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Since 1949, May has been declared Mental Health Awareness Month as a way to reduce stigma associated with those living with mental health issues.  The theme for this year is Fitness #4Mind4Body to remind us to take care of our minds as well as our bodies.
The American School Counselor Association's  position on student mental health is as follows: 
School counselors recognize and respond to the need for mental health and behavioral prevention, early intervention and crisis services that promote psychosocial wellness and development for all students. School counselors are prepared to address barriers and to assess ways to maximize students’ success in schools, communities and their family structure by offering education, prevention, and crisis and short-term intervention until the student is connected with available community resources.(ASCA, 2015)
Below is a list of helpful on-line resources available to help you better understand mental health. Click on hyperlinks for more info:
Hotline Information:
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Adolescent Suicide Hotline: 1-800-621-4000
  • Adolescent Crisis Intervention & Counseling Hotline: 1-800-999-9999
  • CHADD-Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: 1-800-233-4050
  • Drug & Alcohol Treatment Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • Eating Disorders Center: 1-888-236-1188
  • Teen Helpline:  1-800-400-0900
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
  • Panic Disorder Information Hotline: 1-800-64-PANIC (72642)
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As the premiere date for Season 2 of the controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why draws close, I wanted to share with you some resources available to assist you in speaking with your child about situations and mental health issues they may encounter in their lifetime. All titles are hyperlinked for easy access:
Webinars & Videos
Websites and Documents

On April 18, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service at Lackland, Randolph and Ft Sam will celebrate Purple Up Day, a worldwide recognition of the strength and sacrifice of military children, by offering free treats to any child who wears purple to participating Exchange restaurants.


“With frequent moves, parental deployments and an ever-changing peer group, being a military brat can be difficult,” said Exchange GM Marc Floyd. “The resiliency of military children amid such challenges is an inspiration, and the Lackland, Randolph and Ft Sam Exchanges salutes their service on Purple Up Day.”


Any child 18 years old or younger who wears purple is eligible to receive a free treat while supplies last. Treats vary by location and may come in the form of a side, fountain drink, dessert or other item. Offer valid April 18 only. Participating Lackland, Randolph and Ft Sam Exchange restaurants include:


Kids will have a choice of ONE of the following treats from each brand:

  • Taco Bell- Cinnamon Twist
  • Pizza Hut- Slice of Apple Pie
  • Starbucks - Cake Pop
  • Manchu Wok - Egg Roll
  • Charley’s Philly Steaks– Sm Lemonade
  • BK – Ice Cream Cone
  • Subway – 2 Cookies
  • Arby’s – Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Baskin Robbins – Kid’s Cone
  • Dunkin Donuts – 1 Donut
  • Popeye’s – FREE Tender Strip
  • All other Restaurants – FREE Sm or Kid’s size soft drink

Purple Up Day is held annually during Month of the Military Child, which recognizes the contributions of Warfighters’ children to the armed forces community. The color purple symbolizes the combined colors of all military branches: Army green, Navy blue, Marine red, Coast Guard blue and Air Force blue.


Military Kids Fair
JBSA - Lackland will be hosting a Militaru Kids fair on April 14th.  Free for everyone with activities for all ages.  Please see flyer for details
Famaganza 2018
JBSA - Randolph Families are invited out for Famaganza 2018. There will be lots for activities for family members of all ages! See above flyer for details.
Parent to Parent Webinar
Are you and your child battling over the amount of screen time he or she has with electronic devices?  If so, then this webinar is for you!  The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is hosting a FREE webinar on Internet and Screen Safety. Topics will include what research has to say about establishing limits and ideas will be shared in regards to helping  your child develop healthy viewing routines. 
This webinar is specially designed for parents.
Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018  at 12 Noon (Central Time)
To register, click HERE
STAAR prep info
As the time for STAAR quickly approaches, I wanted to share with you some resources available to help you and your student prepare. I want to be sure that you feel confident as you prepare your child(ren) for these assessments. Below is a list of compiled resources to help answer any questions you have as you're getting ready.
Click on the links below for more information.
If you notice that your kiddo is stressed out or exhibiting signs of anxiety relating to STAAR (or otherwise) please let me know so that I can work with him/her individually. 
MCEC Webinar
The Military Child Education Coalition will be sponsoring FREE webinars every Wednesday in the month of March.  Topics and Dates are as follows:
March 7th - Transitions - What Every Parent Needs to Know
March 14th  - Social-Emotional Learning
March 21st - What to Expect When You Are Accepting (OCONUS)
March 28th - Educational Alternatives to 4-Year College
More information for the webinars can be found on the MCEC Website.
Family Advocacy
The JBSA-Randolph Family Advocacy, New Parent Support and Mental Health Outreach Program is offering a variety of Life Skills Classes throughout the year.  January classes will include the following options:
  • Stress and Time Managemennt - March 8, 2018 - 1200-1400hrs
  • Master Your Emotions- Mondays in March 2018 (5th, 12th , 19th & 26th) from 1100-1200 hrs.
  • Effective Communication in Conflict Resolution- Mondays in March 2018 (5th, 12th , 19th & 26th)from 1330-1430 hrs.
  • LINKS- Fridays in March (2nd, 9th , 16th and 23rd) from 1300-1500
For more information or to register, please call 210-652-2448.

Course Selection and Online Registration

It's time to start thinking about the 2018-2019 school year!
Online registration is now available for current 8th graders at RMS. Click the title link above for the parent letter sent home on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 about the registration process.  
The course catalog is available HERE

Since we are beginning a new year and a new semester, I thought it would be a good time to remind you all of the wonderful resource, RMS has available to our students ! The DOD provides all installations with a licensed Master level counselor who are part of The Military and Family Life Counselor program

Our MFLC , Helen Huff, works with me to provide private, confidential non-medical services  to our service members, families, students and staff at Randolph Middle School at no cost.

CYB-MFLC can assist in some of the following ways :

  • Communication
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Self Esteem
  • Bullying
  • Behavior Issues and Management
  • Academics
  • Deployment and Reintegration
  • Sibling/Parental Relationships.

It would be greatly appreciated and of benefit to our students and staff that if you have not completed and returned the MFLC-CYB Consent Form , to please do so.  


If you are unable to download and print off the form available in the links section of this webpage, hard copies are readily available in the middle school office.

If you need to reach Ms. Huff you can contact her via email

Hhuff(   or by phone at 210-439-0454

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The JBSA-Randolph Family Advocacy, New Parent Support and Mental Health Outreach Program is offering a variety of Life Skills Classes throughout the year.  January classes will include the following options:
  • Stress and Time Managemennt - January 11, 2018 - 1200-1400hrs
  • Anger Management - Wednesdays in January 2018 (10th, 17th , 24th & 31st) from 1330-1530 hrs.
  • Effective Communication in Conflict Resolution- Wednesdays in January 2018 (10th, 17th , 24th & 31st) from 1100-1200 hrs.
For more information or to register, please call 210-652-2448.
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Grab your favorite blanket or pillow and join the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston EFMP for a movie!
Monday, December 18, 2017 from 1-3PM
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston will host a sensory friendly Family Movie Day open to all JBSA patrons and families.  After the movie, stick around for discussions about the characters, the lessons they learned and how they can apply to everyday life.
For more information, call 210-221-2705 or 210-221-2418.