DeSoto Central Middle School Counselor's Page
Contact Our Team:
Guidance Fax: (662) 253-0044
Phone: (662) 349-6660
(Left to right) Mrs. Gambill, Mrs. Glenn, Mrs. Bowen, Ms. VanZandt
The mission of the DeSoto Central Middle School counseling department is to deliver a multi‐layered, comprehensive, and accountable school counseling program. In collaboration with school staff, families, and the community – we will ensure equity and access while promoting academic success. We will assist all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become lifelong learners, responsible citizens and productive members of society.
A Dozen Steps To Improving Your Child's Academic Performance
Schedule 1 to 2 hours a night for homework
Study with your child before tests and quizzes
Talk to your child often about his/her progress
Check to see that homework has been completed
Encourage your child to stay after school for additional help
Communicate with teachers via email, Remind, School Status or by phone
Provide incentives to your child when he/she completes assignments
Ensure your child has a quiet place to study and complete homework
Monitor your child's attendance to ensure he/she attends school every day
Provide logical consequences when your child does not complete assignments
* Watch and listen to your children and pay attention to sudden changes in behavior that cause you concern.
* Be willing to seek professional help and guidance if you feel your child is becoming depressed or contemplating hurting him/herself.
Drs. Robin Kowalski, Susan Limber and Patricia Agatston, co-authors of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program’s cyberbullying prevention curricula for grades 3-12, say cyberbullying occurs when children and youth use technology such as text messaging, Internet sites and cell phones to bully others. They suggest some ideas to help protect your child from becoming involved in bullying situations as well as ways to get help.
Keep Tabs on Technology
While placing your home computer(s) in open access areas, such as family rooms or kitchens, can be helpful, it is important to remember that kids can access the Internet from a variety of sources including mobile phones, an iPod touch and handheld gaming devices. Tell your children you may review their online communications if you think there is reason for concern. Consider installing parental control monitoring and/or filtering programs on your computer(s), but don’t rely solely on these tools. Blocking or filtering content works well for younger children. Monitoring and discussion works best for tweens and teens.
Communication is the Key
Talk regularly with your children about online activities, specifically cyberbullying, and encourage your children to tell you immediately if they become the victim of cyberbullying, cyber-stalking, or other illegal or troublesome online behaviors. Encourage your children to tell you if they are aware of others who may be the targeted by such behavior, and make sure your children understand cyberbullying is unacceptable behavior that will have consequences if they take part in it.
Tell your children not to respond if they are cyberbullied but to tell an adult immediately and to save all messages as evidence. Contact the school if you suspect the school district’s Internet system is being used for nefarious purposes; the school is obligated to prevent negative use of its own networks. In any case, you should enlist the school to help you resolve the problem if the children involved attend the same school.
The Rules of the “Superhighway” Can Help
Try to identify the individual doing the bullying. Even if the person is anonymous there are ways to track people down through Internet service providers. Sending inappropriate language may violate the “terms and conditions” of e-mail services and Internet providers, Web sites and cell phone companies. You can contact these companies to get help in blocking the perpetrator or removing offensive content.
Get the Police Involved
Cyberbullying is criminal if it includes threats of violence, extortion, obscene or harassing phone calls or text messages, stalking, hate crimes or child pornography. If any of these are present ,it is time to contact the police and let them track the person down.