Counselor Chronicle

In an effort to keep parents informed about what is going on in the counseling realm, we have decided to start a recurring post to the newsletter which will also be posted to the website.  We hope to update it at least every few weeks with information that we hope you will find valuable. Here’s the latest as of January 24, 2017.

From Courtney Cardosa and Sandy Cumming, Counselors


Family and School Support Team

AISD has a great support program called Family and School Support Team(FASST). They provide assistance, information, training and resources to families with in the Austin School District. They offer training on Special Education topics and also provide information to all parents and staff.

Positive Parenting:  An ADHD Coaching Series at Pillow Elementary (Cafeteria)

Time:  8-9:30 a.m.

Dates:  January 27, February 17, April 25

Expert Speakers for Each Session, Spanish Interpreter Provided, Light Refreshments

LINK TO FLYER  | Registration LINK

Marcia Balois, Pillow Parent Support Specialist at 512-841-4641 or

January 24
VELA Autism 7-week Course for Caregivers
Registration by phone: 512-850-8281

January 25
Autism Society Support Meeting
Central Market 4001 N. Lamar 10-12 p.m.
January 27, Feb. 17, April 25
ADHD Coaching Series on Positive Parenting
Pillow Elementary-8-9:30 a.m.
February 3, 10, 17, 24
Special Education 101 for PPCD Parents
Lucy Read Pre-Kindergarten Demonstration, 2608 Rick Creek
8-10 a.m  Registration

Important Upcoming Dates for Incoming Murchison Middle School 2017-2018 6th Graders:

January 21 from 9 am – 4 pm and Thursday, January 26 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm in the MMS Cafeteria-Instrument Test Drive for MMS Band.

January 27 – Summit Elementary Choice Sheet Presentation to students (8:15). The Murchison Middle School counselor and assistant principal for next year’s 6th grade class will be coming at 8:15 Friday morning to hand out choice sheets, talk to students about choices, and answer questions that they have.  There will be a choice sheet night for parents to meet teachers and ask questions on February 6.  Please do be looking out for the choice sheet to come home Friday or early next week so that you can begin talking with your student about their choices for next year.  The completed choice sheets will be due back to their homeroom teachers by February 27.

February 6 – 6th Grade Advanced Math Placement information to be held in the Murchison Band Hall immediately ahead of the Choice Sheet/Parent Night. 5:30-6pm

February 6 – Choice Sheet/Parent Night at MMS; flyers are being prepared for your campus notification; see our website for details. (The date was changed recently!)

February 6 – 10 – Shadowing days are during the week of Feb. 6 for four days (see our website); these are solely for students whose parents are struggling to make the decision between their home campus (MMS) and magnet. charter, or private schools.

February 26 – All choice sheets are due.  Paper copy must be signed by the parent and be turned in to the 5th grade homeroom teacher.

March 1 – March 10 – 5th grade students enter their own course requests in Scheduling Self-Serve at elementary campuses.  Summitt will be looking for parent volunteers to assist with this.  More information to come.

March 20 – Aug. 1 – Any changes to choice sheets can only be made through Murchison Middle School’s Counseling Office or through the MMS Main Office.

Magnet School Information

Important Information about application deadlines for all of the Middle School Magnet and Academy programs (Download PDF).

Fulmore Magnet School deadlines
Fulmore Magnet Application and testing deadlines:

  • Application deadline: The application deadline is February 3rd at 4:30 p.m. Families can still apply through the AISD Parent Cloud or turn in hard copies of the application to the Fulmore Magnet Office. 

  • Admissions testing in January (Families do not need to pre-register unless their student needs a 504 or Special Education accommodation). All testing will be located in the Fulmore Cafeteria.

  • Session 2: January 21st: 8:00-10:00 a.m. (Last Names A-L) or 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Last Names M-Z)
  • Session 3: January 28st: 8:00-10:00 a.m. (Last Names A-L) or 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Last Names M-Z)

Middle School Presentations Were Held Fall 2016Murchison Middle School will make a presentation to the fifth graders at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday October 25, 2016. The directors of the Fulmore Middle School and Kealing Middle School magnet programs and the principal of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders will be making presentations from 9-10 am for 5th grade students. Parents are invited to join us in the 5th grade commons area to hear these presentations if they desire to do so.

Social Emotional Learning

We are in need of many (about 150-200) Voss water bottles. If anyone uses this bottled water product, we would love your empty bottles as soon as possible. We know you can purchase this product at HEB or Walgreens. We think they might be on sale at HEB now. We will place an empty box in the Great Hall (under the Watch Dog calendar). We appreciate your help and support. (Summitt participates in a program called Social/Emotional Learning, and we want to make something special for each teacher to place in his/her classroom. We will be using the bottles to help the teachers enrich their “peace corner”.)

Support Groups for Children Dealing with Grief & Loss

My Healing Place (8401 Shoal Creek Blvd. —512-472-7878) is offering group support for children who have experienced the death of a loved one. This group is for children who are ages 5-9 and meets on the first and third Mondays in the evening.

There is also a group for children of divorce which meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Please call My Healing Place for details.