7th Grade Counselor
I was raised in Carrollton and have attended CFB for all of my schooling. I attended the University of Texas at Dallas, where I studied Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6 and taught at Good Elementary for seven years. I graduated from Angelo State University with my Master’s Degree in Guidance and School Counseling and became a Vivian Field Viking. I enjoy crafting, spending time with family and friends, and eating Mexican food. I look forward to working with you this school year!
8th Grade Counselor
I was raised in a small town in the Panhandle of Texas where I also attended college at West Texas A&M University. I graduated with my General Studies degree, along with my Lifetime teaching certificate for grades 1-8. Following college I taught reading at the same Middle School I attended as a student while working towards my Master’s in School Counseling. After completing my Master’s degree I moved to Carrollton where I worked as a School Counselor for 20 years at Good Elementary. It feels fantastic to be back at Middle School and an honor to be a Vivian Viking. Sunshine and Mexican Food make me happy. I am also a vicious board and card game player. Row, Row, Row!
- Mental Health Lines & Resources
- Student Request a Meeting
- Wellness Resources
- Community Resources
- Culture & Social Justice
- Study Skills & Resources
- Coping & COVID19
- Communities In Schools
- Scheduling Information - Incoming 6th, 7th, & 8th Graders
- High School Planning
- Resources for Parents
If you need to get in touch with one of your counselor, please contact them directly during school hours (information at the bottom of this page), Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:15pm. Counselors are not available after school hours, during breaks/holidays and over summer.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact one or more of the numbers listed here:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24 hours a day/7 days a week)
English: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Deaf/HOH: Dial 711, then 800-273-8255
CALL: Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline (24 hours/7 days a week)
English/Spanish: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
CALL: YouthLine (877) 968-8491
CALL: LGBTQ Crisis Support (866) 488-7386
TEXT: "HOME" to 741741 (to text with a crisis counselor)
TEXT: "START" to 678678 (for LGBTQ Crisis Support)
Need to See Your Counselor?
Please use the Google Forms:
- Form to see Mrs. Von Strohe 6th Grade
- Form to see Mrs. Sulak 7th Grade
- Form to see Ms. Mason 8th Grade
Appointment sign up is for students only! Parents please email or call for assistance.
Appointments are not intended to be used for emergencies.
Counseling Connections Center Information - Counseling through CFBISD - Asesoramiento a través de CFBISD
CFBISD has established a new Counseling Center to meet the social and emotional needs of all students. Services are available to all CFBISD students and their families. Confidential sessions are offered on a short-term basis with a solution-focused approach.
- Licensed Mental Health Professionals
- Certified School Counselors
- Individual Counseling
- Family Counseling
Tuesday & Thursday evenings
5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 7 p.m.
Center follows district calendar
School based Telebehavioral health brought to you by Children’s HealthSM Virtual Care.
Vivian Field Middle School is proud to partner with Children’s HealthSM to provide convenient access to expert behavioral health care. Many students struggle with stress and emotional situations. If you’ve noticed your child or teenager being impacted, they may feel more comfortable talking to a therapist or counselor virtually. With your permission, your child can video chat with a licensed behavioral health provider – right from school, right from a tablet. You can join the session from work or home, too. It’s a convenient option for expert behavioral health care.
TeleBehavioral services at VFMS will be covered in full for the first 4 sessions. Additional sessions will be billed to your insurance. Services that cost money will only be provided with your written consent. Visit School-Based TeleBehavioral Health for more information or call 844-856-6926.
COVID-19 and Your Mental Health
Worries and anxiety about COVID-19 and its impact can be overwhelming. Social distancing makes it even more challenging. Learn ways to cope during this pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has likely brought many changes to how you live your life, and with it uncertainty, altered daily routines, financial pressures and social isolation. You may worry about getting sick, how long the pandemic will last and what the future will bring. Information overload, rumors and misinformation can make your life feel out of control and make it unclear what to do.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, you may experience stress, anxiety, fear, sadness and loneliness. And mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression, can worsen.
Learn self-care strategies and get the care you need to help you cope.Self-care strategies
Self-care strategies are good for your mental and physical health and can help you take charge of your life. Take care of your body and your mind and connect with others to benefit your mental health.
Take care of your body
Be mindful about your physical health:
Get enough sleep. Go to bed and get up at the same times each day. Stick close to your typical schedule, even if you're staying at home.
Participate in regular physical activity. Regular physical activity and exercise can help reduce anxiety and improve mood. Find an activity that includes movement, such as dance or exercise apps. Get outside in an area that makes it easy to maintain distance from people — as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) or your government — such as a nature trail or your own backyard.
Eat healthy. Choose a well-balanced diet. Avoid loading up on junk food and refined sugar. Limit caffeine as it can aggravate stress and anxiety.
Avoid tobacco, alcohol and drugs. If you smoke tobacco or if you vape, you're already at higher risk of lung disease. Because COVID-19 affects the lungs, your risk increases even more. Using alcohol to try to cope can make matters worse and reduce your coping skills. Avoid taking drugs to cope, unless your doctor prescribed medications for you.
Limit screen time. Turn off electronic devices for some time each day, including 30 minutes before bedtime. Make a conscious effort to spend less time in front of a screen — television, tablet, computer and phone.
Relax and recharge. Set aside time for yourself. Even a few minutes of quiet time can be refreshing and help to quiet your mind and reduce anxiety. Many people benefit from practices such as deep breathing, tai chi, yoga or meditation. Soak in a bubble bath, listen to music, or read or listen to a book — whatever helps you relax. Select a technique that works for you and practice it regularly.
Take care of your mind
Reduce stress triggers:
Keep your regular routine. Maintaining a regular schedule is important to your mental health. In addition to sticking to a regular bedtime routine, keep consistent times for meals, bathing and getting dressed, work or study schedules, and exercise. Also set aside time for activities you enjoy. This predictability can make you feel more in control.
Limit exposure to news media. Constant news about COVID-19 from all types of media can heighten fears about the disease. Limit social media that may expose you to rumors and false information. Also limit reading, hearing or watching other news, but keep up to date on national and local recommendations. Look for reliable sources such as the CDC and WHO.
Stay busy. A distraction can get you away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed anxiety and depression. Enjoy hobbies that you can do at home, identify a new project or clean out that closet you promised you'd get to. Doing something positive to manage anxiety is a healthy coping strategy.
Focus on positive thoughts. Choose to focus on the positive things in your life, instead of dwelling on how bad you feel. Consider starting each day by listing things you are thankful for. Maintain a sense of hope, work to accept changes as they occur and try to keep problems in perspective.
Use your moral compass or spiritual life for support. If you draw strength from a belief system, it can bring you comfort during difficult times.
Set priorities. Don't become overwhelmed by creating a life-changing list of things to achieve while you're home. Set reasonable goals each day and outline steps you can take to reach those goals. Give yourself credit for every step in the right direction, no matter how small. And recognize that some days will be better than others.
Connect with others
Build support and strengthen relationships:
Make connections. If you need to stay at home and distance yourself from others, avoid social isolation. Find time each day to make virtual connections by email, texts, phone, or FaceTime or similar apps. If you're working remotely from home, ask your co-workers how they're doing and share coping tips. Enjoy virtual socializing and talking to those in your home.
Do something for others. Find purpose in helping the people around you. For example, email, text or call to check on your friends, family members and neighbors — especially those who are elderly. If you know someone who can't get out, ask if there's something needed, such as groceries or a prescription picked up, for instance. But be sure to follow CDC, WHO and your government recommendations on social distancing and group meetings.
Support a family member or friend. If a family member or friend needs to be isolated for safety reasons or gets sick and needs to be quarantined at home or in the hospital, come up with ways to stay in contact. This could be through electronic devices or the telephone or by sending a note to brighten the day, for example.
Recognizing what's typical and what's not
Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life. Everyone reacts differently to difficult situations, and it's normal to feel stress and worry during a crisis. But multiple challenges daily, such as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, can push you beyond your ability to cope.
Many people may have mental health concerns, such as symptoms of anxiety and depression during this time. And feelings may change over time.
Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling helpless, sad, angry, irritable, hopeless, anxious or afraid. You may have trouble concentrating on typical tasks, changes in appetite, body aches and pains, or difficulty sleeping or you may struggle to face routine chores.
When these signs and symptoms last for several days in a row, make you miserable and cause problems in your daily life so that you find it hard to carry out normal responsibilities, it's time to ask for help.
Get help when you need it
Hoping mental health problems such as anxiety or depression will go away on their own can lead to worsening symptoms. If you have concerns or if you experience worsening of mental health symptoms, ask for help when you need it, and be upfront about how you're doing. To get help you may want to:
Call or use social media to contact a close friend or loved one — even though it may be hard to talk about your feelings.
Contact a minister, spiritual leader or someone in your faith community.
Contact your employee assistance program, if your employer has one, and get counseling or ask for a referral to a mental health professional.
Call your primary care provider or mental health professional to ask about appointment options to talk about your anxiety or depression and get advice and guidance. Some may provide the option of phone, video or online appointments.
Contact organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for help and guidance.
If you're feeling suicidal or thinking of hurting yourself, seek help. Contact your primary care provider or a mental health professional. Or call a suicide hotline. In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or use its webchat at suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat.
Continue your self-care strategies
You can expect your current strong feelings to fade when the pandemic is over, but stress won't disappear from your life when the health crisis of COVID-19 ends. Continue these self-care practices to take care of your mental health and increase your ability to cope with life's ongoing challenges.
The mission of Communities in Schools of the Dallas Region (CISDR) is to surround our students with a community of support that will empower them to stay in school and achieve in life. We partner with local school districts to provide daily school-based interventions to the students that may be having academic difficulties, truancy, behavioral issues, and/or social service needs. We believe every child benefits from having a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start and a healthy future, a marketable skill to use upon graduation, and a chance to give back to their peers and community.
The CIS Six Component Activities are:
- Supportive Guidance & Counseling
- Health & Human Services
- Parental & Family Engagement
- College & Career Readiness
- Academic Support
Parents and School Staff have the opportunity to refer students to the program. Through the referral process, students are identified as needing CIS services in one or more of the Six Components. The CIS Site Coordinator will provide the student and their family with community resources or direct services that will address their needs.
To recommend an individual or family, or to complete a parent consent form, please go to https://cisdallas.org/forms/ . All forms are available in English and Spanish.
Mireya Zamora – VFMS Site Coordinator – email@example.com
La misión de Comunidades en Escuelas de la Región de Dallas (CISDR) es rodear a nuestros estudiantes con una comunidad de apoyo que los permita permanecer en la escuela y lograr en la vida. Nos asociamos con los distritos escolares locales para proporcionar intervenciones diarias basadas en la escuela a los estudiantes que pueden estar teniendo dificultades académicas, ausentismo, problemas de comportamiento y/o necesidades de servicio social. Creemos que cada niño se beneficia de tener una relación uno-a-uno con un adulto atento, un lugar seguro para aprender y crecer, un comienzo saludable y un futuro saludable, una habilidad comercializable para usar al graduarse, y la oportunidad de devolver a sus compañeros y la comunidad.
Las actividades de seis componentes del CIS son:
1. Orientación y asesoramiento de apoyo
2. Salud y Servicios Humanos
3. Participación de los padres y la familia
4. Preparación para la universidad y la carrera
6. Apoyo académico
7. Los padres y el personal de la escuela tienen la oportunidad de referir a los estudiantes al programa.
A través del proceso de referencia, se identifica a los estudiantes como que necesitan servicios de LA CIS en uno o más de los Seis Componentes. El Coordinador del Sitio de la CEI proporcionará al estudiante y a su familia recursos comunitarios o servicios directos que atenderán sus necesidades. Para recomendar a una persona o familia, o para completar un formulario de consentimiento de los padres, por favor vaya a
https://cisdallas.org/forms/ . Todos los formularios están disponibles en inglés y español.
Mireya Zamora – Coordinadora del Sitio de VFMS – firstname.lastname@example.org
Incoming 6th Grade Scheduling Information
Google Course Selection Form is due Friday, March 5th!
¡El formulario de selección de cursos de Google vence el viernes 5 de marzo!
Incoming 7th Grade & 8th Grade Scheduling Information
Google Course Selection Form Due Friday, March 5th!
¡Formulario de selección de cursos de Google que vence el viernes 5 de marzo!
Course Selection Incoming 7th and 8th Grade Slides – English Version
PGP = Personal Graduation Plan (High School Planning)
2023-24 Dates for 8th grade students
Xello Family Trainings for parents
6:00-6:30pm in English
6:00-6:30pm in Spanish
CTE (Career & Technical Education) Preview Night
1820 Pearl St. Carrollton Building B Texas Room
Information night about the CTE and other programs offered in each of the 5 CFBISD high schools.
High School Presentations
Between 10-30-23 and 11-3-23 High School presentations – Each CFBISD high school will present their programs to all 8th grade students at each middle school during the school day.
CTE Career Cluster Survey
Opens: 11-13-23, Closes: 1-8-24 CTE Career Cluster Survey – Initial Survey for all 8th grade students to indicate their top choice of program for high school.
Information nights about programs of choice offered in high school (HS)
- 1-17-24 at 6 p.m.
ECHS Preview Night
- 1-18-24 at 6 p.m.
RHS Preview Night
- 1-22-24 at 6 p.m.
CHS Preview Night
- 1-23-24 at 6 p.m.
NSHS Preview night
- 1-24-24 at 6 p.m.
RLT HS Preview Night
Opens: 1-8-23, closes 3-1-24
PGP Completion – 8th grade students meet with the counselor to create their personal graduation plan, a 4-year high school plan that includes their selected high school, programs and courses. PGP needs parent approval.
8th Grade Field Trip
8th grade students will tour their selected high school during the school day.