Conroe ISD Guidance and Counseling Mission
The Conroe Independent School District is dedicated to the belief that guidance and counseling will function as an integral part of the total school program, contribute directly to the school mission and involve every member of the school staff. Developmental in content and process, the guidance and counseling program supports the efforts of teachers and parents in promoting students’ self-esteem, academic readiness, social and interpersonal sensitivity, and awareness of future academic and career opportunities. These are needed for developing economic productivity, responsible citizenship, effective living and enjoyment of life. Developmental guidance and counseling in CISD is proactive, preventative and characterized by outreach and availability to all students with emphasis on the acquisition of skills.
CISD believes that all students are unique human beings who may need assistance with personal social educational, and career development. The primary role of the professional counselor is to work directly with parents, students, and staff to facilitate learning and growth and to help provide a safe and encouraging school environment.
- School Counseling Curriculum: A comprehensive program that promotes knowledge and skills in three content areas: academic achievement, career development and personal/social growth.
- Individual & Small Group Counseling: Ongoing activities designed to help individual and small groups of students to establish personal goals and develop future plans.
- Responsive Services: Includes consultation, individual/small group counseling, crisis response, referrals, peer mediation.
- System Support: Professional development, collaboration, program management and operation.
- Galatas School Counseling Programs
- Student Ambassadors
- Mentoring Program
- Greyhound Tickets – PBIS Support
- Kelso’s Choice – Conflict Management Curriculum
- Why Try? & Resilience Curriculum
- Red Ribbon Week – Drug Awareness
- Generation Texas Week – Career Awareness
- Community Assistance & Referrals for School Supplies, Clothing, Food & other resources
- 4th Grade Safety Patrol
- Lunch Bunch
- United Way
Dial 211 (free helpline 24/7)
- Aunt Bertha – search for free or reduced cost services
- Tri-County Services Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Crisis Number 1-800-659-6994
- Lone Star Family Health
- YES to YouthÂ Montgomery County Youth Services
The Woodlands 281-292-6471
24 hour Crisis Intervention Hotline 1-888-756-8682
- Conroe ISD Community Resource Link
- CHADD – National Resource Center on ADHD
Social Emotional Learning –
Conroe ISD is committed to the social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success of all students. Students will develop a healthy sense of self and social awareness; embrace diversity and understanding and respect for others; successfully manage their emotions and behaviors; and make responsible decisions. We are dedicated to creating an environment where students thrive and reach greater heights than ever before.
As a school community:
- We believe that we must listen intently and act with intention to make Conroe ISD a welcoming, accepting, and supportive place for our students, staff, and families.
- We believe in the unlimited potential in every human being.
- We believe that social emotional learning functions as an integral part of the total school environment.
- We believe in equality for all students.
- We believe that our diverse community is an asset.
- We believe we must engage students, families, and our community as authentic partners in social and emotional development.
- We believe everyone is created equal.
Please visit CISD’s Social Emotional Learning platform for more information.
Resources for Coping with Loss
- Grief is a natural reaction to loss.
- Each student’s grief experience is unique.
- There are no “right” and “wrong” ways to grieve.
- Every death is unique and will be experienced by your students in different ways.
- The grieving process is influenced by a multitude of factors.
- The nature of the death
- The interpretation of the death
- The status of the relationship between the student and the person who died
- The emotional and developmental stages of students
- The communities view of the death
- Support systems available to students (family, church, school, etc.)
- Grieving never ends. It is a process and not something people “get over.”
Death from Chronic or Long Illness
- Issues often arise concerning one’s own health.
- Children may feel relieved that the person died because they are no longer in pain.
- Anticipatory grief may be experienced before the death. Grief will also occur after the death.
- Anticipation of the death allows friends and family to say goodbye.
- Long-term illnesses can be tiring and emotionally draining. Family members may be tearful, lack energy and have difficulty concentrating.
- Children may feel lonely and neglected since there is a lot of energy directed on caring for the dying person.
- Keep communication clear, open and frequent.
- Need brief and simple explanations for their short attention span.
School Age to 12 Years of age
- Need basic factual information.
- Begin to have biological, more rational understanding of death
- Concern over death of people they know
- Difficulty talking about feelings concerning death
- Predominate feelings: Guilt and Anger
- Develop facades of joking, unconcerned, etc.
- Short attention and tolerance spans in dealing with death
- Spend time together
- Talk about the loss openly
- Address concerns of how this disrupts their life
- Provide structure and predictability
- Be prepared to deal with anger, encourage physical activities
- Respect the individual’s timetable
- Use creative methods to discuss the loss
- Kid’s Health – Helping Your Child Deal With Death
- When Your Child’s Friend Dies
- The 5 Stages of Grief & Loss
- Tear Soup by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen
- Lifetimes – The beautiful way to explain death to children by Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen
- The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
- Grief is Like a Snowflake by Julia Cook
- Ragtail Remembers by Liz Duckworth