MLMS Magnet School

Guidance Counseling

                                  The Home of the Fighting Rams!


Our office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. during the school year.


Welcome! The John Marshall High School Counseling Department will provide a comprehensive guidance and counseling program to ensure academic, social and emotional development to empower students to reach their personal, professional and career aspirations. Services we provide include:

RESPONSIVE SERVICE: The purpose of the Responsive Service component is to intervene with or on behalf of those students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grades whose personal circumstance, concerns, or problems are threatening to interfere with or are interfering with their healthy personal, social, career and /or educational development.

SYSTEM SUPPORT: The System Support component describes management activities which assure the delivery of a high-quality guidance program, and service which indirectly benefit students by supporting other programs.

GUIDANCE CURRICULUM: The Guidance Curriculum component includes skill-based lessons and units designed to help all students in kindergarten through 12th grade develop competence in essential life skills.

INDIVIDUAL PLANNING: The Individual planning component is where students are guided in planning, monitoring and managing their own educational, career, personal and social development. Each student is provided with necessary steps toward his/her established goals.


In order to build a relationship and trust with students, things discussed in individual counseling remain confidential.  What information needs to be told to parents, other helping-professionals and/or school officials?


  • Harm to Yourself
  • Harm to Other People
  • Sexual Contact/Pregnancy
  • Threats to School Safety
  • Information Requested by a Valid Subpoena (Court System)

Your child(ren) will be assigned to a counselor based on their last name, unless your student is a Law & Medical Services student, then he/she will be assigned to the LMS counselor.  Please see the alpha breakdown with the counselor phone number and e-mail address.

Counselor Contact Information
Head Counselor Celia Collard 210-397-7125

A - Chapa Regina Canales 210-397-7130
Chapman - Gill Amanda Reuter 210-397-7155
Gir - Lin Lindsay Freres 210-397-7156
Lina - Ortega Karen Parker 210-397-7127
Ortiz - San Miguel Richard Valdez Jr. 210-397-7128
Sanchez - Z Gloria Vargas 210-397-7126
Law & Medical Services Anissa Pennick 210-397-7243
Campus Test Coordinator Kerri Mack 210-397-7129


Secretary Jeannine Salas 210-397-7132
Go Center Rhonda Fryer 210-397-7142
Registrar America Guerrero 210-397-7138
Grade Reporting Lori Kellum 210-397-7171
Clerk Peggy Persyn 210-397-7123


Rescheduled: 8th grade Visits & Elective/Endorsement Night:  January 25, 2022

During the day on January 25th, we are going to welcome all of our future Rams on campus from our 4 feeder middle schools (Connally, Neff, Rudder and Stevenson).  They will tour the campus with our senior mentors and immerse themselves in the culture of Marshall.

On the evening of the 25th at 6:30 p.m., we are going to welcome parents and students starting off in the Auditorium, where they will have the opportunity to ask questions, tour the campus, and meet our outstanding Marshall Rams!

We look forward to meeting ALL of our future Rams!

Junior Individual Planning Sessions:  Jan 18th - Jan 21st, 2022

During the week of January 18th - January 21st, the counselors will be conducting Junior Individual Planning Sessions for 11th grade students through their English 3 classes. Counselors will review Course Selection with students for the 2022-2023 school year.  They will also disseminate information about important junior dates, post-secondary options, SAT/ACT, and how to better prepare for their upcoming senior year. In addition, counselors will also review student's transcripts to ensure that students know what they have to do in order to graduate.

STAAR Retesting:  December 7th - December 10th

The State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness End-of-Course (STAAR EOC) assessments will be administered in December, 2021 for eligible students.  STAAR EOC measures the statewide curriculum in Algebra I, Biology, English I, English II and US. History.

Students take STAAR EOC assessments as they are completing the corresponding courses since these assessments are required for high school graduation (TEC 839.025).  A student who does not pass may retake the assessment during the next administration to meet graduation requirements.  The following list includes the subjects and dates of testing: 


Tuesday, Dec 7th - English I 

Wednesday, Dec 8th - Algebra I

Thursday, Dec 9th - English II

Friday, Dec 10th - Biology/US History


Important Reminder:  The Northside ISD Student/Parent Handbook (page C-7) states, "During testing, use of a mobile technology device is prohibited and subjects the device to confiscation and search.  Students are subject to discipline for use of these devices during testing.  Furthermore, use of mobile technology devices during testing could result in the invalidation of student test scores".

For additional information and an overview of the statewide testing program, visit the Texas Education Agency Student Assessment Division Parent Information website at:

Tips for Success: * Students should make sure to get a good night's sleep the night before, and should also eat a healthy breakfast the morning of testing.  Students should also make sure to get to school early in order to make sure that they won't be late for testing. 


ASVAB Testing:  Thursday, November 18, 2021

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test, or ASVAB, will be administered on the Marshall Campus on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 1st through 4th periods in the JMHS Auditorium. 

While this test is utilized for military placement, it does NOT include any obligation to join the military. The ASVAB includes vocational and academic assessments and the results will include an on-line access key to connect the student's academic and career strengths with a free online program for career research. Interested sophomores, juniors and seniors should either see Mrs. Fryer, our College, Career Military Advisor in the Go Center in J108 to register for the test. She can also be called at 210-397-7142 or emailed at   Parent permission is required to take this test.


Freshman Guidance Sessions:  Tuesday, November 16, 2021

The counselors will be conducting Guidance Sessions with all current freshmen during their W. Geo classes on Tuesday, November 16th.  Counselors will discuss graduation requirements, endorsement plans, credits and attendance, along with responsible behaviors, interpersonal effectiveness and communication skills.

College/Career/Military Night for Seniors:  Monday, November 15, 2021

The NISD College, Career, Military Night will be held on Monday, November 15, 2021 at Paul Taylor Field House and the Northside Activity Center.  Marshall's allotted time period will be from 6:00 pm - 6:50 pm.  Seniors will have the opportunity to learn about post-secondary options, along with having a wide variety of college, vocational and military representatives to talk to.  There will also be a financial aid presentation as well.  We hope to see you there!

Sophomore Guidance/Individual Planning Sessions:  November 10, 2021 

The counselors will be conducting Guidance/Individual Planning Sessions with all current sophomores during their W. History classes on Wednesday, November 10th.  Each counselor will meet with each student individually to discuss their endorsement plan, credits and post-secondary options.   They will also give information on college resources that are available in the College Cafe.

Healthy Relationships: November 2, 2021 

Counselors will go into all Health classes to discuss and examine the characteristics and benefits of healthy relationships and the characteristics of unhealthy relationships.  Students will also learn about the importance of effective communication to the development and maintenance of a healthy relationship. They will examine elements and styles of communication, including the potential impact of technology on effective communication.

Red Ribbon Week:  October 25th - October 29th

Next week is National Red Ribbon Week, which provides drug prevention and awareness to our youth.  The Marshall Counseling Department and Student Council have some great activities planned for our students during this week.

On Monday, October 25th - "Hocus, Pocus, Drugs Aren't Our Focus" - Wear Red to be Drug Free

Drug Free Commitment Signing Challenge - During all lunches in the Courtyard, students are challenged to sign their name to commit to be drug free.

On Tuesday, October 26th - "Be the Hero Who Creates a Drug Free World" - Dress Up Like a Superhero

On Wednesday, October 27th - "Drugs Will Haunt You" - Wear Orange, Black or a Halloween Shirt

On Thursday, October 28th - "Shade out the Drugs, Your Future is Too Bright" - Wear Sunglasses

On Friday, October 29th - "Team Up to Say No to Drugs" - Wear Your Marshall Spirit Clothes

The Counseling Department and Student Council look forward to seeing all of our students participate in all of these activities throughout the week.


FAFSA Night: October 18th, 2021

NISD is hosting a FAFSA Night at Marshall High School from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm on Monday, October 18th in the Library.  A Financial Aid Advisor from St. Mary’s University will provide general information, and Ms. Fryer, our campus College, Career and Military Advisor will answer questions and schedule appointments for hands-on help. We hope to see you there!

Senior Parent Night: October 14, 2021

On Thursday, October 14th, John Marshall High School will host a Senior Parent Night from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Cafeteria.  It will be presented by Rhonda Fryer, our John Marshall High School College & Career Technologist, along with Kevin Fleming, our San Antonio Education Foundation (SAEP) Representative.  Come join us to gather a lot of important dates, deadlines and information. We look forward to seeing you there!

Free SAT/PSAT Tests:  October 13, 2021

On Wednesday, October 13th, the College Board SAT School Day exam is being administered at no cost to all seniors. No registration is required. Click here for more information about the SAT.

On that same day, the College Board PSAT/NMSQT exam will be administered at no cost to all sophomores and juniors. The PSAT/NMSQT exam is the route of entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program for 11th grade students. No registration is required. Click here for more information about the PSAT/NMSQT.


Decision of Respect Signing Day: Friday, October 8, 2021


This Friday, October 8th, is NISD's 10th annual Decision of Respect Signing Day.  October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and Decision of Respect Signing Day is a reminder to the community that the District is committed to providing students and staff a safe and respectful environment.  In doing this district wide, we hope to get students invested in pledging to demonstrate respect for themselves and others through their interactions with others at school.  


Blue Shirt Day/World Day of Bullying Prevention:  Wednesday, October 6, 2021

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. STOMP OUT Bullying, a national anti-bullying and cyber bullying organization for kids and teens, created Blue Shirt Day/World Day of Bullying Prevention.  Students, schools, parents and businesses are asked to GO BLUE on the first Wednesday of October.  This day happens to fall on Wednesday, October 6th this year.  Please help Marshall High School raise awareness of bullying prevention by wearing a blue shirt on Wednesday.  Please take the pledge to stomp out bullying!


Financial Aid 101 Event:  Sept 23, 2021

Need help with FAFSA, TASFA and scholarships, but not sure where to start?  Join us for our Financial Aid 101 Event, starting at 4:35 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Library.  It will be hosted by Mrs. Fryer, JMHS College, Career Readiness Technician and Mr. Fleming, our SAEP (San Antonio Education Partnership) Representative.   Come on out for a wealth of information.


Meet the Teacher Night/Join PTSA:  Sept 22, 2021

Please join us for Meet the Teacher Night/PTSA Night.  It will be held on Wednesday, Sept 22nd at 6:00 p.m.  It will be an informative evening of meeting Marshall staff and join PTSA to help support our awesome school community!


Senior Individual Planning Sessions:  Sept 13th - Sept 17th, 2021

The counselors will be conducting Senior Individual Planning Sessions with all seniors during the week of September 13th - September 17th through their English IV classes.

Each counselor will meet with each student individually to discuss their credits, review transcripts, and give out SAT & ACT test dates.  They will also give information on college resources that are available in the College Cafe and discuss each student's post-secondary plans.

Important Counseling Update:


An important note from the Counseling Department regarding student schedules in HAC. We are aware that students are able to view their schedules in HAC. However, those schedules are not necessarily going to be the same on the first day of school.

Necessary Corrections:

We are currently working on Master Schedule changes, and the current schedule in HAC may change. In addition, schedule changes were due in the Counseling Office on June 11th. Therefore, the only schedule changes that will be made are schedule corrections, such as, a student should be in English 1, but has English 2 on their schedule, or is missing a lunch period.


The counseling office has been receiving quite a few phone calls regarding student’s assigned lunch period. For the most part, lunch periods are assigned by grade level: 4th period lunch is for 9th graders, 5th period Lunch is for 10th graders and 6th period Lunch is for 11th & 12 grade students. However, a student’s schedule could affect that lunch schedule. For instance, a 10th grade student’s athletic period may be in 3rd period, therefore, their lunch period would be 4th period to allow more time for that student’s practice, opportunity to change clothes, and eat lunch.

Schedule an Appointment:

At this time, counselors are registering new students on a daily basis, and are not available for drop in appointments. Please contact them by phone or email, your counselor’s contact information can be found attached below. 

2021 - 2022 New Student Registration:

All students new to the NISD District (Private, Charter and Homeschooling students) will need to register online. Please download all required documentation by the time of appointment. After completing the online submission, please call Registrar's Office at 210.397.7138 for confirmation and to make an appointment.



Enrollment Information for Students entering John Marshall High School for the first time:

To expedite your enrollment into John Marshall High School, you will need ALL of the documentation listed downloaded. Parent AND student need to be present.

* Student Birth Certificate (Passport may be used). We cannot accept hospital issued birth certificates or baptismal certificates.

* Social Security Card (if applicable)

* Immunization Records (must be current)

* Proof of Residence (Utility, Water, Lease or Land Line Phone Bill).  NO DISCONNECTION NOTICES WILL BE ACCEPTED.

* If living with another family in the John Marshall High School area, a notarized "Affidavit of Residence" must be provided, along with Residences' Proof of Residence, and a copy of their photo ID. Student 18 years of age and older and not living with a biological parent must complete this form in lieu of a "Power of Attorney".

* Withdrawal papers from previous school if enrolling during the school year.

* 11th and 12th graders must provide an unofficial transcript.

* The student must be enrolled by the person(s) listed on the student's birth certificate, a guardian assigned by the legal system or approved by NISD Office of Student Advocacy and School Choice at 210.397.8695.

* If you are transferring from another NISD school, you will only need Proof of Residence, withdrawal papers and photo ID.


Contact Information:


8000 Lobo Lane

San Antonio, Texas 78240

Office: 210.397.7138

Fax: 210.706.7175

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