Counseling

Brandenburg Counselor's Corner

The purpose of our Brandenburg counseling team is to promote academic success by working cooperatively with students, parents, teachers, staff and the community.  We embrace the diversity of our students and advocate for equity, access and success for all students.

Counseling staff

The Brandenburg Counseling Department is comprised of 3 full-time counselors. Each student is assigned a counselor based on last name:

Division Counselor Phone (972) Ext.
A thru G Alison Staples 926-2630 x51229
H thru O Cristina Wilson 926-2630 x51208
P thru Z Suzanne Battles 926-2630 x51205

If you have any questions or concerns, parents are always welcome to contact them by phone, email or schedule an appointment. Students are also welcome to visit their counselors before and after school. If a counselor is not available, students can complete a “Counselor Appointment Request” form, available in the counseling office, and the counselor will call the student to the office during the school day.

Brandenburg counselors provide counseling (individual or group) and classroom presentations to students regarding academic and personal/social issues.

Classroom guidance

Counselors will visit classrooms during advisory periods throughout the school year presenting lessons that expand on the district's monthly areas of focus. 

Counselors visited classrooms Sept. 9 - 13 to discuss suicide prevention.  Please see the attached PowerPoint for information about the student presentation, activities, and resources. The presentation the counselors used is linked here.

Counselors will be visiting classrooms October 21st - October 30th with substance abuse education in support of Red Ribbon Week.  This is a sensitive topic for many and often raises questions and encourages dialogue between home and school.  Please feel free to reach out to us at any time with your concerns. The presentation the counselors used is linked here. 

Information on drugs and abuse:  https://teens.drugabuse.gov/teens/drug-facts

 

Individual counseling

Counselors meet with students in a one-on-one capacity when the student or an adult requests a meeting.  These meetings are confidential (unless safety is a concern) and are to discuss issues such as academics, problem solving, goal setting, personal problems affecting school and other issues that may be impacting learning.  Counseling sessions are generally brief but a counselor may make a referral to on-going counseling if necessary.  

Group counseling

Small groups are formed when a common need surfaces for a small group of students.  Some examples include, resolving a conflict among a group of students, goal setting, adjusting to middle school, etc. Participating in small groups can help students relate with other students who have similar challenges.

Other counseling services include:

  • reviewing your choice of subjects each spring during registration (February - April)
  • helping solve academic scheduling problems
  • providing study skills and academic information
  • providing career and college information
  • helping in teacher/student relationships
  • helping cope with family issues
  • listening to concerns about friends, etc.
  • giving you information about life and decision-making skills
  • referring you to people or places outside of school for help if necessary
  • being your advocate – counselors are here for you

Naviance

Middle school is the perfect time to begin setting goals to attend college. Garland ISD provides a number of opportunities for students and parents to begin early planning and awareness. One of those opportunities is Naviance. Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness solution for middle and high school students connecting academic achievement to post-secondary goals. Naviance allows students to create a personalized plan that helps them make the right decisions throughout their academic journey.

Tips for a successful school year

As a parent, you know your child best. However, the school counselor can help you better understand your child as a student. Here are a few tips to aide in helping your child meet success:

  • Check your child’s planner - review the planner on a daily basis to monitor that assignments are being written and completed
  • Access Skyward on a regular basis – this allows you to monitor your child’s grades
  • Create a tutorial schedule for your child

What should you do if your child is not achieving to his/her ability level?

  • Talk to your child - find out what they are struggling with and what steps they have taken to get help
  • Talk with the teacher – find out if your child is struggling with tests, quizzes, homework, and/ or behavior
  • Talk with the counselor about other available interventions (weekly progress reports, school tutoring, private tutoring, shadowing, counseling, etc.)

Request accommodations for testing

Students with documented disabilities have the opportunity to request assistance for their tests in the form of an accommodation.

See Request accommodations for testing on the district website for more information.

Bullying and cybersafety

No student should be subjected to bullying or harassment that interferes with their ability to learn or their safety.

Visit the district website for more information and resources related to bullying and cybersafety.

Anonymous Alerts®

You can use the Anonymous Alerts® webform or mobile app to quickly, easily and anonymously report bullying, cyberbullying and other sensitive topics to school officials.

Anonymous Alerts® is monitored by GISD Security 24-hours daily and should only be used for serious and urgent matters. In the event of an emergency or life-threatening event, always call 911.

Submit an Anonymous Alert®

Download the app

To place a report from a mobile device, first download the free Anonymous Alerts® app from the Apple App Store or Google Play store. Then open the app and enter activation code garlandisd.

G.R.E.A.T Program

The Brandenburg SRO talks to students about have beliefs and values.

 

Our campus SRO, Jesse Kohls, facilitates the G.R.E.A.T (gang, resistance education and training) program weekly in our sixth grade health courses. Students learn about gang, drug and alcohol resistance.