- Meet our counselor, Mrs. Allen
- Vision and mission statement
- How can a counselor help you?
- Encouraging social and emotional health on campus
- GM essentials character traits
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character- that is the goal of true education." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Javonda Allen grew up in the Dallas, TX area and was inspired by her father to become an educator. Her father was a pastor and a teacher at heart. Mrs. Allen has been in education for 15 years and taught first, second, and third grade students. She enjoyed working with students and watching them grow academically, as well as, socially and emotionally. Mrs. Allen chose to become a counselor so that she could teach students to be empathetic, caring, and understanding individuals. She believes that these tools, paired with academic achievements, will help students reach their full potential and inspire others to have the same vision.
Mrs. Allen understands that as a counselor it is important to be a positive presence within the school, listen, and advocate for all students. Her goal is to help students become more self-aware, by teaching students to respect themselves and others. She believes that if students are self-aware and learn the true meaning of empathy, they will appreciate the differences found in our world and thrive now and in the future.
Mrs. Allen looks forward to supporting you and your child, as they grow emotionally, socially, and academically at Golden Meadows Elementary. You can call her at 972-494-8373, email her, or stop by the office to make an appointment with Mrs. Allen at any time.
The Golden Meadows' Comprehensive School Counseling Program exists to educate, empower, and inspire all students to become academically and socially ready for individual success, today and in the future.
Educators, parents, and community leaders work collaboratively to assist students with reaching their full potential.
GM is proud to have Mrs. Javonda Allen as our school counselor. A counselor is an essential part of a Professional Learning Community.
How a school counselor can help you
Did you know that elementary counselors…
Teach classroom guidance lesson on a variety of topics?
- Counsel individual students?
- Conduct small counseling groups of children with similar concerns?
- Consult with teachers and assist them in meeting individual student needs?
- Coordinate referrals to community resources?
- Coordinate district and state testing programs?
- Are a good resource for information to parents?
Our counselor can help you with:
- Providing you with study skills and academic information
- Providing you with career and college information
- Helping in teacher/student relationships
- Helping you cope with family issues
- Listening to your concerns about friends, family, school, etc.
- Giving you information about life and decision-making skills
- Referring you to people or places outside of school for additional help if necessary
- Being your friend and advocate – a counselor is here for you!
Counselors for each campus are certified by the state of Texas in School Counseling, have a Master’s Degree, and previous teaching experience. Each elementary school has a guidance counselor to help ensure that adequate support for helping students to succeed and meet their goals is available.
Visit the district website for more information about the GISD Guidance & Counseling programs.
Lunch with Mrs. Allen
Mrs. Allen has established small groups in fourth and fifth grade to help further develop social and emotional skills within our students. At Golden Meadows, we are teaching students to be kind and empathetic towards each other. Our goal is for this to spread throughout our school and into our community.
Safety Patrol is a leadership learning program that supports the emotional and physical safety of our students. Some of the Safety Patrol's responsibilities include monitoring the halls to make sure all students are moving at a safe pace, hanging up our U.S flag every morning, and sending encouraging messages to other students in our school. Safety Patrol members set the example of being a supportive leader on campus, while keeping our campus a positive and safe place.
As a campus, we understand how important reaching the emotional, social and mental health needs of our students is. Without a happy heart and peaceful mind, academic success is hard to accomplish. All 5th grade students are given an on campus mentor (teacher, administration, ect.) for the entire school year, but Golden Meadows is thankful to partner with organizations in our community that allow k-4th grade students to have positive mentors as well.
- Girls with Goals
- Garland Baptist Church
- Grandma Program
A mentor can provide a listening ear, a helpful hand with homework, encouragement towards your goals, and even just a reminder that you're important.
If you believe your student could benefit from having a mentor on campus, please contact Mrs. Allen in our office.
Each six weeks Golden Meadows students learn about a different essential character trait for positive behavior. Mrs. Allen provides weekly guidance lessons on these character traits to all students in grades prekindergarten-5. When the grading cycle is over, teachers pick a student from their class that has demonstrated that character trait above their peers and they are recognized at their grade level's award assembly.
No student should be subjected to bullying or harassment that interferes with their ability to learn or their safety. We love our GM Hawks and want them as safe and happy as possible. We care not only about their academic success, we also want them to be successful as wonderful and compassionate human beings. In order to do that, we need to work together as a family and make sure all of their needs are being taken care of.
Garland ISD defines bullying as:
as a single significant act or a pattern of acts by one or more students directed at another student that exploits an imbalance of power and involves engaging in written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct that:
- has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or damage to the student's property;
- is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for a student;
- materially or substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of a classroom or school; or
- infringes on the rights of the victim at school
In today's world we need to be proactive and vigilant about our student's online usage. At Golden Meadows we encourage our students to be aware of their digital footprint and promote being a good digital citizen.
What is a good digital citizen?
A good citizen is honest, compassionate, responsible and respects others and their property. A digital citizen, has these same characteristics offline and online. A digital citizen is someone who navigates the digital world safely, responsibly and respectfully. They know right from wrong and makes good choices when using technology.
Garland ISD has partnered with Common Sense Media to provide parents with information and resources to help keep their families safe online.
We invite parents to explore their website to find even more great resources. There is an in-depth parenting concerns section that includes FAQs, articles and videos about a variety of topics relating to the use of technology and online safety.
Visit the district website for more information and resources related to bullying and cybersafety.
If you know of any kind of bullying taking place, please let Mrs. Allen know. Golden Meadows and all of Garland ISD is committed to being bully free!
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.