Columbia Counselor Corner

December 2021

Our Smore will provide counseling updates from each building.

High School Updates: Wendy Diefenthaler

Mrs. Diefenthaler

Seniors!! It is important to keep working hard. Finish this semester strong so you are able to go into your final semester on a positive note. College applications can still be filled out, let Mary or I know if you need some help with those. FAFSA is also still open. The earlier you apply, the more money that is available.

John George Jr. Student Loans are ready as well. This is a private loan that you can borrow up to $6000 for four years, a total of $24000, with a 2% interest rate. Definitely a great way to help bridge the gap.

Scholarships: Mary and I will begin talking about scholarships in December and then the big push will be in February. You can always check out my weebly, I update this as quickly as I get information, and remember NEVER pay for scholarship searches, they are scams.

Juniors! I know this time of year stats to really drag. It's easy to start loosing interest in the SAT prep class. Here are a few apps that you could look into to help spice up your studies!

SAT Practice Prep through Varsity Tutors, SAT Exam Prep through Magoosh, and Remember That by Cerego, Inc. These might give you a different way to look at reviewing over the holiday break.

Sophomores! Career Center presentation took place in your English classes on Nov. 30, and you choose three different programs to visit on February 1st. After our visit in March you will have the opportunity to sign up for your Junior year to attend the career center. There are many certificates and college credit that you can earn when you attend the career center. There will be an open house for parents and students to visit and learn more about all the different programs and offerings on February 24, 2022 from 4:00-7:00. You can also still sign up for Early College if that is the direction your choose to go.

After School Help: Tuesday and Thursday we have FREE after school help. Tuesday's our Math teachers stay after until 3:35 for drop in math tutoring and on Thursday Mrs. Wallace stays for all other subjects. If you need a little extra help every now and then be sure to stop in!

8th hour, credit recovery has begun. If you have a class that you need to repeat, stop in and see me so we can get you started. This meets on Monday and Thursday's in Mr. McDevitt's classroom.

Junior High School Updates: Storm Caryl

Mrs. Caryl

Hey guys,

I am the Junior High School Counselor. I work with 7th-9th grades. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Student Groups: Self Esteem

I will be doing a wide variety of groups all year long!! Topics will range based on the current needs of students. We play games and do a lot of fun activities!

This time we are foucsing on Self Esteem

Let me know if you want to be apart of this or if you want your student to join! We already started for the year but I do them all year long.

Mental Wellness Tip

Remember what you can and cannot control. This is important for academic success but for emotional well-being, too. Trying to control things outside of your control can leave you feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Please see below a list of what you can and cannot control.
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Upper Elementary Updates: Krista Schatzle

Happy Fall Y'All!

Hello! I hope all our CUES families have had a wonderful summer and terrific start to the school year! We have already had guidance lessons on proper handwashing and ways we can stay healthy as well as going over my role as a counselor in the school.

October is Anti-Bullying Month so we will be having our tolerance and inclusion/Anti-Bullying/Don't Be a Bystander guidance lesson! I will also be working with the 5th and 6th grade students on Career Readiness using our newly purchased (for grades 3-6) Xello software program! I am excited to work with the students and create an inclusive, safe culture at CUES.

Mindfulness Moment

Each month I will be posting a Mindfulness Moment for students and their families to try at home. This month is Belly Breathing. Lay on your back and relax your body. Put your hands on your belly. Take in a deep breath for 6 seconds. Feel your belly rise up as you breath in. Breath out all of your breath (about 6 seconds) and feel your belly go down. Do this 5 times. Then breath normally and feel how your body is relaxed!
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Lower Elementary Updates: Ashley Phelps


I hope you all are having a fantastic start to the school year!

We have already completed so much and the year has just begun. Handwashing lessons have taken place to help keep everyone clean and healthy. You are all doing great learning social emotional strategies from Move This World lessons in your classroom.

In October I will be visiting each class for a lesson on bullying prevention and spreading kindness! Small groups will also be starting in October in my office for anyone who needs a little extra support with social skills, worry and transitions within their family. If you feel your student could benefit from these or another form of support please reach out to me!

You can reach me by email: or by calling 517-769-8557, feel free to leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I am available.

Unity Day - Wear Orange

On Wednesday, October 20th we will be celebrating Unity Day. This is a day for all to remember the importance of being kind and accepting others while preventing bullying of all forms. Please join us in wearing orange on this day!

T-Shirts are available for those who would like to purchase a shirt for this day. See flyer below.

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Monthly Family Wellness: Fall Fun!

See if you can get a Bingo below by trying out some of the fall family fun activities together.
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Mental Health and Crisis Intervention Resource List

Mental Health Resource List

The following document provides a list of different mental health resources available in our surrounding area. If immediate danger is suspected please call 911. For additional guidance and support, our district counselors are available through school email.

Storm Caryl-School Counselor,

Wendy Diefenthaler-School Counselor,

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9th grade Google Classroom Code-amyhajq

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Dial 2-1-1 for immediate access to over 2,000 services available to Jackson County Residents. When you call you are connected to a trained Information and Referral Specialist who can discuss your needs and give you the information and/or referrals you need to find what you are looking for. There is an online directory of available resources as well on the website listed above.


A student safety program that allows students to confidentially report potential harm or criminal activity directed at school students, school staff and schools. Tips can be submitted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students can submit tips through phone, email, text message, mobile app or Okay2Say website.

Community Action Agency Jackson, Lenawee & Hillsdale Counties

1214 Greenwood Ave. Jackson, MI. 49203

400 W. South St. Adrian, MI. 49221

55 Barnard St. Hillsdale, MI. 49242




Services: Education, Economic Self-Sufficiency, Housing, Health & Nutrition, and Community Development.

LifeWays CMH

1200 North West Ave. Jackson, MI. 49202

25 Care Drive Hillsdale, MI. 49242



Behavioral Health Services in areas such as severe mental issues, intellectual/developmental disability, substance use disorder, and co-occurring disorders.

Family Service & Children's Aid

330 W. Michigan Ave.

Jackson, MI. 49201


Born Free: Counseling & treatment for females (ages 14+) 12-step recovery program into daily life; Intro to Alcoholics & Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon; Families & Schools Together: families attend an 8-week group focusing on family bonding, communication, discipline and nurturing; Other services by referral only: drug screening, counseling (group & individual), First Time Offenders Program, and Breakout Drug Free Education Program in schools (6-12th grade); Child abuse and neglect educational presentations

Lenawee County Community Mental Health


Behavioral Health Services in areas such as severe mental issues, intellectual/developmental disability, substance use disorder, and co-occurring disorders.

LJ Gallagher PsyD and Associates PLLC

451 Marshall Street

Brooklyn, MI 49230

(517) 414-0697

A Healing Place, LLC

207/209 First St. Jackson, MI. 49201

1218 Greenwood Ave. Jackson, MI. 49201


Services: Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Testing, Children/Adolescent Therapy, Family Counseling, Couples Counseling and Group Therapy for Eating Disorders.

Accepted Insurances (Varies by Therapist): BCBS, BCN, Priority Health, HAP, Aetna, Cofinity, PCN/PHP, JHN, Medicare, Magellan, Meridian

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Student safety program

Confidentiality Statement

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