Columbia Counselor Corner

January 2022

Our Smore will provide counseling updates from each building.

High School Updates: Wendy Diefenthaler

Mrs. Diefenthaler

Seniors!! Welcome Back!! College applications can still be filled out, let Mary or I know if you need some help with those.

The College and Career Access Center with Mary have many upcoming workshops that will cover Scholarships, FAFSA, Career Assessment and Major Mapping. If you are interested please check out their website. There will also be a FAFSA event day on February 21 from 11:00am-7:00pm.

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: 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 starts 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! We will visit the Career Center on February 1st. 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.

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Student Groups: Healthy Relationships/ Conflict Resolution

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 healthy relationships and conflict resolution.

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.

Minute Meetings: January/ February

I will be starting my Minute Meetings with all 7th, 8th and 9th graders this semester. This is a brief one-on-one meeting with all students using a structured short questionnaire. This questionnaire is completely volunteer and is not required. The questions are focused on career/future goals and how they are doing this year. Each student has an opportunity to explore their goals and voice their struggles. This process helps me to get a plan for each student and supoort them in anyway I can.

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.

Upper Elementary Updates: Krista Schatzle

Happy Holidays!

Hello! I hope all our CUES families have had a wonderful fall and are enjoying our first snow of the season! We are in the full swing with groups and holiday planning for families and will continue through to the new year. As many may know, I have been splitting my time as CUES Counselor and Interim Principal at CES. It has kept me very busy, and I am so appreciative of the staff at CUES and CES who work tirelessly and with such dedication to their students. A big thank you goes to Mrs. Phelps, CES Counselor, Mrs. Wilding, CES Secretary, and Mrs. Douglas, CES Librarian, who have helped me a great deal with running the building. We are all looking forward to the fun and festivities these next few weeks as we still continue to educate our students in academics and social emotional learning.

Mindfulness Moment

Each month I will be posting a Mindfulness Moment for students and their families to try at home. This month is a grounding strategy to use when very stressed or anxious. It is done using the 5 senses. Look around the room and find 5 things you can see, then 4 things you can touch, then 3 things you can hear, then 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste. If you are really focused on each of these tasks, then by the time you are finished, your breathing should have slowed down as should your heart rate and anxiety level. It will help you control the anxiety enough to get it under control. If needed, go through the process twice. It may help with anger as well depending on the level of anger being experienced at the time.
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Lower Elementary Updates: Ashley Phelps


Welcome back!! I hope everyone had a wonderful break over the holidays.

I am super excited to announce that all counseling groups have restarted. If your student is participating in a group you will begin seeing things come home from what we work on each meeting. If you feel your student could benefit from a group please reach out with any questions.

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.

This Months Family Wellness

2022 Family Bucket List

To start the year off create a family Bucket List. This can be made up of all the things your family would like to do this year, things you want to make changes on, and things you are already looking forward to. Take turns each adding an item to the list so that each member of your family is invested. At the end of the year it is so fun to look back and see how many goals your family has accomplished together!

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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12th grade Google Classroom Code-7hkpmik


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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