Guidance & Counseling

The guidance and counseling program of Melissa Schools partners with Melissa ISD staff and the community to provide multifaceted support to students, and to those who serve them, so that they can prosper socially, emotionally, and academically and maximize their current and future potential as community members and difference makers.

Guiding Values

In all interactions and situations, MISD counselors abide by and encourage the district’s core values of honesty, integrity, loyalty, humility and hope.

  • MISD counselors believe that self-respect fosters respect for others so we seek to model and encourage this attitude in all situations.

  • MISD counselors honor each individual’s inherent value; counselors embrace multicultural and diverse perspectives and communicate this positive regard to each student and the families they represent.

  • MISD counselors believe every individual has strengths connected to their struggles. By using student and staff strengths as the paradigm for addressing struggles, counselors cultivate encouragement and perspective.

  • MISD counselors believe that all students can move forward; embracing this growth mindset invites progress and hope.

  • MISD counselors see students as individuals first and learners second; by implementing social emotional learning and prioritizing the whole person, counselors provide more effective academic support.

  • MISD counselors apply a systemic/relational approach in working with students. Counselors believe that fostering healthy relationships with students, staff, and families reciprocally strengthen one another and that these strengthened relational connections improve learning connections as well.

  • MISD counselors actively integrate the latest evidenced-based research and practices into counseling support to provide best practice to our schools and community.

Resources for Parents/Guardians, Teachers & Students

Monthly Character Traits

  • September - Respect

  • October - Self-discipline

  • November - Citizenship

  • December - Empathy/Compassion

  • January - Determination/Perseverance

  • February - Trustworthy

  • March - Responsibility

  • April - Integrity

  • May - Positive Attitudes

Child Abuse & Neglect

What must I do if I suspect abuse or neglect of a child?

  • Every adult in the State of Texas is mandated by law to report suspected child abuse.

  • If you believe the child is in immediate danger, please call local law enforcement or dial 911. Next, call the Texas Abuse Hotline to make a report.

  • If the child is not in immediate danger, contact the Texas Abuse Hotline by phone or online.

  • The Texas Abuse Hotline is open 24/7/365 at 1-800-252-5400. (Report via the online reporting system for non-urgent situations only. A non-urgent situation means that intervention is not needed within 24 hours.)


For further assistance, please contact Christina Stover, Homeless Liaison, at

Child Safety Symposium

Prevention, Awareness, Education

The child safety symposium was part of an ongoing series of events in Melissa ISD designed to promote community awareness and education around the topics of suicide prevention and support, prescription and illicit drug abuse, and internet safety. Presentations were held at Melissa High School. Guest speakers included Charlie Whitaker, from the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas; Joel Dunn, from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency; and Chris Meehan, from the Collin County Sheriff Department of Internet Crimes Against Children. For additional questions about this event, please contact Christina Stover at 972-837-2411 or

House Bill 5 Curriculum & Graduation Information

House Bill 5 passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature and signed by the governor, provides a new set of graduation plans for Texas students entering 9th grade in the 2014-2015 school year. These graduation plans consist of a foundation plan for every student and 5 endorsements from which students may choose, depending on their interests. It also requires that students pass 5 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) end-of-course exams in the following areas: Algebra I, Biology, English I and II, and US History. Additional criteria also requires students to demonstrate proficiency in a number of communication areas.

Texas Graduation Requirements & Texas Education Legislation Information: