Counseling

Course selection

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Naviance and YOU

Guide to Using Naviance to make Course Selections

Student resources

Get to know your counselor

Name and Email Assignment Extension Photo
Steffani James 6th grade Counselor  
Steffani James headshot
Janelle Nash 7th grade Counselor 51008
Ms. Nash's profile picture
Angela Noska 8th grade Counselor 51007
Angela Noska
Jennifer Chappell Counselor Aide 51009

The Jackson Counseling Team is here to assist and help with your progress through middle school. Make an appointment to see your counselor. Main Office: 972-494-8362

Jackson counselors have many helpful pamphlets and forms available. Please let us know what you need more information about. Call and leave your email or mailing address and we will happily send the information to you.

Don't miss out on your chance to help

JTC would like to invite you to partner with our school in an effort to expose our students to the many different businesses that surround our community; we realize that one of the best ways to improve our school is to have community support at our campus. We are currently looking for businesses or companies to partner with for the 2018-2019 school year. We would like the pleasure to benefit from your expertise, specific skills, or place of business. If you know anyone, or yourself, that would be willing to support our school or would like more information please contact Angela Noska, Counselor.

Responsive Services Program

Learn more about our counselors and how GISD meets the social emotional health of our students by visiting GISD Responsive Services program.

College and career activities

  • Magnet program electives in Forensics, Robotics, Engineering, Arts, AV/Tech
  • AVID program
  • Explore UT-Austin
  • Redistep Testing
  • DUKE Scholars Program
  • College Themed Hallways
  • College of the Month Spotlight and announcements
  • Friday College Spirit Days
  • College Night

What can my counselor do for me?

Counselors will help you by:

  • 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!

Counselors for each campus are certified by the state of Texas in School Counseling, have a Master's Degree, and previous teaching experience. Each middle school has two guidance counselors to help ensure that adequate support for helping students to succeed and meet their goals is available.

In addition, each middle school campus has a student services specialist - LIGHT counselor. Campus LIGHT counselors have had additional training in specialty areas to help students maintain and choose a healthy lifestyle. They provide counseling, support groups, presentations, prevention activities, classroom guidance, and crisis intervention for students.

Visit the district website for more information about the GISD Guidance & Counseling and Responsive Services programs.

What students disclose in the Counseling Offices will be kept confidential, unless students confide that they are being abused or neglected, considering hurting themselves, or planning on hurting someone else.

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.