Revised : 01/19/2018

Rio Grande City CISD

Ringgold Elementary Counselor  

Pre-Kinder - 5th Grade

       

From the Desk of

 Jessica S. Teran-Saenz

 jessicasaenz95@yahoo.com

 

Ringgold Elementary Counselor will advocate for all students. Ringgold Elementary Counselor will provide developmental guidance and/ or counseling to students to enhance personal, social, educational, and career development during the year. Work closely with parents and school community to help all children become successful and lifelong learners! Ringgold Elementary Counselor will communicate and/or coordinate information about available resources to parents throughout the year. Ringgold Elementary Counselors will provide information, consultation, training, and support services to campus staff.

Please feel welcome to call the counselor at any time. Counselor can be reached at front office at 956-716-6929 or the counselor's office 956-716-6950.

You may also email the counselor at jessicasaenz95@yahoo.com   

THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE

THE 7 HABITS OF HAPPY KIDS

Be Proactive classroom poster Begin with the end in mind classroom poster Put first things first classroom poster Think win-win classroom poster Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood classroom poster Synergize classroom poster Sharpen the Saw classroom poster

Habit 1 — Be Proactive - You're in Charge

I am a responsible person.

I take initiative.

I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods.

I do not blame others for my wrong actions.

I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Habit 2 — Begin with the End in Mind - Have a Plan

I plan ahead and set goals.

I do things that have meaning and make a difference.

I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision.

I look for ways to be a good citizen.

 

Habit 3 — Put First Things First - Work First, Then Play

I spend my time on things that are most important.

This means I say no to things I know I should not do.

I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan.

I am disciplined and organized.

 

Habit 4 — Think Win-Win - Everyone Can Win

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want.

I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts.

When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.

 

Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood - Listen Before You Talk

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings.

I try to see things from their viewpoints.

I listen to others without interrupting.

I am confident in voicing my ideas.

I look people in the eyes when talking.

 

Habit 6 — Synergize - Together Is Better

I value other people’s strengths and learn from them.

I get along well with others, even people who are different than me.

I work well in groups.

I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone.

I am humble and kind.

 

Habit 7 — Sharpen The Saw - Balance Feels Best

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep.

I spend time with family and friends.

I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school.

I find meaningful ways to help others.

 

Calendar of Events

(Note that some dates may be Tentative)

  February 2017

(Note that some dates may be Tentative)

   
   
   

 

WebLinks and Information

Guidance & Counseling Themes


August/ September

Character Trait – Honesty/Respect/Trustworthiness

Habit 5 Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood

Listen before you TALK

I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.

Habit 2 Begin with the End in Mind

Have a PLAN

I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

  • Golden Rule: Treat others the way you would like to be treated Be honest
  • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal
  • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do
  • Have the courage to do the right thing
  • Build a good reputation
  • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country

PK-5th Grade

Self-Confident Development
*Have Accurate Self-Concepts

*Value Their Uniqueness

*Manage Their Feelings

*Develop Strategies to Overcome Limitations and Enhance Strengths

October

Character Trait- Responsibility

Habit 1 Be PROACTIVE You're in CHARGE

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Habit 3 Put First Things First

Work First, Then Play

I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

  • Do what you are supposed to do
  • Plan ahead
  • Persevere: keep on trying!
  • Always do your best
  •  Use self-control
  • Be self-disciplined
  • Think before you act — consider the consequences
  • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes
  • Set a good example for others

PK-5th Grade

Responsible Behavior

*Behave Responsibly

*Take Responsibility For Own Behaviors

*Be Self-Disciplined

*Drugs and The Consequences

*Anti-Drug Awareness

*Anti-Bullying Awareness

*Fire Prevention

*Bus Safety


November

Character Trait- Compassion/Caring

Habit 7 Sharpen the Saw

Balance feels BEST

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.

  • Be kind
  • Be compassionate and show you care
  • Express gratitude
  • Forgive others
  • Help people in need

PK-5th Grade

Decision-Making, Goal-Setting, Planning, and

Problem-Solving Skills

*Make Decisions

*Develop a Plan of Action

*Set Goals

*Solve Problems

December

Character Trait- Perseverance

  • Keep going and never give up, even when things are hard

PK-5th Grade

Interpersonal Effectiveness

*Make Decisions

*Develop a Plan of Action

*Set Goals

*Gather Information and Solve Problems

January

Character Trait- Loyalty

  • Showing my commitment through difficult times
  • Be Honest
  • Always Tell the Truth

PK-5th Grade

Communication Skills

*Understand Basic Communication Skills

*Express Themselves

*Listen to Others

*Be Smart and Safe Using Technological Communication

February

Character Trait- Justice

Habit 4 Think Win Win Everyone can WIN

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.

  • Take Turns 
  • Tell the truth
  • Play by the rules
  • Think about how your actions will affect others
  • Listen to people with an open mind
  • Don't blame others for your mistakes
  • Don't take advantage of other people
  • Don't play favorites

PK-5th Grade

Cross-Cultural Effectiveness

*Appreciate Their Own Culture

*Respect Other as Individuals and Accept Them For Their Cultural Membership

*Relate Effectively With Others Based On Appreciation for Differences/Similarities

*Evaluate How Stereotyping Affects Them and Their Relationships With Others

March

Character Trait-Responsibility

  • Do what you are supposed to do
  • Plan ahead
  • Persevere: keep on trying!
  • Always do your best
  • Use self-control
  • Be self-disciplined
  • Think before you act — consider the consequences
  • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes
  • Set a good example for others

PK-5th Grade

Motivation to Achieve

*Develop Their Own Academic Potential

*Take Advantage Of Educational Opportunities

*Development of Leadership Skills

*Empowerment of Self

April

Character Trait-Self-Discipline/Citizenship

Habit 6 Synergize

Together is Better

I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble and kind.

  • Do your share to make your school and community better
  • Cooperate
  • Get involved in community affairs
  • Stay informed; vote
  • Be a good neighbor
  • Obey laws and rules
  • Respect authority
  • Protect the environment
  • Volunteer

PK-5th Grade

Connectedness

*School

*Home

*Community

*World

May

Character Trait-Integrity

  • Being strong enough to do what you know is right
  • Knowing the difference between right and wrong and choosing to do the right thing, even when it is difficult

PK-5th Grade

College Readiness

*Forming A Career Identity

*Planning for the Future

*Identifying Skills and Interests

*Developing a Positive Attitude Towards Work

TEA - Sec. 29.906. CHARACTER EDUCATION PROGRAM.

(a) A school district may provide a character education program.
A character education program under this section must:
(1) stress positive character traits, such as:
(A) courage;
(B) trustworthiness, including honesty, reliability, punctuality, and loyalty;
(C) integrity;
(D) respect and courtesy;
(E) responsibility, including accountability, diligence, perseverance, and self-control;
(F) fairness, including justice and freedom from prejudice;
(G) caring, including kindness, empathy, compassion, consideration, patience, generosity, and charity;
(H) good citizenship, including patriotism, concern for the common good and the community, and respect for authority and the law;

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