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  • General

    Counselor

    Debbi Plemons , M.Ed., NCC, LPC-S

    Morningside Elementary

    972/350-2455

    • Topic 1

      Morningside's Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Program

      Guidance Curriculum is delivered in each classroom to help students develop their full educational potential, including; academic, career, personal and social develpment. Responsive Services are available to students in the form of small group and/or individual counseling when immediate personal concerns or problems put the student's educational, career, personal or social development at risk. Through the Individual Planning system, the counselor can help guide students as they plan, monitor and manage their own educational, career, personal and social development.  The counselor can further support students, teachers, staff, parents and community members through the System Support component.  Some of the programs included in this component are: parent education, PALS, mentoring, PTA, staff development, program development & evaluation. 

      The American School Counselor Association website has a vast array of articles that provide additional information.  Free information is available to parents by clicking on the link below and then again on the parent and public section.

      http://www.schoolcounselor.org

    • Topic 2

      About Mrs. Plemons

           I was born in Seattle, WA but also lived in Oregon, California, New Jersey and Massachusetts before moving to Houston, Texas during high school.  I eventually moved north to the Dallas area and married my wonderful husband, Chris.  Here we have had the privilege of raising our boys, Jason (a 2009 graudate of UT-Austin) and Bryan (a 2009 graduate of UNT Denton).

           After a career in accounting, I realized my true passion was working with children, so I returned to the University of North Texas and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Education) with an emphasis on reading and math.  I then spent 13 years teaching 2nd, 3rd, 5th and Science Lab for Kindergarten through 5th grades here at Morningside Elementary.  After receiving Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas I spent a year as a school counselor in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch School District.  In 2008 I returned to Morningside Elementary as the school counselor.

            

      • Topic 3

        Guidance Lessons

        School is no longer just about reading, writing and arithmetic.  It involves developing the skills to deal with friends and difficult situations.  The counselor can help children learn strategies and skills that facilitate growth in all areas through guidance lessons.  Guidance lessons are scheduled with the classroom teachers and usually last 30-45 minutes.  Some of the topics include:

        Decision Making, Problem Solving, Responsibility, Respect, Trustworthiness, Anti-Bullying, Career Education, Goal Setting, Character Building, Drug Awareness, Healthy Friendships, Good Citizenship, social skills, safe and appropriate use of technology.

        Guidance lessons are taught in the students' classrooms on a rotating basis, each class receives a guidance lesson every other week and in the event they have a special need, extra guidance lessons are provided.

        Throughout the school year, guidance lessons incorporate tenents of the Rachel's Challenge Program (a national anti-bullying program); kindness, compassion, influence, goal setting and acceptance.  In addition, Lewsiville ISD has adopted the Steps to Respect and Second Step curriculum for all elementary grade levels; so students receive instruction on anti-victimization from lessons developed through extensive research with positive, proven results. 

        • Topic 4

          Counseling

          Counseling may be requested by a parent, teacher, principal or student and commences with parental consent.

          Individual:  At times, children's needs can be best served with interventions on an individual basis.  Mrs. Plemons can provide short-term, individual counseling to students.

          If you have discussed a need with the counselor and determined that short-term, individual counseing might be beneficial for your child, please print out, sign and return the Permission for Counseling Form (see blue hyperlink below this box).

          Group:  Sometimes students need additional, professional support in dealing with stressors that may interfere with learning.  Mrs. Plemons facilitates small groups with 4-6 students, of the same age, with similar concerns. 

          Topics include (but are not limited to):  divorce, death, academic struggles, organization, test anxiety, motivation, peer relationships, anger management, self-esteem, building friendships and social skills.

           

        • Topic 5

          Consulting with Staff and Parents

          The counselor collaborates with teachers and other staff members in an effort to evaluate student progress and establish practices that ensure each student's success. In addition, parent consultations can be arranged when necessary by contacting the counselor, Mrs. Plemons.

          Phone:  972/350-2455

          Email:  plemonsd@lisd.net

          Twitter:  @plemonsd

          • Topic 6

            Resources for Parents & Guardians

            Practical Suggestions for Assisting Children in the Aftermath of a Tragedywww.aaets.org/practicalsuggestionschildren.pdf

            Parent Guidelines for Crisis Response:  www.aaets.org/parentguidelines.pdf

            Helpful Information During and After a Traumatic Event:  www.aaets.org/helpful.pdf

            Morningside Elementary's PARENT LIBRARY.  Take a few minutes and browse the titles available for checkout in the library.  There are books, DVDs and CDs so that you can access parenting information in the manner that works best with your schedule. 

            CHOICES FAMILY CENTER:  FREE counseling to all LISD students and their families.  Short-term, solution-focused counseling for individual, group and families.  Confidential counseling services available Monday-Thursday, 5-8 PM.  CHOICES is located at the Lewisville Learning Center, 1601 S. Edmonds Lane, Rm 1116, Lewiville, TX 75067,          phone: 469.948.8680.

            Websites:

            Back to School Resource: To prepare for the transition into the new school year, visit USA.gov's back to school page.  http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Back_to_School.shtml

            FBI's Parents' Guide to Internet Safety: Protect your child from online predators, review the FBI guide at http://origins.usa.gov/external/external.jsp?url=http://www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm

            Netsmartz is a website that your children and you can access, that teaches about internet safety.  www.netsmartz.com

            CyberSafety http://schoolweb.lisd.net/schoolweb3/course/view.php?id=924

            It's My LIfe deals with (you guessed it!) life and the stuff that we deal with every day.  Whatever problem you're dealing with, believe it or not, other kids and teens have gone through the same thing.  http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/index.html

            Love and Logicwww.loveandlogic.com

            National Education Association: www.nea.org/parents

            North Texas Food Bank: www.ntfb.org

            Child Care Assistance:  http://childcaregroup.org/Parents/CCA.html

            Destination Imagination www.tync.texasdi.org

            Forms, articles & other links:

            Rachel's Challenge is Morningside Elementary's Character Education program, encouraging kindness, compassion, acceptance and problem solving in order to faciliate a positive, bully-free environment.  Please read the Letter to parents about Rachel's Challenge, from the 2009/10 school year, to find out more.  There is also an amazing website from which you can get additional information and even order from their on-line store.  www.rachelschallenge.org.  Even Channel 8, WFFA, has joined Rachel's Challenge. Visit their website to fnd out more and submit stories of our children's acts of kindness and compassion http://www.wfaa.com/news/special/rachels-challenge/WFAA-launches--101269834.html

            21 Strategies to help your child build good character

            Books:

            Fingerpainting in Psych Class by Jay Morgan ($3 at Amazon.com)

            Try and Make Me by Dr. Ray Levy

            Anything by Love and Logic

            Positive Discipline by Jane Nelson

            How to Talk So Kids Will Listen by Adele Faber

            Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World by H. Stephen Glenn

              

            • Topic 7

              If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again

              by Diane Loomans

              If I had my child to raise all over again,

              I'd finger-paint more and point the finger less.

              I'd do less correcting and more connecting.

              I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch my eyes.

              I would care to know less and know to care more.

              I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.

              I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.

              I'd run through more fields and gaze at more stars.

              I'd do more hugging and less tugging.

              I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.

              I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.

              I'd teach less about the love of power, and more about the power of love.

               

              • Topic 8

                Upcoming Events

                Parent Education:  LISD Parenting Series are an opportunity to spend time with other parents learning about and sharing successful parenting techniques.  Each series is three sessions and is lead by LISD counselors using "Becoming a Love and Logic Parent" curriculm.  Morningside's school counselor, Debbi Plemons, will be co-facilitating a series in the fall and spring semesters, here on the east side of the district. 

                Spring Series:  Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18 at Hebron High School, 6:00-8:00 PM               

                Please call 469.948.8680 for more information and to register for classes

                Kindergarten Registration:  Was held April 9th & 10th, If you missed this time, please call Morningside's front office to schedule a time to register your child and to talk to them about the items you need to bring with you (469.713.5970)

                Medication Disposal Day:  Lewisville ISD & DEA are sponsoring a MEDICATION DISPOSAL DAY, Saturday, April 27 from 10 AM to 2 PM at The Colony High School.  Bring any expired or unused over-the-counter or prescription medications to the location nearest you.  Below is a complete list of the schools that will have Lewisville personel and Police officers available to collect your old medications.

                • Flower Mound High School, 3411 Peters Colony, Flower Mound
                • Hebron Valley Elementary, 4108 Creek Valley Blvd, Carrollton
                • Lewisville High School, 1098 W Main St, Lewisville
                • Marcus High School, 5707 Morriss Rd, Flower Mound
                • The Colony High School, 4301 Blair Oaks, The Colony

                "Toss it before they use it!"

                • Topic 9

                  C 

                  Resources for Children

                  Netsmartz is a website that teaches about internet safety.  www.netsmartz.com

                  CyberSafety: http://schoolweb.lisd.net/schoolweb3/course/view.php?id=924

                  It's My LIfe deals with (you guessed it!) life and the stuff that we deal with every day.  Whatever problem you're dealing with, believe it or not, other kids and teens have gone through the same thing.  http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/index.html

                  About Face-Children learn how to match feelings to facial expressions http://pbskids.org/arthur/games/aboutface/aboutface.html

                  Problem Solving Skills: Children can practice real life problem solving skils with these interactive games (Parents can help, too!)  http://pbskids.org/cgi-registry/arthur/kiddingquiz.pl?phase=start

                  Out on a Limb is an interactive guide to getting along. http://urbanext.illinois.edu/conflict/index.html

                  Reality Check: a game that helps children learn budgeting and real life expenses.   http://www.cdr.state.tx.us/realitycheck/start.htm

                  Destination Imagination www.tync.texasdi.org