The Guidance and Counseling Program in Conroe ISD exists to provide support and guidance to all students as a means to foster academic success, post-secondary/career readiness, and personal/social development. The Guidance and Counseling Program in Conroe ISD (PK-12) is focused on helping our students be successful learners, taking ownership of their futures, identifying the pathways to those futures, and take the steps necessary along the way to reach their goals. The program is also designed to assist those students who may experience academic, social or emotional roadblocks. In elementary and intermediate schools, the focus is on building good citizens, developing resiliency, as well as developing those skills necessary to be successful academically. Students take their first look at future careers and begin to hear about post-secondary opportunities. In junior high, planning for the future takes on new urgency. Counselors work with students, not only to plan their academic pathway to graduation, but to investigate careers, majors, and colleges. Naviance, a web-based career/college exploration and planning system, is introduced to students as they begin their search and start their high school academic planning. Social, emotional priorities and brain health are also addressed. In high school, the focus becomes more specific to future plans, academics, and making sure the student not only has the academic prerequisites for future endeavors, but also has a clear pathway on how to reach his/her goals. Once again, Naviance is a powerful tool in helping students and counselors track progress toward attaining academic, career, and post-secondary goals. Counselors support students by helping to reduce any barriers that prevent them from reaching those goals. They also help students find financial opportunities that are available which enable them access to the education they want and need to fulfill their plans. Resilience and mental health are emphasized throughout their educational years.
School Counseling Curriculum: A comprehensive program that promotes knowledge and skills in three content areas: academic achievement, career development and personal/social growth.
Individual & Small Group Counseling:Ongoing activities designed to help individual and small groups of students to establish personal goals and develop future plans.
Responsive Services: Includes consultation, individual/small group counseling, crisis response, referrals, peer mediation.
System Support: Professional development, collaboration, program management and operation.
Bush School Counseling Programs
Paw-some Awards – Character Program
You Rock Awards
Student Ambassadors – 2nd through 4th Grade
Bobcat Buddy – Mentoring Program
Kelso’s Choice – Conflict Management Curriculum
Why Try? & Resilience Curriculum
Red Ribbon Week – Drug Awareness
Generation Texas Week – Career Awareness
Random Acts of Kindness Week
Junior League HAPPY Snacks & Backpack Program
Community Assistance & Referrals for School Supplies, Clothing, Food & other resources
Bobcats helping Bobcats- Holiday Assistance Program
Every death is unique and will be experienced by your students in different ways.
The grieving process is influenced by a multitude of factors.
1. The nature of the death
2. The interpretation of the death
3. The status of the relationship between the student and the person who died
4. The emotional and developmental stages of students
5. The communities view of the death
6. Support systems available to students (family, church, school, etc.)
Grieving never ends. It is a process and not something people “get over.”
Death from Chronic or Long Illness
Issues often arise concerning one’s own health.
Children may feel relieved that the person died because they are no longer in pain.
Anticipatory grief may be experienced before the death. Grief will also occur after the death.
Anticipation of the death allows friends and family to say goodbye.
Long-term illnesses can be tiring and emotionally draining. Family members may be tearful, lack energy and have difficulty concentrating. Children may feel lonely and neglected since there is a lot of energy directed on caring for the dying person.
Keep communication clear, open and frequent.
Need brief and simple explanations for their short attention span.
School Age to 12 Years of age
Need basic factual information.
Begin to have biological, more rational understanding of death
Concern over death of people they know
Difficulty talking about feelings concerning death
Predominate feelings: Guilt and Anger
Develop facades of joking, unconcerned, etc.
Short attention and tolerance spans in dealing with death
How to Help a Preteen:
Spend time together
Talk about the loss openly
Address concerns of how this disrupts their life
Provide structure and predictability
Be prepared to deal with anger, encourage physical activities