Counselor's Corner

Cypress-Fairbanks I.S.D. presents guidance lessons to all students through a Comprehensive, Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program. The foundation of the program is to provide developmentally appropriate assistance for all students. The lessons are designed to help students acquire knowledge and skills to enhance their personal, social, and educational development.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

  • February 9, 2017 – 8th Grade Parent Meeting
  • February 27, 2017 – Keeping the Options Open @ Cypress Ranch High School
    (All 2017-18 Cypress Ranch and Bridgeland students)
  • March 2, 2017 - 6th & 7th Grade Gear Up Parent Meeting
  • April, TBD – Bridgeland High School Parent Meeting

 

6th GRADE

Fall Semester
Transition to Middle School: Students receive a guidance lesson designed to address age-appropriate issues and situations that are relevant to adolescents. We explore examples for specific topics and role play. Students discuss how to handle specific situations for each topic and are allowed to ask questions. The following topics are covered:

  • Introduction to 6th grade counselor and counseling office
  • Reporting vs. Tattling
  • Teasing
  • Friendships
  • Social Media
  • Assertiveness
  • Rumors

College and Career Advisory Lessons: The program is designed to introduce students to the new Texas High School Graduation Plan (Foundation High School Program + Endorsement), explore career options related to each endorsement, and create a 6-Year Plan for high school that will support their college and career goals.

  • Texas Graduation Plan plus Endorsements
  • Discover skills and work talents
  • Creating a resume
  • Conducting College Research
  • How education impacts income
  • Five/Six Year Plan


Career Cruising: Career Cruising is a self-exploration and planning program that helps student achieve their potential in school career in life. Students will complete a brief interest inventory and activity that outlines their findings. This lesson gives the students the opportunity to:

  • Build self-awareness by learning about their interests, skills, preferences and aspirations
  • Explore options by learning different career possibilities and education pathways
  • Plan – choose courses needed in middle and high school to achieve their post–high school goals.


Spring Semester

Gear Up: Gear Up Night is designed for the parents of current 6th and 7th graders. It will provide valuable information on the Texas Graduation Plan, selecting classes for next year, and preparing for high school. The students will receive the same information and the registration form the following week during class.

  • 6th Grade Registration - March


7th GRADE

Fall Semester

Duke Talent Identification Program: Eligible 7th graders who meet the criteria to participate in Duke TIP receive information about the program. Students qualify based on their 5th or 6th grade STAAR results. Students who choose to participate will take a college entrance exam and those who score particularly high, may be invited to participate in summer programs and other recognition ceremonies.


We Help Ourselves: WHO is an anti-victimization curriculum presented to students in grades Kindergarten through 12th. The lesson is presented to 7th graders and is designed to address age-appropriate issues and situations that are relevant to adolescents. WHO stresses three major points:

  • HAVE A PLAN FOR PERSONAL SAFETY: Know, understand and practice the rules you and your family have decided on for safety.
  • HAVE A PLAN OF ACTION: Decide ahead of time what to say or do when confronted with a potentially dangerous situation.
  • ASK FOR HELP: Adolescents may find themselves in a potentially dangerous situation for which they are unprepared. Having a trusted and supportive adult to turn to for assistance is crucial. Telling someone about the situation is often a follow-up procedure as well as a preventative measure.


College and Career Advisory Lessons: The program is designed to introduce students to the new Texas High School Graduation Plan (Foundation High School Program + Endorsement), explore career options related to each endorsement, and create a 5-Year Plan for high school that will support their college and career goals.

  • Texas Graduation Plan plus Endorsements
  • Setting goals for future
  • Learning to prioritize
  • Practicing time management
  • Develop study skills
  • Calculating GPA
  • Five/Six Year Plan

Career Cruising: Career Cruising is a self-exploration and planning program that helps student achieve their potential in school career in life. Students will complete a brief interest inventory and activity that outlines that their findings. This lesson gives the students the opportunity to:

  • Build self-awareness by learning about their interests, skills, preferences and aspirations
  • Explore options by learning different career possibilities and education pathways
  • Plan – choose courses needed in middle and high school to achieve their post– high school goals.


Spring Semester

Gear Up: Gear Up Night is designed for the parents of current 6th and 7th graders. It will provide valuable information on the Texas Graduation Plan, selecting classes for next year, and preparing for high school. The students will receive the same information and the registration form the following week during class.

  • 7th Grade Registration - March


8th GRADE

Fall Semester

College and Career Advisory Lessons: The program is designed to introduce students to the new Texas High School Graduation Plan (Foundation High School Program + Endorsement), explore career options related to each endorsement, and create a 4-Year Plan for high school that will support their college and career goals.

  • In-depth exploration of each endorsement area and related careers
  • Course requirements for graduation
  • Course selection for 9th grade and development of a 4-Year Plan

Career Cruising:Career Cruising is a self-exploration and planning program that helps student achieve their potential in school career in life. Students will complete a brief interest inventory and activity that outlines that their findings.

  • Build self-awareness by learning about their interests, skills, preferences and aspirations
  • Explore options by learning different career possibilities and education pathways
  • Plan – choose courses needed in middle and high school to achieve their post–high school goals.

Spring Semester

8th Grade Parent Night: Geared to provide valuable information on the Texas Graduation Plan, selecting classes for next year and preparing for high school.

  • 8th Grade Registration - February


District Activities:
In addition to our Campus Programs, the district host the following activities:

  • CFISD Career Options Fair – December
  • 8th grade JA Inspire day at the Berry Center – February
  • “Keeping the Options Open”
    8th to 9th transition meeting hosted by the high schools – February

If you have any questions about the guidance lessons for any grade level, please contact the Smith Middle School counseling office.

SMITH COUNSELOR’S
6th Leslie Towne
7th LaKeisha Frank
8th Lyndsay Francies

 

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