My name is Courtney Thomas.This is my fourth year at East Elementary.
I am originally from Hemphill, Texas, my undergraduate degree is from East Texas Baptist University and my graduate work is from Lamar University. I have worked in Linden-Kildare CISD, Navasota ISD, West Sabine ISD., and Elysian Fields ISD. This is my 22nd year in education.
My husband, Chip, and I have 3 daughters. Presley attends Tyler Jr College, and our twins, Abby and Amy, are in 9th grade at HHS.
I enjoy watching my girls participate in FFA and sports, I love reading, and I enjoy cooking.
My counseling philosophy:
I believe that all students have the right to be served by a comprehensive and developmental counseling program. I believe students need to feel safe, feel respected, and feel important. Student learning should be supplemented by a program that serves them by providing academic, career, and social/personal counseling individually, in small groups, or in the classroom, depending on the need of the student. I will abide by the ASCA School Counseling Code of Ethics.
About my office:
- My goal is to provide a comprehensive school counseling plan that is able to effectively meet the needs of all East Elementary students.
- My office provides short-term individual, group, and classroom counseling and guidance lessons.
- I work with fellow staff members, community resources, and family members in order to encourage high achievement and meet the needs of students both at home and in the classroom.
- Staff or family members may refer students to my office, or students may refer themselves.
- Confidentiality-What students share in my office may only be communicated to someone else if the student is being harmed, if they are harming someone else, or if they are harming themselves.
The mission of the Hallsville East Elementary counseling program is to assist in the the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students in order to help them experience success as students, community members and citizens, and lifelong learners.
You can find out more about comprehensive school counseling programs and the role of counselors at:
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My number is 903-668-5990 ext. 1634. Please call for an appointment.
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Each morning, schoolwide, we explore character traits.
The CORE Essentials program is used as part of our elementary guidance curriculum*.
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*Current classroom lessons in grades K-1 focus on traits of a good friend, reporting vs. tattling and "hands are not for hitting." Grades 2-3 lessons focus on traits of a good friend, anti-bullying, and test anxiety.
*We also offer a "Newcomers Training Camp" which assists students who are new to the district, as well as a Bobcat Leadership Camp (1 day camp offered in the summer) which provides reinforcement and support to students who may have difficulty following school and classroom procedures, rules, and routines.
Resources for Families and Community Members
East Texas Foodbank Backpack Program: This program helps provide easy, nutritious meals to students during weekends and holidays. This program relies on donations from businesses and community members. $160 can feed one student for the entire school year. If you know of a student who could benefit from this program, please contact my office. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit: http://www.easttexasfoodbank.org/Programs/BackPackProgram
Hallsville Community Outreach Center: This resource center can assist famlies with clothing and food needs. To apply for or inquire about services, please contact them at: 903-660-3216. Their hours are 8am-4pm, Monday through Thursday.
Hallsville ISD Volunteer Program: If you would like to volunteer at our school, please contact Angela Mauldin at 903-668-5990, ext. 1444. She is our outreach/volunteer specialist. Guidelines for volunteers may be found at: http://www.hisd.com/community/guidelines-for-volunteering This site also provides information on Coats for Kids, Angel Tree, Dad's club, Pennies from Heaven, and other organizations/programs that support our school and our students.
Protection and Rights for Students with Disabilities: Section 504 and Special Education services are provided by our school. This includes, but its not limited to testing, placement, and individualized related services. To learn more about Section 504 and IDEA, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/504faq.html or contact my office.
Resources for Students
Hallsville Boys and Girls Club: This after school and summer program provides fun activities, homework assistance, and a place to make friends. Their website is: http://www.begreateasttexas.com/hallsville.htm -or- you may contact Bryan Partee, director of the Harrison County Boys and Girls Club, at 903-935-2030
Cool Math: Want to practice your math skills? Cool Math is a great site! Visit: http://www.coolmath-games.com/
Brain Pop: This site has many free games in several subject areas. (You can subscribe to access more games, but it isn't necessary.) Check it out at: https://jr.brainpop.com/
STAAR Resources for Students and Parents/Guardians
This site links you to the Texas Education Agency's information for students and parents webpage. FAQs, sample tests, and contact numbers are provided. Go to: http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/parents/
HISD Graduation Requirements*
If you are looking ahead to your child's future and are wondering about what requirements and courses are currently outlined for students, please go to http://www.hisd.com/docs/Course_Catalog_Final.pdf
*these requirements are subject to change
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES for ACADEMICS, SOCIAL/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, and SPECIAL NEEDS
Marshall-Harrison County Literacy Center
700 W. Houston Street
Marshall, TX 75670
Description: This local agency is a great resource for parents and siblings of our students. It assists adults, 21 years old and older, who need assistance with learning English, help preparing for their GED, or citizenship classes.
Mathnasium Math Learning Center
3080 N. Eastman Rd. #108
Longview, TX 75605
Description: This learning center can evaluate your student (elementary through high school) and develop a personalized math program just for them. In addition to providing math foundation lessons and helping students catch up with their grade-level peers, the center incorporates time to work with students on their homework.
Marshall Public Library
300 S. Alamo Blvd.
Marshall, TX 75672
Description: The Marshall Public Library provides free internet access for homework and offers free literacy programs for youth and adults. Handicap access and resources for visual and hearing impaired persons are also available.
Sylvan Learning Center
913 W. Loop 281, Ste 206
Longview, TX 75604
Description: Sylvan can assess students to determine their strengths and weaknesses. They will create a program that best addresses the student’s academic needs. This program is for both high achieving students and those who are performing below grade level. This center serves elementary aged students through students seeking college preparation for ACT and SAT.
Goodwill Industries of East Texas, Inc.
Marshall, TX 75670
903-938-2550 or 903-593-8438
Description: Local Goodwill stores not only provide jobs, but can connect persons with disabilities, veterans, and ex-offenders with career and counseling services. To qualify, one must meet one or more of these criteria: have a disability and receive DARS assistance, have Medicaid, and live in the East Texas area.
Texas Workforce Commission, Marshall Office
4300 East End Blvd S
Marshall, TX 75672-9976
903-935-5106, or for the hearing impaired 1-800-735-2989, 711
Description:This office assists those in search of employment by helping with job recruiting, matching, and training. Information may be gathered by visiting the website, calling the local office, or making an appointment to visit the office and speak with someone in person.
Texas State Technical College, Career Services
2650 East End Blvd. South, Rm 248
Marshall, TX 75671
Description: TSTC Career Services offers assistance with resumes, job search skills, and even houses a professional clothes closet.
Kilgore College Career Services Center
100 Broadway, Student Services Bldg
Kilgore, TX 75662
Description: This office assists current and former students with job searches, career exploration, and assessment.
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Pines
300 Willow Street
Hallsville, TX 75650
Description: This organization provides many services, including youth development services, based on their vision, which includes teamwork, respect, and leadership. The club serves students from ages 5-18. It provides after school supervision (from 3pm-6pm), as well as summer programs. Various programs and activities from art to cooking to sports to computers are integrated into this supervised club. Tutoring is also provided.
Hallsville Child Development Center
600 W Main
Hallsville, TX 75650
Description: HCDC provides care and teaching to pre-school aged children who will likely attend school in the Hallsville School District. The age range is from infant to intermediate aged students. There is a pre-kindergarten program available and this center does participate in subsidized child care programs.
Longview, TX 75608
903-753-9744 or in crisis call 800-832-1009
Description: The STAR program assists families with counseling and provides services to youth, teens, and adults. They offer programs focused on ADD/ADHD, anger, bullying, eating disorders, depression, abuse, chemical dependency, nutrition, and intellectual disabilities. This program can offer assessments and referrals to outside agencies, should they be required.
4101 University Blvd
Tyler, TX 75701
800-566-0088 or 903-297-1562 (Longview)
Description: The YouthFirst Children’s program is for children aged 5 to 12 and their families. The services include help with anxiety, eating habits, anger management, and suicide prevention. It also offers parenting education, inpatient services, and aftercare.
East Texas Children’s Therapy Services
2834 Bill Owens Parkway
Longview, TX 75604
Description: Offering a wide variety of services, East Texas Children’s Therapy has two offices, one in Tyler and one in Longview. They treat ages 21 down to infants. Areas of specialization are: cerebral palsy, sensory integration disorder, spinal cord and brain injuries, and those with speech/language delays. They offer occupational and physical therapy, and social workers are on staff to assist families.
East Texas Down Syndrome Group
PO Box 6604
209 E. South Street
Longview, TX 75601
Description: The East Texas Down Syndrome Group provides education for parents and families who have a Down Syndrome friend or family member. They provide advocacy, outside resources, social functions, and financial assistance to families in the East Texas area.
(ECI) Early Childhood Intervention
Longview, TX 75608
Description: The ECI program supports children and their families ages birth to three years of age. These children have developmental delays and/or disabilities. The program helps assess children and develop a plan of services for the child. Families should apply for services, regardless of income. The need of the child is the driving force behind these services.
Fire Horse Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center
5669 CR 401
Henderson, TX 75654
Description: This organization requires a fee, but no one is turned down for inability to pay. Treating both children and adults, this farm provides therapeutic riding exercises for those with Down Syndrome, autism, brain injuries, stroke, and hearing and visual impairments. They also provide therapy for persons who have suffered abuse.
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