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Welcome to the TMS Counselor’s Page

Morgane Rodiek, Counselor

If you have any questions, please contact me at

mrodiek@tarkingtonisd.net or call 281-592-7737.


 

Important Dates:

February 26th - 8th Graders attend Elective Fair at High School 

February 27th – 8th Graders complete course selection sheets with High School Counselor 

March 6th – 9th Grade course selection sheets from current 8th graders are DUE

March 21st – PSAT8/9 for qualifying students 

April 10th – 7th STAAR Writing & 8th STAAR Math

April 11th – 8th STAAR Reading

May 8th – Algebra 1 EOC

May 14th – 6th & 7th Math STAAR & 8th MathSTAAR Re-Test

May 15th – 6th & 7th Reading STAAR & 8th Reading STAAR Re-Test

May 16th – 8th Science STAAR

May 17th  – 8th Social Studies STAAR


Tips for Parents...How to Help My Child Succeed Free Downloads from Fun in First


Test Taking Tips for Parents

The following tips will provide suggestions for parents on how to approach test taking with their students:

  • Make sure that your child does all their homework and reading assignments, this will help make sure your child is prepared for the test.
  • Encourage your child to space out their studying and homework assignments so that they won't be forced to cram on the night before the test.
  • If you are anxious about your child's test, it's ok but try to keep cool around your child, you don't want them to get anxious about their tests too.
  • Encourage your child to do well but don't pressure him/her. You may stress him/her out. It is important for your child to stay relaxed for the test.
  • Keep a positive attitude about tests.
  • Provide a quiet, well lighted area with little distractions to help your child study efficiently.
  • Mark down test days on your calendar so you and your child are both aware of testing dates.
  • Make sure that your child gets enough sleep on the night before the test.
  • Ensure that your child eats a healthy breakfast and avoid heavy foods that may make him/her groggy and avoid high sugar foods that may make him/her hyper.
  • Make sure that your child gets up early enough so that he/she will be on time to school.
  • Let your child relax for a few hours before bedtime, it can be stressful for a child to study all night.
  • Talking about the test with your child can relieve stress about test taking.
  • If your child is struggling on their tests, talk to them about it and meet with their teacher to find out the best way to help your child.
  • Praise/reward your child when they do well on a test or for their hard work preparing for a test.
  • Encourage them to do better if they don't do well.
  • Review the test with your child after they have taken it and go over any mistakes they have made and make sure that they understand what they did wrong and how they can improve for the next test.

What do school counselors do?

The school counselor’s job includes the following:

  • Counsel individuals and small groups of students to meet identified needs.
  • Deliver the guidance curriculum and assist teachers with the school’s guidance curriculum.
  • Consult with parents, teachers, and other staff regarding concerns about students’ needs.
  • Coordinate people and resources in the schools and in the community for the benefit of students.
  • Participate in planning, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program to serve all students.
  • Provide staff development and training.
  • Know about and adhere to the ethical, legal and professional standards of the counseling profession.

 

You can access additional information about the role of a middle school counselor here:

https://www.schoolcounselor.org/asca/media/asca/Careers-Roles/WhyMiddle.pdf

How Do Students Access the School Counselor?

A student may access a counselor by:

  • Self-referral
  • Teacher referral
  • Parent referral
  • Administrative or other staff referral
  • Referral by friend

 

There is a lock-box outside of the cousnelor’s office where

students may leave a note requesting to see the counselor