School Counselor
  • Counselor Corner:

    Student Concern Committee (SCC): When a student earns his/her fourth detention or third office referral for behavioral issues, a Student Concern Committee meeting is held. This meeting includes the parent, student, teacher, counselor, and administrator. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss student behavioral concerns and set new goals, expectations, and timelines. At times, an individual student behavior plan will be developed with goals to improve behavior and an alternative plan for disciplinary action if the behavior persists.  

    Detentions: Staff issued detentions are to be served for 30 minutes. Parents will be notified when a student has received a detention and arrangements will be made between the parent, student, and staff member for when the detention will be served.  Due to scheduling conflicts, a detention may be served completely in one sitting (i.e. after or before school) or in partial increments (i.e. 1 before & 1 after school).  It is the parents’ responsibility to make sure transportation arrangements are made for students if the detention is to take place before or after school. If a student fails to serve the assigned detention, the student will serve two detentions. After four detentions, students will be referred to a Student Concern Committee (SCC) meeting to make a plan for success. 

    Bullying Plan:The definition of Bullying is found in the RISD Board Policy.  At Terrace we teach and support positive student behaviors. All students have the right to attend school and feel safe. Appropriate interventions, corrective action, and consequences will be assigned for bullying behavior. Please see the Student and Parent Guidebook and Student Code of Conduct for the flowchart that is used at Terrace.  

    District Code of Conduct: Each student receives access to a copy of the Richardson ISD Student Code of Conduct annually. Parents and students are responsible for reading this information and following the guidelines set forth by the district.

    Communication: Good communication between home and school regarding a child’s education is essential in order for the student to make the most of the opportunities provided.  School communication starts with information documents such as this handbook, progress reports and report cards, Tuesday Folders, and student work for parents to review and sign. Each grade level communicates with parents in different ways, and parents will be informed at Meet the Teacher Night.

    Communication might also include requests for conferences – initiated by the school or the parent – to discuss student progress, to find out more about the curriculum and how the parent can support learning, and to resolve problems.  A parent who wants to schedule a phone or in-person conference with a teacher or counselor should call the teacher for an appointment.  Generally a teacher will be able to meet with parents or return calls during his/her conference period or after school. Teachers will strive to return phone or email communication within 24 hours. Parent conferences are scheduled with each parent during the fall semester. Students and parents may expect teachers to request a conference if a student is not maintaining passing grades or is having difficulty managing the classroom routine.

    Each grade level will have a specific grading system and homework plan that best fits the needs of their students’ learning levels. Your children’s grade level communication plan will be presented at the grade level “Meet the Teacher” night.