Westwood Jr. High School

Welcome to the WJHS Counseling Corner!

Michelle Bass   Michelle Bass

WJHS School Counselor
(903) 723-0423

What does a school counselor do?

Professional school counselors provide services to students, parents, school staff, and the community in the following areas:

• School Guidance Curriculum – This curriculum consists of structured lessons designed to help students achieve the desired competencies and to provide all students with the knowledge and skills appropriate for their developmental level. The school guidance curriculum is delivered throughout the school's overall curriculum and is systematically presented by school counselors in collaboration with other professional educators in K-12 classroom and group activities.

• Responsive Services – Responsive services are preventative and/or intervention activities meeting students’ immediate and future needs. These needs can be necessitated by events and conditions in students’ lives and may require any of the following: individual or group counseling, consultation with parents, teachers and other educators, referrals to other school support services or community resources, peer helping.

• Individual Student Planning - School counselors coordinate ongoing systemic activities designed to help all students plan, monitor and manage their own academic achievement, as well as establish personal goals and future career plans.

• System Support – System support consists of management activities, establishing, maintaining, and enhancing the total school counseling program. These activities include professional development, consultation, collaboration, program management and operations. Professional school counselors are committed to continual personal and professional development and are proactively involved in professional organizations promoting school counseling at the local, state and national levels.

 Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Suicide Prevention


Bullying Definition:
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.



Cyberbullying Definition:
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.
Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

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        Suicide Prevention

The State of Texas has a State Plan for Suicide Prevention. It promotes Awareness.

Texas Youth Hotline:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Report Child Abuse: 1-800-252-5400


Junior high school students will encounter a lot of stress as they work hard to prepare for high school. Hopefully the suggestions below will help your child cope with their stress.

1. Do not try to please everyone. Often students will join athletics, or Pre-AP classes because they wish to please their parents or peers. When students are unable to meet the needs of a higher level class or the expectations of an athletics program it can be very stressful for them. Many students are successful in college without the advanced classes or the athletics. It is important for parent and child to talk so that they can discover the student’s true talents and to “play up” those gifts and interests.

2. Find your Support System. Students need the support of their family and friends to get through stressful times. Be sure to let them know that they can come to you whenever they need to talk and when they do come to you, be sure to really listen. Talking things over with someone who supports and loves you lessens stress. It will also motivate your child to try new things.

3. Try Positive Thinking. Studies have shown that people, who believe things will get better, suffer less stress than those who lack that belief. Help your child to realize that even when things are at their hardest, if he or she keeps a positive outlook, things will get better.

4. Find something enjoyable to do every day. Whether it be playing with a pet or watching a favorite movie, everyone should have something that they look forward to during the day. Help your child discover what helps them to de- stress and allow them the time to engage in that activity.

5. Promote good health. Eating properly, getting enough sleep, and dressing appropriately for the weather are activities that will help your child keep stress at a minimum.

6. Teach proactive habits. Help your child remember assignments, projects, or other activities ahead of time. Students will save themselves a lot of anxiety if they can get things started or completed ahead of schedule. Sometimes students just need an extra push to get things done in advance. You will be helping your child to develop good habits when you help them to plan ahead. 

Michelle Bass

 College and Career Readiness


Whether you choose a four-year university, a community college, or a career college, you’ll have to do some legwork to make your goal a reality. You don’t have to figure it out all alone though. We’ve gathered all the best resources into one handy checklist to help you navigate the process and prepare yourself for college and career. Print a pdf version of the checklist and mark the boxes off as you go to stay organized and make sure that you are on track to meet your college and career goals.

Go to: » Make It Happen » Middle School Prep Checklist

Go to: » Students » Make A Plan » In Middle School

            In Junior High

College seems a million miles away when you're in middle school. But believe it or not, middle school is the midway point to college. Which means it's the perfect time to start planning your college education—even if there's only the slightest chance you want to attend. The choices you make now will make it easier to attend college later. 
The good news is, costs shouldn't keep you from attending college. If you make a step-by-step plan starting now, you can make it happen! Here are a few tips to get you on the right track:

Develop Good Study Habits
It's important to get the hang of studying early, because in college, you're on your own. Get the basics and the right habits under your belt now, and you'll have a much easier time in college classes. Talk to one of your teachers or a counselor if you need help in improving your study habits.

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        Think of 8th Grade as
           Pre-High School

The decisions you make in eighth grade may affect your college applications. Think about it: Right now, you're deciding which courses you'll take in high school, right? Well, your high school courses will go directly onto your college application.   That's why the State of Texas has a Recommended High School Program (RHSP) that shows which courses you should take to be ready for college in Texas. Take a close look at it, and talk with your parents, teachers and counselors. That way, they can help you choose the middle school courses that will prepare you for high school. The RHSP is currently the "default curriculum." That's a fancy way of saying it will automatically be chosen for you unless you get approval from your parents and counselors to choose other courses.
Interested in a community college technical program? Then take a look at the Tech-Prep Articulated Programs along with the Recommended High School Program. Tech-prep programs focus on courses that are required for associate's degree programs and may transfer to state universities.
So be sure you understand high school coursework and develop good study habits. Both will really pay off later.


Trinity Valley Community College is a community college located in Texas. It was established in 1946 as Henderson County Junior College in Athens. It was given its present name in September of 1986. TVCC offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study.

The college now serves more than 6,500 students at campuses in Athens, Palestine, Terrell and Kaufman.

TVCC offers instruction through its four campuses, which are home to several student clubs and organizations. Some of the popular organizations are Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Phi Tau, Wild Card Jazz Ensemble and Marching Band. Its sports teams are known as the Cardinals.


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