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Carrie Whittington (CMS Counselor)

Counseling Services

Keep Moving!

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. -- Albert Einstein

 

School counselors help all students:
~~ apply academic achievement strategies

~~ manage emotions and apply interpersonal skills
~~ plan for post secondary options (higher education,military, work force)

 

I am so excited to be here for our Wildcats to help them grow in young men and women.   Middle school is for sure one of the craziest times in a student's life as they become more independent and learn who they.  I am here to listen and guide them as needed.

Bicycle Clipart

  • Class of 2026

    Leave Your Mark!!

     

    Upcoming Events:

    First Day of 2021 - 2022 = August 17th

    Meet the Wildcats & Meet the Teacher =

    Remember Summer Workouts going all summer long!

     

     

     

    Recently we completed course selections for the 2021- 2022 school year.  In 8th grade

    Honors options are Math, ELA, History, and Science.   

    Elective options are Band, Art, or Theater OR new options of Principles of Ag or Principles of Human Services.   

    Please review the slides below for more information.   

     

     

    SUPPLY LIST!!! -- I hope you are as excited as I am to pick up supplies. My kids laugh at me because I think School Supply shopping is better than Christmas shopping!

    Course Selection Slides - for 2021-2022 your 8th Grade year!!

    Remind - This is a great tool for communciation between home and school! I use this grade level account to send out school wide announcements and updates. Most teachers also have accounts to send classroom specific updates such as test reminders

    Lone Star Reading List - The Lone Star reading list is developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6, 7, or 8 to explore a variety of current books. CMS students can read and test on 7 books from this year or previous LoneStar lists or any Newberry Award book. to earn a field trip.

  • Kaizen

     

    Upcoming Events:

    First Day of School 2021-2022 = August 17th

    Meet the Teacher & Meet the Wildcats = August ?

    Don't forget summer workouts are all summer long Monday - Friday.

     

     

    SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST!! 7th Grade 2021-2022

    Remind - This is a great tool for communication between home and school. I use this account to send out school wide announcements and updates. Teachers will have accounts also for specific classroom news and updates.

    Lone Star Reading List - The Lone Star reading list is developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6, 7, or 8 to explore a variety of current books. CMS students can read and test on 7 books from this year or previous LoneStar lists or any Newberry Award book. to earn a field trip.

    Course Selection

    Orientation Packet

  • Class of 2028

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    Make the Most of It

     

    Upcoming Events:

    August 5 - Class of 2028 Orientation - 6pm - CMS Cafeteria

    August 16 - Meet the Wildcats

    August 17 - First Day of School!!!   

    SUPPLY LIST!!! I hope you are excited to start your middle school journey, picking school supplies is one of the first steps. I suggest a good sturdy backpack as we don't have lockers on our campus and you will be carrying your backpack all day long. Also keep in mind you will be responsible for making sure you have something to write with all year so you might stock up on extra if you know you are prone to losing them throughout the year. I keep a small storage tote in the top of my kids closet with extra pencils, pens, glue and such. I pick them up in the summer when they are cheap so if they need them in February we just grab from our extras.

    THE ROAD TO MIDDLE SCHOOL -informational flyer about Spring events

    SIGN UP!!! For class news and announcements via Remind

    Bluebonnet Book List - These books have been chosen by Texas Library Association to encourage students in grades 3-6 to read a variety of genres of books. CMS student can read and test over books from this list to earn a field trip in the Spring.

  • Resources for Students & Families

    Supporting Your Family During Covid-19

    This is what depression looks like. Student Handout from the Grant Halliburton Foundation

    TAG - Suicide Prevention Wallet Card

    Tips to Motivate Children to Learn at Home

  • Teens and Technology

  • About Mrs. Whittington

    Family is the most important thing in my life.  My husband, Corey, and I have been married for twenty years and have two amazing kids. Coach Whittington also works here at Callisburg. Our twins, Caden and Callie, are in seventh grade this year.  I am super excited to have them up on our campus with us. They keep us on our toes and we love every minute of it!! We also have a crazy pocket beagle named Dax and this summer we added Cooper, an Aussie/Border Collie mix, to our family. My dream is that one day both of them will be certified therapy dogs and get to visit schools, libraries, and hospitals. Both of my parents taught school and are now retired. I am very blessed to have them living nearby.

      I am a proud graduate of Texas A&M Commerce. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Elementary Math.  I have taught many different things throughout my career including first grade, middle school history, reading, math, computers, and a few elective classes. In May 2016, I graduated with my Master's Degree from Texas A&M University (College Station online), I studied school counseling and am a certified school counselor. 

      When I do get time to myself I love to journal in a Happy Planner, play mindless games on my phone, scrapbook and play games with family!  I believe there are so many benefits in journaling and love keeping my planner as both a forecast for what is coming up and a reflection tool for what I accomplished. I make sure I note my goal for the week and keep track of a few important items each week. And I'll admit I may be as addicted to my phone as many teens. I can put it down when needed, but I love to just play games while watching TV or riding in the car also. As far as scrapbooking I honestly don't get to do it as often as I want to, but t is so fun to document all the fun things we do and then go back to look at them year after year. I am trying to get back in the habit of exercising.  I have been riding my bicycle and running. I'm not fast and don't go too far, but I love the open road, just me and my music. My other favorite past time is to watch sports. I am a true nerd and klutz myself, but LOVE to watch sports of all kinds.  I am at as many of the high school and middle school football, volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball, etc games that I can make. My favorite sport really is softball / baseball and of course my team is the Texas Rangers. My love for the team goes way back to the 1980's when I first really remember curling up in my PaPa's lap to watch the games.

    One really weird thing about me is that I have a give-up day. It all started as a "bet" with my teaching partner Coach Hutson.  At the time I was a Dr. Pepper nut and was cranky when I didn't have my soda. He bet me I couldn't make it a day without one. The day turned into a week, the week a month, and now it's been over 4 years since I have had soda (and I don't think I'm cranky every day).   It has also turned into on April 11th each year I give up a food that is not the healthiest for me. In 2017 I gave up soda, 2018 was donuts, 2019 was french fries, 2020 is candy (which I failed at, but did greatly reduce the amount of candy I eat), 2021 is ice cream. I am not really looking forward to ice cream being gone completely so maybe I'll just limit it to one treat a month. But it proves to myself that I can achieve anything I put my mind to and works to keep me healthier.  I also love that when I focus on one day or thing at a time I can do it, but if I were to have tried to tackle all these at one time I would have never been able to succeed.  I was recently asked how long I am going to continue this or if I will start drinking soda or eating fries after the year is up. I honestly don't have the best answer for that. I guess I'll just have to see how it goes. I will admit I have gotten a little lax on avoiding french fries. I allow myself a fry or two from the kid's order and have waffle fries from Chic-Fil-A about once every other month. But I have held out pretty close NO soda or donuts! I have to admit I have cheated a very few times through all the stress of back to school after our closure last year. But overall I am very proud of myself!

        My "BEST POSSIBLE DAY EVER" would include a nice morning walk, then family time watching the Rangers play a baseball game, sipping on a big glass of Lemonade from Chick-fil-A and munching on Pepper Jack Cheez-Its while doodling in my planner.

     

    A Few of My Favorites:

    Snack: Fruit and Pepper Jack Cheez-Its and fruity gummy candies like Starburst gummies or Life Saver gummies

    Drink: Ice Cold Water with lemon,Chick-fil-A Lemonade, (I gave up soda on 4-11-17!! And this is really a big deal for me because I LOVED Dr. Pepper!!) 

    Color: This is a hard one... I love MAROON, but also really like girly colors like turquoise, pink, purple, and lime green

    Animal: Turtle

    Flower: Daisy

    Restaurant: Any & All...  No cooking and cleaning its a busy mom's dream :) 

    If I had to pick one probably Chick-fil-A, Olive Garden, or Mooyah

    Sport: Baseball / Softball

    Team: Texas Rangers

    College: Texas A&M  - Gig'em Aggies!

    Collection: Crosses and Lego Minifigures

    Music: Contemporary Christian

    What makes me weird:  I really don't like Chocolate or Coffee which is pretty strange for most grownups!

    VIRTUAL MEET THE TEACHER

     

    This year CMS is hosting a virtual meet the teacher.  You may watch my Meet Mrs. Whittington video to learn a little more about my role here at CMS and a little about me.  

     

    Meet Mrs. Whittington Video  -- Click this link to watch my video