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Meet Mrs. Ballard – Kimberlin’s guidance counselor

Hello Kimberlin Knights! My name is Charlotte Ballard, your school counselor.

As your child’s guidance counselor, I provide guidance in areas including motivation to achieve, decision-making, interpersonal skills, cross-cultural awareness, and responsible behavior. The Character Education program is centered on Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; and Citizenship. Character Education plays a vital role not only in developing better students, but also in developing better people. We have a mission, a motto, a code of conduct and a mantra. It is through these three proclamations or motivational declarations, if you will, that parents and school stakeholders are reminded of our core ideals.

"The mission of Kimberlin Academy is to foster excellence among the students, faculty, and parents to provide an enriched learning environment that gives all students the best opportunity to reach their full potential academically and creatively. This is achieved by working together and by continually striving for excellence in academics and personal character, while encouraging continuing education, family involvement, and civic responsibility."

Please contact me if I can help you in any way at 972.926.2560 ext.41008

Kimberlin has been named a State School of Character

Kimberlin Academy has been named a State School of Character by the Texas Elementary Principals & Supervisors Association. The State Schools of Character award recognizes PreK-8 schools and districts demonstrating outstanding character education initiatives that yield positive results in student behavior, school climate and academic performance.

At Kimberlin students begin learning about core values when they walk through the doors for the first time and build on their understanding and application of those values throughout their years here. Our goal is to make sure that our students have all of the tools they need to be successful in real life. Looking for ways to incorporate, practice, and recognize core values is key to getting students to build behaviors that are part of who they are. Kimberlin exposes students to Rachel’s Challenge, Words of Wisdom, Hero (Help Everyone Respect Others) Week, Live Announcements, Class Zookeepers, Book Buddies, Student Health Ambassadors, Gardening Club, Kiwanis Kids, Red Ribbon Week, Career Day, College Days, Bus Driver Reception, Volunteer Luncheon, Veteran's Day, Grandparents' Day, The Essential 55, Sandwiches for the Homeless, and other life lessons.

By integrating compassionate activities into each and every day, students understand their importance and become accustomed to looking outside themselves for ways to help others. We know that to teach their minds, we have to reach their hearts. Being selected as a State School of Character means that Kimberlin’s information will be forwarded to the Character Education Partnership (CEP) in Washington, D.C. for consideration by the National Schools of Character program. Such recognition would further illustrate the culture of kindness, compassion, and integrity in our building. It is great to be a Knight!

We pledge to be drug free!

Red Ribbon Week, the fourth week in October, is a week of alcohol and other drug awareness activities that promotes a drug-free lifestyle. Wearing a red ribbon signifies a unified effort to support a drug free environment.

To help promote drug and alcohol awareness, Kimberlin has a "theme week". Each day of Red Ribbon Week, students and staff participate in the "theme of the day". This year's theme schedule is sure to be a fun way to help students choose to be drug free.

KAE Knights are HEROs

The Knights wore their best super hero capes to support the GISD anti-bullying program.

HERO - Helping Everyone Respect Others – is a program designed to increase student awareness of respecting classmates, exemplifying good citizenship, and how to prevent bullying in schools and communities.

Rachel's Challenge

For the past four years, Kimberlin students and staff have celebrated kindness and compassion through a partnership with Rachel’s Challenge. This program emphasizes young Rachel Scott’s dream to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.

Our focus throughout our 4th year will be on the POWER that each ONE of us has to make a difference in someone’s life. We are talking about how each student, staff member, and family member has the POWER to be someone’s HERO. We know that a HERO is someone that we look up to, someone that we trust, someone who helps us, someone to is there when we need them, someone that we hope to be more like. Each one of us has HERO POWER!

Students will be urged to fill out paper chains with statements of kind and compassionate actions or HEROIC ACT they have witnessed from others. The links will be chained together in each classroom.

It is our hope that this will spark a change in how students treat each other as they prepare for middle school and high school. Please encourage your students to show kindness and compassion toward others, especially those who are new students, special needs students or isolated students.

The power of kindness starts with each ONE of us!!!

“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.” – Rachel Joy Scott

Have you filled a bucket today?

Carol McCloud wrote a book called "Have You Filled A Bucket Today? (A Guide to Daily Happiness For Kids)" based on Dr. Donald O. Clifton's metaphor of the bucket and the dipper. The premise of the book is the idea that we all carry an invisible bucket that contains our feelings. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When our bucket is empty, we feel sad. A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things for other people. By doing this, they are filling other people's buckets and filling their own bucket at the same time.

On the other hand, a bucket dipper says or does things to cause other people to feel bad. A bucket dipper empties their bucket when they say and do mean things.

Take every opportunity to teach your children to be bucket fillers. Tell your children why they are special to you. Give them ideas of ways to fill other people's buckets. Happy Bucket filling!

What can my counselor do for me?

Counselors will help you by:

  • reviewing your choice of subject during the registration period (February - April)
  • 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 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.

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.