaborative efforts of school, home, and community leading to responsible and productive citizenship in the 21st century.

Social Emotional Learning Corner

Be Kind: Online

Parent's Guide to Virtual Learning - By Mrs. Wright and Ms. Lewis

Parent Guide for Virtual Learning

~Secondary Edition~


Establish routines and expectations

It is important to develop good habits from the start.

  • Create a workday schedule with built in breaks

  • Utilize a planner or calendar for assignments

  • Create a check list of all assignments due and check them off as completed

  • Get dressed and ready to learn at a reasonable time.

  • Make your bed

  • Keep normal bedtime routines,

  • Maintain rules and cut off times for digital device use (video games, phones, iPad, etc.)

  • Incorporate a bedtime to ensure proper sleep to avoid going to bed late and sleeping in. Create a designated learning space

Your family’s regular learning space for occasional homework might not work for extended periods.

  • Set up a physical location that’s dedicated to school-focused activities.

  • Make sure it is quiet, free from distractions and has a good internet connection.

  • Keep doors open, and practice good digital safety.

  • Keep a light snack and water near work area.

Stay in touch

Teachers will mainly communicate through our email, online platforms and virtual learning environments.

  • Make sure everyone knows how to find the help they need to be successful.

  • Stay in contact with teachers, counselors and school administrators.

Encourage ownership and effort

Provide support and encouragement and expect your children to do their part

  • Giving positive feedback and words of affirmations

  • Create an affirmation board or word wall near workspace

  • Encourage a growth mindset, which means reminding kids that it's not about being good or bad at something but working toward getting better at it.

  • Try to stay positive

  • Create an accountability check in process

The night before or in the morning, you might ask:

  • What classes/subjects do you have today?

  • Do you have any assessments?

  • How will you spend your time?

  • What resources do you need?

  • What can I do to help?

At the end of the day you might ask:

  • What assignments did you complete day?

  • What challenges did you have today?

  • What can we do to make tomorrow better?

Encourage brain breaks and movement (physical activity and exercise)

Moving is vital to mental and physical health and it stimulates learning readiness.

  • Set new fitness goals and plan hands-on activities that keep hands busy, feet moving, and mind engaged.

  • Encourage breaks away from the screen

  • Manage stress and make the most of an unusual situation

  • Reach out to your campus counselor for assistance if needed

  • Journaling

  • Allow student to listen to music while working independently

Upcoming Events

Updated Bell Schedule

Lunch time will be different than during all Virtual.

If your child is a virtual learner, their 4th or 5th period teacher will dismiss for their 30 minute lunch break.

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Xello is an engaging, fun-to-use software that students can access online, at school or at home. Students can even access Xello from their mobile devices. Using Xello, students plan their journeys toward the future by creating their very own unique roadmap for future success.

The program is implemented through the GPISD Counseling Services Department at every elementary and secondary campus. The mission of the Counseling Service Department is to guide students from cradle to career, making every student future-ready!

Get started on the journey to becoming future-ready by logging in to Xello. xello.world


Logging in to Xello


Username: GP-Student ID Number (no spaces)

Password: fllllmmdd


  • f: first letter of the first name
  • llll: first four letters of the last name
  • mm: the month of birth
  • dd: day of birth

College of the Week

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University of Texas at San Antonio

The University of Texas at San Antonio serves over 32,000 students and is an emerging Tier One research institution that is ranked #68 on the Times Higher Education's Young Universities Ranking. It is the largest university in the beautiful and historic city of San Antonio. Founded in 1969, UTSA has 3 campuses and offers over 160 degree programs, including the #1 Cybersecurity program in the USA. We have internationally respected academic programs, award-winning faculty and sophisticated science, technology and recreational facilities, along with recognized arts and humanities programs and diverse, dynamic student life. For international undergraduate applicants, we do not require SAT/ACT and there is no essay requirement. Applying to UTSA is easy and all online!


Specialties offered

Architecture

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Computer and information sciences

Criminology

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Engineering

Engineering technologies/technicians

Health professions and related sciences

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Political science and government

Psychology

Undecided

Visual and performing arts

Parents want to follow your child throughout their classes on Canvas?

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http://gpisd.instructure.com/


Canvas from your child's view

https://youtu.be/hKpGuku60s8


How to log in to Canvas- https://youtu.be/_e1Whvbh79s

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How to updated Content Keeper

English Logging into Content Keeper- https://youtu.be/hKpGuku60s8

Spanish Logging into Content Keeper- https://youtu.be/_ecgeHf2ek8

Mental Wellness


Everyone needs someone to talk to. DialCare is standing by.


In addition to the continuing counseling services provided by campus counselors and social workers, Grand Prairie ISD is offering an opportunity for students in 6th through 12th grades to receive virtual counseling services with a trained licensed professional counselor before and after school hours and weekends through DialCare. Counseling is available through the app or on the phone.


Adolescents are often faced with social-emotional challenges that may be difficult for them to handle on their own. Many times, just having the chance to talk through these issues can lead to personal growth and wellness. Actively taking steps to improve one's overall well-being and happiness is a key component of self-care. Self-care plays a vital role in helping adolescents cope with and conquer the challenges of life, especially during these unprecedented times.


This program is easy to use:

• Students can schedule counseling sessions Monday through Friday before or after school hours and on Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Counseling sessions should not be scheduled during school hours.

• Our mental health professionals will reach out via phone or video chat upon request.

• Consultations are available in both English and Spanish.

How it works:

Step 1: Students can schedule an appointment by app, website or phone: 844-249-4094

When signing in through the website or app, your member ID is your student ID

Step 2: Our mental health professionals will reach out to the student via phone or video chat at the scheduled appointment time.

Step 3: Appointments can last up to 30 minutes.

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