Counselors

Amy Dover
6th Grade Counselor
Mary Hobbs
8th Grade Counselor
Laura Reilly
7th Grade Counselor
Come by and see us. We’re here to help you! We offer career guidance, individual/group counseling, schedule changes, parenting information, PROS (People Reaching Out and Sharing) and mentoring programs.

Parenting Information
Parenting resources are available throughout the year. Referrals to helping agencies are available by talking with the grade level counselor. In addition, many books, tapes, and pamphlets are available for parent use.

RRISD has introduced a new educational/careers pathway program. Students can choose a pathway that fits almost any interest. For more information, visit the RRISD Educational/Career Pathways page. Click on one of the brochures to find related college program and careers. Students may also wish to explore college and careers on the RRISD Career Development Links page.

Resources

Parent Further
RRISD General Academy Information
WWHS Academy Presentation

 

“The Cool Spot” Website
School counselors and educators recommend The Cool Spot website. It uses engaging games and graphics to deliver important messages about the risks of underage drinking and ways to resist peer pressure. Largely based on curriculum for grades 6-8, the website was developed by The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and used in a large-scale, multi-year project called the Alcohol Misuse Prevention Study (AMPS).

One goal of AMPS was to give young teens a clearer picture about alcohol use among their peers. Teens tend to overestimate how much other teens drink. But when they are provided with accurate information about peer-group drinking habits, teens may feel less pressure to drink. “The Cool Spot” incorporates AMPS goals in these and other features:

REALITY CHECK – quizzes kids about how much drinking is really going on in the U.S.
DEEP DIGGING – depicts why using alcohol as a solution to problems is trouble
PEER PRESSURE – Bag of Tricks presents animated scenes that invite kids to identify some common peer pressure “tricks.” KNOW YOUR NO’S – an activity that introduces kids to a variety of ways to say no, helps them learn which one is the most effective.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, conducts and supports approximately 90 percent of the U.S. research on the causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment of alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and alcohol problems and disseminates research findings to general, professional, and academic audiences.

Referral packets can be found on-line on the Round Rock ISD website under Gifted and Advanced Academic Services.

RRISD TAG services

Austin Child Guidance Center

Phone:512-451-2242

Dedicated to improving the mental health of children and their families, a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors provides individual, family, and group therapy; psychiatric and psychological services; parent education; community presentations and consultations
Lone Star Circle of Care

Phone: 1-800-232-8946

LSCC provides appropriate behavioral health services for patients of all ages, from seniors and adults to adolescents and children. We employ a range of mental health professionals, including child and adolescent psychiatrists as well as adult psychiatrists and therapists.
Bridges to Growth Resource Center

Phone: 512-943-5198

Offers many parent workshops throughout the year and free advice and counsel from a parent educator for parents experiencing parenting challenges
For the Love of Christi

Phone:512-467-2600

This organization holds monthly support meetings and various activities for children and adults to help them adjust to life after the death of a loved one.
Wonders and Worries

Phone: 512-329-5757

This organization helps children cope when a loved one or parent has a chronic or life threatening illness
Texas State Round Rock Counseling Clinic
Phone: (512) 716-4250

For information on services for children and adolescents: (512) 245-6576

The clinic is a fully equipped teaching clinic providing supervised clinical experience for advanced master’s degree-seeking counseling students and vital, affordable mental health services to the community.
Austin Travis County Integral Care (ATCIC)

Phone: 512.447.4141, 844.267.0106

Integral Care has a wide array of quality and innovative services and a professional staff dedicated to serving our community. They strive to create a comfortable treatment setting for you or those that you care about through compassionate and confidential services and programs. Our services include psychiatric evaluations, 24-hour crisis interventions, medication treatment, inpatient treatment, employment and vocational services, service coordination, family support and respite care, housing, information and referral, supported living and residential services. Integral Care also provides community services in homes, on the streets or at other sites as needed.
Services available are: Adult Behavioral Health Services, Child and Family Services, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services, Psychiatric Crisis and Jail Diversion Services

Accept the anxiety.  Test anxiety can be very frustrating at a time when you would rather be calm, cool, and collected.  Believe it or not, the physical symptoms that result from anxiety can actually help you do well on the test if you know how to manage them.  So, when you’re taking a test and you feel the butterflies in your stomach and you begin to sweat, don’t fight it.  Instead, decide to use the feelings as a tool for success.  It’s a normal sign that you are ready to fight for a good score!

Breathe Deeply.  Anxiety often causes shallow, fast breathing.  As part of your test anxiety emergency plan, proceed to take several deep, cleansing breaths.  When you inhale deeply, your stomach should rise slightly.  As you slowly exhale, imagine all of the stress melting into the floor.

Make a fist.  Test anxiety increases muscle tension that reduces your concentration.  After you accept the anxiety, do some deep breathing, the final step is to make a tight fist first with one hand and then the other.  Squeeze each as tightly as possible – put all of your nervous energy into your hands as they make a fist.  Then release and stretch your fingers.  Picture all of the tension dripping off of your fingers as your hands relax.

Anti-Bullying Website

 “Conflict Resolution- is the process by which two or more parties engaged in a disagreement, dispute, or debate reach an agreement resolving the situation.” 

Bullying is written or verbal expression, expressions through electronic means, or physical conduct that occurs on school property, at a school-sponsored or school-related activity, or in a vehicle operated by the district.  Check out tips below on how to handle if you or anyone you know is possibly involved in a bullying situation.
Coping Strategies For Children Who Are Bullied

Tell an adult.
Talk it out.
Walk Away.
Avoid the bully.
Hang out with friends.

Coping Strategies For Children Who Witness Bullying

Tell the bully to stop.
Help the victim walk away.
Recruit friends to help the victim.
Befriend the victim.
Get an adult.

Strategies For Parents

If your child is being bullied:
Take complaints of bullying seriously.
Reassure your child that he or she was right to tell you of the problem.
Teach your child to be assertive, not aggressive.
Help the child identify strategies for dealing with bullying.
Give the child positive social opportunities to make friends.
Make teachers and other caregivers aware of the problem and work together to address it.
If your child is doing the bullying:
Spend time with your child daily.
Know where your child is and with whom.
Make it clear that you do not tolerate this behavior, but that you still accept your child.
Arrange for an effective nonviolent consequence if your child continues to bully.
Reward good behavior.
Teach your child positive ways of solving problems and managing anger.

David’s Law

Senate Bill 179, commonly known as David’s Law, makes it a Class A misdemeanor and allows a temporary injunction against social media accounts used to electronically harass or cyberbully someone under age 18 through text message, social media, websites or other means with the intent of causing them to commit suicide or harm themselves.

‘Student safety, both online and offline, are a District priority. The consequences that result from the violation of “David’s Law” are serious and it includes expanding the District’s scope of involvement when a case of cyber bullying is reported,” said Mario DeLaRosa, Round Rock ISD Director of Safety and Security. “Round Rock ISD’s anti-discrimination policy is in the student code of conduct handbook, and it explicitly prohibits cyberbullying. We urge parents to continue to remind their student to be mindful of their online behavior, how it can affect themselves and others.”  

If a student believes they are a victim of cyberbullying or if a teacher, administrator or other school personnel have knowledge about an incident of cyberbullying they can report it using the District’s Anonymous Alerts  incident reporting system. Anonymous Alerts satisfies the law‘s requirement to have a system that allows for anonymous reporting and provides immunity to those who file a report.

More about Anonymous Alerts

Anonymous Alerts allows students or parents to anonymously submit any sensitive or urgent student issues quickly to school officials. Students or parents can submit reports such as bullying, cyberbullying, depression, dating violence, drug or alcohol use, threats against the school, weapons on campus and more. All messages submitted remain completely anonymous.

To report an incident:

On a laptop or PC or download the free Anonymous Alerts mobile app

Apple iOS App or Android App  1. Start the App  2. Login =  rrisd  3. Password = rrisd

Come by and see us. We’re here to help you! We offer career guidance, individual/group counseling, schedule changes, parenting information, PROS (People Reaching Out and Sharing) and mentoring programs.

Program Description

 

How to See a Counselor
Students may come to the counseling office by completing a request form. These forms are located outside the student center. Students may want to meet with the counselor for a number of reasons ranging from academic concerns to peer pressure. Students with emergencies may see a counselor immediately.

 

Schedule Change Requests
All students requesting a schedule change should see their grade level counselor. A parent’s signature is required before the change is approved. Please note that due to class sizes there will likely be difficulty in honoring the request.

 

What exactly does a school counselor do?

We assist students with academic advising and planning, facilitate counseling groups, and conduct guidance lessons through your students regular classes.  We also meet with teachers and parents to help plan appropriate interventions and strategies for struggling students.
Can I just drop in to see my child’s counselor?

Due to our variable schedule, it is best to call to set up an appointment.  If we are in a group, classroom, or helping a child in crisis, we will not be available for walk-ins.
Can I set up an appointment with my child’s team through the counselor?

No, as we do not have access to the team’s calendar, we are not able to set these appointments for you.  Please contact the team leaders directly.
Can my child change electives after the first 2 weeks of school?

This is rarely approved due to the fact that our electives are year-long classes.  We do not wish to set up students for failure due to having missed crucial instruction.
What if my child wants to be an office aide?

There are a limited number of 8th grade students selected for office aides.  Students must maintain good grades and have leadership skills as they represent our campus.
Why are some classes larger than others?

Master scheduling is like a huge puzzle.  It is built based on what students request on their choice sheets and staff are allocated accordingly.  Electives and team planning times really drive the schedule creating some periods of smaller core classes and some with larger numbers due to fewer electives at that time.
How does my child get tested for TAG?

Each year in late fall (typically mid-November to early December) students may be referred for the TAG program by a parent, teacher, or by the student.  Testing is done in January and results of the selection committee arrive to parents in May.  Once parent permission is obtained, the student would start TAG services at the beginning of the following school year.
I think my child has a disability…how do they get services?

All districts follow a Response to Intervention process.  A team meeting is held and an action plan is developed to provide intervention in the general education setting.  Follow-up meetings and different interventions are implemented as needed, with a possible result of referral for 504 or special education evaluation of which in rare cases a student needs highly specialized instruction or the curriculum needs to be altered significantly.