Nine Socorro Independent School District schools have won the 2020-21 Lone Star Awards for outstanding counseling programs from the Lone Star State School Counseling Association.
“It is very exciting to have nine of our campuses achieve this accomplishment,” said Tammi Mackeben, SISD director of guidance and counseling. “We always strive to be the best for our students in Team SISD, and I believe this award just shows that our counselors are providing top notch programs for our students to be successful academically, socially and in their careers.”
The prestigious award recognizes counselors for their excellent work in providing the best comprehensive school counseling programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
LSSSCA has three awards levels: bronze, silver and gold. Each level is met with increased levels of precision designed to elevate school counseling programs to national recognition through the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) awards.
Escontrias and Lujan-Chavez elementary schools won the gold award. Sierra Vista, Dr. Sue A. Shook and O’Shea Keleher elementary schools won the silver award. Montwood Middle, Jane A. Hambric School, and Sgt. Jose F. Carrasco and Cactus Trails elementary schools won the bronze award.
“This award makes us counselors realize how much we actually do,” said Yvonne Alvarez, school counselor at Lujan-Chavez Elementary School. “The level of satisfaction for getting recognized is beyond measures, but at the end of the day we do it all for the kids.”
The nine SISD schools to earn the award were among 24 campuses chosen in the state. Dr. Sue A. Shook Elementary School counselor Monica Dominguez said it is rewarding to see many SISD schools on the winners’ list.
“It is a great honor to see all the schools in our district on the statewide map,” Dominguez said. “It shows that school counselors in Team SISD are doing right for kids and we are implementing well-rounded programs for our students.”
The counselors have worked many months on the rigorous Lone Star Award application process. They focus on program goals, mindset, and behaviors for student success and how the counselors deliver direct services to students.
The winners were recognized by LSSSCA in a virtual award ceremony on Nov. 9 with many participants from across the state in attendance.
Four of the SISD award-winning counseling programs also have applied for the RAMP award, the national level of the counseling recognition, which will be announced in January.