The Counseling Corner

Duncanville ISD Counseling Department Newsletter

October 2021

Dear Duncanville ISD Families,

We thank you for being our valued partners as we work together to educate your scholar. Your child’s success is our top priority, which is why we strive to develop the whole child including their social-emotional wellness. This year we are working to expand the social-emotional learning (SEL) support provided to our students. Therefore, over the next several weeks, students and teachers will participate in a confidential, online survey to assess their SEL skills.

From the results of these surveys, counselors and teachers in our district will learn ways that we can provide support and guidance to enhance each child’s social-emotional skills to support them to not only achieve academically but to also prepare them for personal success. We will be asking your child to reflect on their own mindsets and approaches to learning via this online survey. If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip that item. Students will complete the survey at school and it should take approximately 15-20 minutes.

We are partnering with a third-party vendor to support us in administering these surveys. The survey content will ask students to reflect on the following topics:

● Self-management

● Social awareness

● Self-efficacy

● Well-being

● Sense of belonging

● Student-Teacher relationships

We are asking that all of our students participate in the surveys, as their responses will provide invaluable insights into their experiences and how we can improve and adapt our district to better meet their needs. If you have any questions about the SEL survey or would like to have your child opt-out, please contact your child’s counselor.


Duncanville ISD Counseling Department

Duncanville High School SEL Spotlight

In Duncanville ISD, our teachers cultivate SEL by creating a safe and positive climate in their classrooms. Watch this video of one of our high school students, Evan Lee, share his story about his English teacher, Mrs. Shaunna Kile. ​

SEL Spotlight DHS

If students are in need of backpacks, school supplies, clothes, or food, we have it! Our Panther Pantry is stocked, and we can provide students with the necessary resources they need. If you know a student/family in need of basic resources, please reach out to our social workers.

Elementary & Intermediate Schools:

Mrs. Shanice Dessein

Alternative, Middle, & High Schools:

Mrs. Rhonda Cole

5 Tips to Help Your Child Be Resilient

Support and teach your child skills as they take risks.

  1. Do not do for your child what they can do. When we do for them instead of allowing them to do for themselves we not only rob them of the satisfaction and natural reward of feeling accomplished, we can unconsciously send the message that we don’t believe they can do it.
  2. Have faith in your child as they face as many challenges as possible in their daily lives. Remember that we want to send the message that we believe in them and teach them coping skills. Children who learn coping skills early in life have a leg up from other children who have not learned that they are capable of problem-solving their issues or handling difficulty. They will become more confident.
  3. It is important that children learn how to deal with disappointment and strengthen their ability to sustain, deal, and overcome uncomfortable or less pleasant feelings like frustration, loss, loneliness, and embarrassment. Resist the urge to fix the feeling or the problem for the child. Support their expressing and processing their feelings in healthy ways.
  4. Help your child problem solve without giving them your solution, and if they cannot think of a way to solve their problem, offer them 2 solutions to choose from. Guide them in being creative and coming up with ideas on how to solve their own problems. Support them in solving problems when they are calm, not when they are emotionally ridden. Be supportive when their choices do not work out. Ask them what else they can do, rather than tell them what they should do. When we tell our children what to do, we can make them dependent upon us and others.
  5. Model resiliency to your child.

Unity Day: Wednesday- October 20, 2011

National Bullying Prevention Month

Wear and share ORANGE to show unity for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and to send a visible message that no one should ever experience bullying.

Red Ribbon Week: October 25-29, 2021

This year the National Red Ribbon Week Theme, Drug Free Looks Like Me. The Theme is a reminder that everyday Americans across the country make a significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live Drug-Free!

Tips for Compassion and Grief Support

How do you support a loved one or friend who's just lost someone due to COVID-19? It's hard to know what people going through a loss really need, whether it's someone who is nearing the end of their life or a grieving friend who needs support. There will never be enough words to fill the void a grieving person is feeling, but there are things you can do to show that you're there for them, and that they are not alone during this difficult time.

Remember that each situation is completely unique to the person, their emotions, and the relationship they had with their loved one. Be mindful and know that the same type of comforting that worked for one person in the past may not work for others, and recognize that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have likely added to the overall stress of your loved one or friend.

Here are some practical tips that can help to show compassion and grief for a loved one or friend during this unforeseen circumstance.

1. Being There

A great way to show compassion and support in a grieving person's time of need is by simply being present. Some ways you can be there are to physically show up (if possible), check in on a regular basis, and use thoughtful words like " I love you", "I'm thinking of you", or " I cant begin to imagine how you feel but I'm here for you". Offer your time and support by listening whenever they are ready to talk about their thoughts and feelings through it all.

2. Sending Something

This tip goes for people who may not be as close to the person who has passed or those grieving, or are unable to safely visit but still want to offer support and care. A simple yet heartfelt way to do this is to send them something, such as a home-cooked meals, thoughtful cards and letters, or self-care packages. Although these are rather small gestures, a grieving person will remember your support and love during their difficult time.

3. Don't Forget

As time passes and people seem to have forgotten, the bereaved will still be grieving long after. Everyone has a different timeline of grieving, and returning to their normal day-to-day life may be the most painful for some. There are many ways to show your support after the first stages.

Continually checking in on the person through the days, months, and years to follow may be what they need most. Remembering important dates, such as birthdays, the date of passing, and holidays, is important because people may be extra sensitive on these days. Contacting them, sending something, or making a thoughtful gesture will show you haven't forgotten about their loss.

Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle. -Charles Glassman

The Juice Box Bully

Author: Maria Dismondy

Published: 2010

The new kid in school is quite the bully. When he sees how his classmates stand up for each other, and even refuse to be mean to him in return, he realizes his mistakes and wants to join their kind community.

Our Mission & Vision

Mission: The mission of the Duncanville ISD Counseling Department is to reach the hearts of students everyday so they can be their best selves.

Vision: The vision of the Duncanville ISD Counseling Department is to graduate all students with a clear post-secondary plan, and the social-emotional skills to succeed in a competitive environment.