Debra Cheiffetz
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French Elementary School Counseling-Promise2Purpose

Welcome Back to School! My name is Debra Cheiffetz and this is my third year at French Elementary. I have been in Klein as a teacher and counselor for 21 years! I have a passion for elementary school counseling and am here to help our our French Racers stay on track.

During the elementary school years, students develop attitudes about school, self, and peers that shape their educational experience. In addition, they learn values and critical skills that  stay with them for a lifetime. Elementary school counseling services contribute to the personal growth, educational development, and emotional well being of our students. French Elementary is a "Nurtured Heart" school and a "Bucket-Filling School.". 

Suggested Parent Reading for Nurtured Heart:
"All Children Flourishing", by Dr, Howard Glasser
"Transforming the Difficult Child," by Dr. Howard Glasser

Suggested Reading for Bucket Filler:
"Have You Filled A Bucket Today?" by Carol McCloud
"Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness," by Carol McCloud
"Will You Fill My Bucket?" by Carol McCloud and Karen Wells
"Bucket Filling from A to Z: The Key to Being Happy," by Carol McCloud and Caryn Butzke
"How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer

Debra Cheiffetz, B.A., M.Ed Elementary School Counselor

Get a Grip on Character
Rock Solid Character has been scheduled for October 27 an 28 during National Red Ribbon Week! Each student must have a signed parent permission slip to climb. Each class will be assigned one 50 minute character lesson/climb over the two day period. Grade levels will be grouped together, but may not climb on the same day. More information to come. Please thank our wonderful PTO for providing us with the opportunity to participate in this very special "No Place for Hate" event.

No Place for HateĀ®
 French Elementary students and staff will work together on various character and friendship projects throughout the school year to ensure the "No Place for Hate" designation for 2016-17. 

The No Place for Hate® initiative provides educators and students with the resources to ensure that anti-bias and diversity education are an integral part of the school curriculum.  No Place for Hate® also helps to create and sustain inclusive school environments where all students feel valued and have the opportunity to succeed by promoting respect for individual difference while challenging bigotry and prejudice.  Launched in schools in 2001, the popular initiative has been embraced by hundreds of campuses throughout the Southwest region, including many in Klein ISD.

French Elementary first opened in 2015-16. Students and staff worked together to earn our very first No Place for Hate® designation. We are proud to display our banner.

Friendship Week-September 19-23
Red Ribbon Week-October 24-28
Rock Solid Character-October 27-28
Paint the Community with Peace-February 13-17
French Racers are Bucket Fillers Forever- Every day is a day to "fill a bucket" with kindness!

GT Information for 2016-17
A student may be referred for GT screening by the classroom teacher and/or parent/guardian during the open referral window that begins on August 29. Students can only be referred in the fall of the current school year.

Students can be tested in Klein ISD once every two years. (Example: If your child was tested in kindergarten, he/she may not be retested until the second grade.)

 A transfer student with a GT placement from out of district will have their qualifications reviewed by the GT specialist. If their  GT criteria meets the KISD criteria, he/she will be placed in a GT class. If the criteria do not match up, transfer students will need to be tested in the fall of 2016.
Their are two phases of testing. The first phase is a verbal/nonverbal test. Students scoring well on the first phase of testing will be given achievement tests in phase two.

Qualifying students are not promoted to a Gifted/Talented class until the following school year with the exception of kindergartners who are promoted in the spring. All Kindergarten teachers are GT certified, so a qualifying student will not be moved into a new classroom.

General information about the Gifted and Talented Program can be located on the Klein ISD Web Page. >Departments>Instruction and Student Services>Curriculum and Instruction>Advanced Academic Services

Look on the left side and click on "Gifted and Talented" to see the KISD mission statement, GT newsletters, Explanation of GT identification process and important dates.