Counseling

Welcome to the online portal for the Guidance and Counseling Center.

To contact your counselor, find their info in the 'Meet the Counselor' tab or visit them in the Counseling Center.


Alice Ellenburg

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Ximena Morales

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Mona Daley

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Rachel Mitchell

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Samantha Culbertson

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Sara Hayes

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Travis Trayler

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Cindy Monogue

Calee Follins

Calee Follins

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Carrie Doyle

Bryttni Wolfe

Bryttni Wolfe

  • Intervention Specialist
  • (A-K)
  • RtI & 504 Coordinator
  • ACT & SAT Special Testing
  • (469) 302-3833
  • bwolfe@mckinneyisd.net
  • Room J105
Carlynn Gardner

Carlynn Gardner

  • Intervention Specialist
  • (L-Z)
  • RtI & 504 Coordinator
  • ACT & SAT Special Testing
  • (469) 302-3705
  • cgardner@mckinneyisd.net
  • Room J104
Michelle Young

Michelle Young

Course Registration Information

MISD Program Applications
https://tinyurl.com/misdapps

MISD Course Planning Information
https://tinyurl.com/apgcourse

Dual Credit Information
https://tinyurl.com/22-23BoydDC

Course Registration Cards
https://tinyurl.com/22-23registrationinfo

Click here to access all 22-23 MBHS course registration information.

Communities in Schools (CIS)

Monica Miller

Monica Miller

The mission of Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region is to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The Communities in Schools site coordinator at McKinney Boyd High School is Monica Miller.

Prevention and intervention

At McKinney Boyd High School, we are committed to fostering our students by maintaining a healthy learning environment. This includes the prevention and intervention of bullying, suicide, violence, and abuse. Learn more about what counselors do to resolve these issues.

IMPACT counseling

In the event of a crisis, please learn more about our IMPACT counselors and how we respond to your crises by visiting the 'Crisis Response' tab.

Bullying

It is never okay to be bullied anywhere. We want our students to feel safe and included. We have many ways of both preventing and intervening in bullying situations.

  • Students may report bullying by telling any trusted adult, especially their parents and their teachers. Our teachers are required to report instances of bullying.
  • Students and/or parents may visit with a counselor to seek comfort and resolution to their bullying.
  • If students' lives are in danger, they may submit a tip411 tip. The McKinney Police Department will then take appropriate steps to ensure safety.

Students are taught from elementary school to avoid bullying. Unfortunately, not everybody follows these rules in high school. Our district-required health courses will cover how:

  • bullying hurts others
  • to stop bullying if you are the one being bullied
  • to stop bullying if you are a bystander (remember, there is always the anonymous tip411 system)
  • to make thoughtful actions that prevent bullying

Cyberbullying, or bullying through the internet, is neither tolerated nor any lesser than in-person bullying; in fact, cyberbullying is usually stronger and more relentless. If you are a victim of cyberbullying, please talk to our counselors.

Signs of bullying

When these three criteria are met ("RIP"), bullying is occuring.

  • Repetitive — One isolated incident may not be considered bullying, but continual repetition of harmful actions constitute bullying.
  • Intentional — Accidental incidents usually are not emotionally harmful; contrastingly, intentional and purposeful actions that harm others are considered bullying.
  • Over-Powering — A bully will have more power than the victim and will use this power to their advantage. They do this in order to marginalize and dismiss the victim, resulting in bullying.

Suicide

If you need someone to talk to or feel like you want to commit suicide, there is help.

Call 1 (800) 273-TALK immediately. This line is available 24/7!

We always want our students to feel that they belong and that they are important. If you feel suicidal and/or are severely depressed and/or need to talk with someone, our counselors are there for you.

As most teen suicides are caused by depression, to help prevent suicide, look for signs of depression that others may be exhibiting.

Signs

Verbal cues

Both direct and indirect messages may represent suicidal thought. Direct messages include statements such as "I am going to commit suicide," or "I don't want to live anymore." Indirect messages include statements such as "Life isn't worth living," "I want to go to sleep and never wake up," "Soon it won't matter anymore," and "Do you think suicide is wrong?" Although indirect messages may seem more subtle, they should be treated as seriously as direct messages.

Behavioral cues

Each of the following behaviors by itself may not signal suicidal thinking or depression, but if several are present in conjunction, there could be cause for serious concern.

  • Depression, moodiness, sadness, or lack of energy
  • Talking directly or indirectly about dying or committing suicide
  • Concerning posts on social media
  • Changes in sleeping habits (too much, too little)
  • Changes in eating habits (sudden weight gain, weight loss)
  • Discouragement about the future, self-criticism
  • Recent lack of concern about physical appearance, hygiene
  • Withdrawal from social contacts or communication difficulty
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Drop in school grades or work performance
  • Making final arrangements, writing a will
  • Taking unusual risks
  • Increased drug or alcohol use
  • Preoccupation with death through poetry and/or artwork
  • Previous suicide attempts
Situational cues

The following events frequently lead to crisis. For some people, internal and external resources are present in sufficient amounts to cope. For others, intense feelings coupled with a lack of external resources result in serious emotional crisis.

  • End of a serious relationship
  • Death of a loved one
  • Divorce
  • Loss of a job
  • Financial difficulties
  • Moving to a new location
  • Isolation

Resources

Teen Dating Warning Signs

If at any time your date begins to do any of the following: make threats to you, talks to or texts you through phone or social media nonstop, puts you down, frequently has mood swings, yells or screams or humiliates you, threatens or coercively forces you to do something for them, or pressures you pressures you in any way, then you may be in an unhealthy relationship.

Abuse

If you are being abused at home or know somebody who is being abused:

  • If a child is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police first.
  • Then call the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1 (800) 252-5400 to make a report. The Texas Abuse Hotline is open 24/7/365. (Report via the online reporting system using this link for non-urgent situations only. A non-urgent situation means that intervention is not needed within 24 hours.)

Academic Planning Guide

The Academic Planning Guides (APG) linked below assist McKinney ISD secondary students in making course selections and planning their academic futures. We encourage students and parents to read these guides carefully.

https://www.mckinneyisd.net/secondary-student-support/academic-planning-guides/

Advanced Placement

Note: This page is for prospective students of Advanced Placement courses.
Current students: If you're looking for AP exam information, please visit the 'AP Exam Info' tab.

The College Board, the organization that administers the college admissions SAT test, also offers college-level courses in high school under the Advanced Placement program. At McKinney Boyd High School, we currently offer most AP courses that the College Board has, including English Language and Composition; Calculus AB and BC; Spanish Language and Culture; United States History; Physics 1, 2, and C; and many more.

We recommend that students choose to take AP courses if they wish to further their education early, gain valuable college-level academic skills, earn college credit and save thousands of dollars in college, or earn a higher weighted grade-point average. AP courses are weighed on a 6.0 GPA scale.

Please visit APstudents.org to learn more about the Advanced Placement program from the College Board. You are welcome to consult with a counselor if you are curious as to whether you should take an AP course or not. While counselors are able to modify your schedule, please note that changes are not possible year-round, and may be made only before a course begins or during specified drop periods that will be announced.

As a student of McKinney ISD, you are required to take the corresponding AP exam if you take a certain AP course. There are no exceptions. This is outlined in your AP Agreement that you signed. If you are taking AP exams as part of your course, you need to pay $42.50 for your exam.

College and career planning

Our counselors are able to help you with making decisions about college and career planning.

College advising

Cindy Monogue

Cindy Monogue

Mrs. Cindy Monogue is our MEF Coordinator and College Advisor. She will be able to assist you in your search for and application into the perfect university as well as scholarships and financial aid.

Calee Follins

Calee Follins

Calee Follins is Boyd's Collin College Advisor.

Letters of recommendation

You are able to request letters of recommendation from your teachers and counselors. Try to ask for a letter from a teacher who you think will give colleges the best and truest impression of yourself.

Counselors and teachers are happy to write the very best letter of recommendation we can for any senior whose college requests one, after the student completes the following steps:

  • Log in to McKinney ISD's Single Sign On
  • Click launch on the Naviance thumnail (look for a teal colored icon)
  • Go to the "document library" located on the right-hand side and then select "Counselor Recommendation Packet".
  • VIEW and PRINT the Counselor Recommendation Packet for Seniors (4 pages). Student and parent need to complete the packet, then turn into the counseling office.
  • VIEW and PRINT 3 copies of the Teacher Recommendation for Seniors Packet, then complete the top portion of each. Student will ask three teachers (from any year of high school) to complete a recommendation sheet. Teachers will return the confidential evaluation forms to the counselor's mailbox.
  • Counselor may want to schedule a conference with the senior to elaborate on positive qualities/experiences before writing the letter of recommendation.
  • Allow two to three weeks after this process is complete for the counselor to submit the letter of recommendation.

College Night

Every year, McKinney ISD hosts a college night where over 100 colleges will provide information for prospective students at one of the three high school campuses. We highly recommend that you attend this event, as it will boost your knowledge of many colleges, including ones you may have never heard of before! In addition, your chances of being admitted into your desired college increase. This is a perfect opportunity to understand more about which colleges fit you and to give your college a good impression of who you are.

This event is typically held every fall semester.

Resources

There are many great resources available for you to use both online and in person. Below are a few of our options.

  • The College Board offers a variety of college entrance tools and examinations for you. SAT is one of two tests you may take that colleges will need for admission. AP courses are classes you may take at Boyd to obtain college credit for when you enter college. Big Future is a great resource that gives you birds-eye views of colleges in which you may be interested. My Road is a great career preparation tool to use.
  • The ACT is one of two tests you may take that colleges will need for admissions.
  • Naviance is a planning tool you will want to use for college admissions and preparation. It is also where our counselors post helpful resources.
  • McKinney ISD will offer SAT and ACT practice exams as well as seminars that will help you gain an upper hand on the exam. Stay tuned to McKinney ISD's website for these tests and sessions!

Learn more about McKinney ISD's graduate profile to take a look at what our graduates can do.

Dual Credit

Please visit our Dual credit page for more information.

Crisis Response

Travis Trayler

Travis Trayler, MS., LPC

Our counselors are here for you in crises involving your family, friends, or other cared ones.

Our IMPACT counselors is Travis Trayler. If you'd like to speak with him please use the contact info above or visit our counseling center. We're always here for you!

Additionally, view our resources below for more information.

What constitutes a crisis?

Whenever you aren't feeling like yourself or just feel like you need to talk with someone, our counselors are there for you.

The following are common crises that our counselors are trained to deal with and will help you with:

  • Bullying
  • Suicide
  • Abuse
  • Mental health concerns

For more information on crisis prevention and intervention, please visit the 'Prevention and Intervention' tab.

Graduation plans

Due to the enormous combinations of courses, this table lists the recommendations of McKinney ISD. Always check the Academic Planning Guide (linked in the page navigation menu) for the latest and most complete information.

Please peruse pages 11-12 of the Academic Planning Guide for a detailed chart of credits required to graduate under House Bill 5.

Subject area Foundation HS Program + Endorsement Distinguished Level of Achievement (MISD recommendation)
English 4.0 credits: English I, II, III, and IV
Math 4.0 credits: Algebra I, Geometry, and two higher level math classes 4.0 credits: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and a higher level math class
Science 4.0 credits: MISD recommends Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (includes Pre-AP and AP courses)
Social Studies 4.0 credits: 1.0 credit World Geography or AP Human Geography, 1.0 credit World History, 1.0 credit US History, 0.5 credit US Government, 0.5 credit Economics.
Fine Arts 1.0 credit
Health 0.5 credit Health or 1.0 credit Principle of Health Sciences
Speech 0.5 credit Professional Communications or 1.0 credit ISM (Interdisciplinary Studies/Mentoring Seminar)
Foreign Language (Language other than English/LOTE) 2.0 credits in a foreign language (Computer science is NOT an option)
Physical Education 1.0 credit
Electives 5.0 credits: May include CTE or certification courses.
TOTAL 26 credits or more needed to graduate

Please note that computer science/programming is NO LONGER considered a foreign language/LOTE credit!

Parent education

McKinney ISD provides many opportunities for parents to understand the ins and outs of high school. Please visit the MISD P.O.W.E.R. Parenting page to see how MISD seeks to collaborate with and support parents in their important role. The P.O.W.E.R. Parenting series is designed to serve parents with children of all ages. Join district leaders to explore strategies to effectively communicate, understand developmental issues, provide positive discipline, and relate to your child in a more affirming manner.

Transcript requests

Official Transcript Request Form


Rising Seniors

Beginning in mid-July, please request transcripts to be sent to the colleges and/or universities to which you are applying through Naviance.

Be sure to send your SAT, AP, and ACT test scores through the College Board or ACT.

If you are attending a college visit, you may want to carry a transcript with you. These are available in your HAC account.

Updated GPA and Ranking

Rank and GPA will be available through your Naviance account. Please check under "My Profile" for this information.

  • Rising Seniors: Available mid-July
  • Underclassmen: Available late-July

Homeless resources

Just because you're homeless doesn't mean you can't get an education.

Per the McKinney–Vento Act of 1987, homeless minors are entitled and required to register for school. The Texas Education Agency details this on their website. (The following quotes are taken from the TEA website.)

If you are homeless and you wish to enroll in school, please contact the school immediately by calling (469) 302-3400. The school is prohibited from requiring paperwork or any immunization history for students to enroll. That means homeless minors are able to enroll into school immediately.

Students who are experiencing homelessness are to be enrolled immediately. Districts cannot require students experiencing homelessness to provide proof of residency, immunizations, birth certificates guardianship documents, or any other sort of required paperwork before enrolling. Requiring missing paperwork or any other delay to enrollment is a violation of the McKinney-Vento Act.

You can enroll in the school you went to before you became homeless, or the school closest to you currently. Per the TEA website:

Students who are experiencing homelessness have the right to attend school in their school of origin or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing. School of origin is defined as the school in which the child/youth was enrolled when they became homeless, or the school in which the child/youth was last enrolled. The campus a child attends is determined by which campus can serve the best interests of the child. In Texas a student experiencing homelessness may enroll in any district they choose, regardless of the location of their residence, school of origin or attendance zone campus.

And just because you can't afford school supplies or a lunch doesn't mean you shouldn't go to school. Homeless students are eligible for Title-I benefits. That means you can get things like school supplies, clothes, immunizations, tutoring, extra classes, etc., for free.

Students experiencing homelessness who are not on a Title-I campus are eligible to receive Title-I services. These services are provided at the discretion of the LEA through existing Title-I programs or through the use of Title-I, Part A set-aside funds for students who are not on Title-I campuses. Students on Title-I campuses may receive additional supplemental services to the services being provided on their campus through the Title-I, Part A set-asides as well. Services may include: personal school supplies, items of clothing that are necessary to meet a school’s dress requirement, immunizations, supplemental counseling services, tutoring, costs associated with credit recovery, or other similar activities to address a child’s opportunity for school success.

More information is available at the Texas Homeless Education Office (THEO) or you can contact McKinney ISD's Vento Counselor, Robert Gupton, by calling (469) 302-6029 or emailing rgupton@mckinneyisd.net.

Course selection

When does course selection begin?

Typically, course selection for the next year begins in February. Your course selections are confirmed in May. You may change your course selections before then, but you may not change course selections after the last day of school.

Can I change my courses in the summer or when school starts?

If you are missing a core class or credits needed to graduate, then yes. Otherwise, no. Dropping an advanced or AP course will need to be done between the 15th and 20th day of school.

Where can I find the courses that I can take?

See the academic planning guide (linked in the page side naviagion menu) for details.

I don't know which course I should take.

There are several things you can do to make the right choice.

  • Talk with the teacher that teaches it. Tell them about your situation and your goals. They will be able to gauge their course's difficulty for you. See the faculty directory or ask a counselor if you don't know who teaches what.
  • Think about your goals and apply them to the APG. Want to be a nurse? Look under the health sciences seciton of the APG. The same principle applies to any elective course. Don't forget to take Health and Communications classes to graduate. Ensure you have one Fine Arts credit, one PE credit, and two foreign language credits. Want to learn more about advanced and AP classes? See the following question/answer.
  • Take courses that your future career or college will need. If you're becoming an engineer, taking AP Calculus will help you more than taking AP Statistics. Choose the right course and learn for your future.
  • Select courses that raise your class rank. Texas public colleges will grant automatic admission based on their class rank cutoffs. Many colleges automaticaly accept top 10% or higher. Visit the College For All Texans website for more information.

Academic/Core, Advanced, or AP?

Finding the right academic difficulty can be difficult. The difficulty of classes will affect your weighted GPA and therefore your class rank.

AP classes are a double-edged sword. On one hand, they are very good for your GPA and class rank if your grades are high and you do well in them. But if your grades are below 80 in an AP class, you no longer have a GPA benefit. Below 70, you are failing your class, even if the same level of knowledge and difficulty would get you a passing grade in an Advanced or Academic/Core class. This is extremely dangerous, because failing any class means you will need to take it again to gain the credit for it. Some credits are REQUIRED to graduate.

While selecting AP classes without regards to their difficulty will hurt you, it is also important to realize that if you feel a class is too easy and you have no room for improvement, or if you think you need to challenge yourself more, taking an AP class is a good step towards that.

Remember that if an AP class isn't working out for you, you can drop out of AP classes between the 15th and 20th day of school, at the end of the first quarter, and at the end of the semester. Also remember to try as much as you can. It is possible to struggle with an AP course at first but then get high grades at the end. There is an "adaptation" process to each course.

Of course, at the end of the day, learning is the most important thing. Choosing the right class for your feature is also strategically important.

For more information concerning AP courses, see the 'Advanced Placement' tab. The beginning of the Academic Planning Guide also has pertinent information relating to AP vs. Advanced vs. Academic courses.

How can my school counselor help me?

Your school counselor is trained to help you with academic planning, college and career planning, as well as your personal well-being. Your school counselor cares about you and wants to help you reach your goals! We enjoy our time in guiding our students and take great responsibility in helping you achieve your post-secondary goals!

We are excellent listeners as well! We can support you through the challenges of being a teenager! We are trained in short-term individual counseling, group counseling, and crisis-intervention counseling.

The counseling center also hosts two amazing resources available to you, our MEF College & Scholarship Advisor, Mrs. Monogue, and Mrs. Follins, our Collin College Counselor. We look forward to helping you!

How can I speak to counselors?

Counselors are avaialbe to speak with you in person, via email, or by the phone during school hours. If you are someone you know is harm’s way, please call 9-1-1.

Do I need to make an appointment?

You're more than welcome to do so beforehand, but it's not required. Counselors have an open-door policy.

Will I be marked absent from class if I see my counselor?

You will sign in to the counseling center and sign out of the counseling center, and your attendance will be coded accordingly.

AP exam information

Note: This page is for current students that are taking AP exams.
Prospective students: If you're looking for information about the Advanced Placement program, please visit the 'Advanced Placement' tab.

AP exams generally cost $42.50 each for enrolled students. If you are not enrolled in the class for the AP exam, that exam will be $94. Please note - A late fee of $40 will be applied if not paid before November 15th.

AP classes are not offered for the following exams:

  • Comparative Government and Politics
  • Microeconomics
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Japanese Language and Culture
  • Italian Language and Culture
  • Seminar
  • Computer Science Principles

These exams, except for Seminar and Computer Science Principles, are still available to take just like any other and cost $94 each. Please make a special request to Mrs. Bolsinger.

AP exams can be paid for at Mrs. Bolsinger's office in J203. If you are ordering them online, they must be paid for by the Friday before spring break. Afterwards, they must be paid for at Mrs. Bolsinger's desk.

Should the student choose to take an AP exam that they are not enrolled in a class for, Mr. Campos or Mrs. Bolsinger must be notified prior to the ordering of the exams, which is typically around the middle of March.

Morning exams start at 8:00am (but arrive by 7:30am) and end just before noon, after which the student should go to lunch and then report to their next class, 6th period. Afternoon exams start at 12:00pm (but arrive by 11:45am) and end around 3-4pm. Go to C lunch and then the AP exam.

Period Time If you're AP testing If you're not testing Notes
1 – 5B 8:00am – 11:40am AP testing (morning) Attend 1st through 5th periods You must show up at or before 7:30am for AP tests! After exams end, go to E lunch. Afterwards, go to your 6th and 7th period classes.
5C – after school 12:00pm – 3:00pm AP testing (afternoon) Attend 6th and 7th periods Go to normal classes, then C lunch, and then arrive at your testing location. Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism is the only AP exam that starts at 2:00pm and lasts until 4:00pm. Your exam will most likely end after school ends, so plan your transportation back home accordingly.

See the official College Board Calendar for exam dates and more information.