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Mission

As the CJHS counselor I will provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program to address the academic, career, and personal/social needs of all students. The CJHS counseling program will align with all standards put forth in Texas Law HB 18. In unison with students, staff, parents and community members, school counselors will facilitate a positive, supportive, and culturally sensitive program to ensure the school community is a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment for each individual student.

Introduction

My name is Mikel Luna and I will be your school counselor this year at CJHS. I am very excited to help your student achieve their academic, social, and personal goals. Please take some time to visit our new counselor's website, which has a variety of different resources for students and parents.

Columbus Junior High Counseling Program

New law states that each school model must conform to four components. These components are taken from the state supported Texas Model, and American School Counselors Association (ASCA) guidelines. Below are the four components, as well as how counselors meet these criteria, and how CJHS personalizes their approach to meet the unique needs of our student base:

 

Guidance Curriculum:
  • Counselors teach classroom lessons addressing basic life-long skills, identified as essential for academic and personal success.

  • CJHS has a social emotional learning (SEL) program to address skills that may not be taught in the classroom, but be essential to school and career success. Students will also have access to lessons taught by counselors to help with mental health issues, and also have an online way to communicate with the counselor to discuss their mental health in a confidential and safe environment.

  • CJHS is in the process of restructuring its Response to Intervention (RTI) program that focuses on specific populations that have struggled in academic success based from assessment data.

 

Responsive Services
  • Counselors assist students with an immediate personal concern, a crisis, or a problem that may be affecting their achievement at school

  • The counselor at CJHS has designed the "Cards who care" google form that can be used for immediate communication in times of need or crisis.

  • The CJHS made a Basic Needs Resource List for students/parents to utilize in times of crisis and trauma.
  • *NEW* CJHS has received a generous donation of hygiene products to help students with basic necessities that may not be available at home. Thanks HEB-Columbus!
  • *NEW* In alignment with the student and parent needs surveys from the beginning of the year, CJHS has started a Social Emotional Learning program that focuses on the needs surveyed from parent and student input. This program is focused on student needs in a small-group environment that will meet for an entire week during advisory period.

 

Individual Planning System:
  • Counselors help student to select appropriate courses, plan for transition (i.e., middle to high school or high school to college), and provide to students and parents information on careers and post secondary education and training.

  • In the counselor website, students are given a page with various career and post secondary educational resources.

  • The CJHS counselor has constructed a counseling program brochure highlighting the different ways to utilize the school counselor, and numerous resources students and parents have available.

 

System Support
  • The school system includes many programs designed to support students. Counselors assist in the referral process of students to appropriate support programs and services provided within the school setting and to outside agencies. System support has two components:

    • Educating the staff about the Comprehensive Development Guidance and Counseling Program

    • Supporting the staff with professional development, consultation and assistance with community outreach

  • As the CJHS school counselor, I will make myself available to support students and provide numerous programs to promote success and growth.

  • The CJHS school counselor has constructed a new counseling website and various other multimedia resources to ensure students have access to counseling resources and access to the counselor, no matter their selected learning option.

 

Resources for Basic Needs