Office of School Counseling
Friday Sendoff - October 11, 2019
Trailblazers are Prepared for any Situation
MUST DO ITEMS - Please read this section carefully
Some reminders about the School Counseling Program Plans and Closing the Gap Action Plans:
- Your individual program plans are due November 1, 2019
- The timeline and resources are located in the 9/6/2019 newsletter.
- Departments can create one program plan for the whole group but each counselor must have their own action plans. No 2 counselors should be targeting the same students in their action plans.
- Counselors who are split between 2 schools must create 3 action plans for each of their schools.
- While there are 4 categories of Action Plan goals provided (Academic, Attendance, Climate, Post-Secondary), there is no requirement as to how many action plans you should have for each category. Nor is it a requirement to do 1 of each. Action Plans are based on the individual school's needs.
- The Program Plan template as well as links to the BCPS Blueprint 2.0 and ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors are all available in the Program Plan resources folders in your Schoology Groups.
- The Padlet created in the Elementary Closing the Gap session is also available in the Elementary Schoology group.
- Please submit your program plan to your assigned Specialist only.
West Zone - MaatenRe
East Zone - Jen
Central Secondary - MaatenRe
Central Elementary - Jen
College Counselors Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 8am-2:30pm
Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA
Elementary Counselors Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 17th, 9:30am-12:30pm
3505 Resource Drive
If you are in an elementary school with two counselors, both counselors should be in attendance at every meeting.
First Time Intern Site Supervisors Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 17th, 1-3pm
3505 Resource Drive
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Friday, Oct. 18th, 8:30am-4:30pm
323 Sollers Point Road
**This training, taught by MaatenRe and Jen, will be held at the Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center**
Youth Mental Health First Aid is a research-based training program to provide information and skills to identify and respond to children with symptoms that may indicate a mental health concern.
Saturday, Oct. 19th, 7pm
255 East Padonia Road
In an effort to promote drug and alcohol awareness among high school students, the play “Addicted” will be performed on Saturday October 19 at 7 pm in the auditorium at Dulaney High School.
Addicted tells the story of three young adults who struggle with a variety of addictions including alcohol, heroin, and prescription pain pills. The play not only gives the audience an inside look into the struggle and hardship of the individual who is addicted, but also sheds light on the devastating impact to one’s friends and family members. Addicted reveals the current trends and dangerous practices that teens and young adults today are engaging in, in an effort to bring awareness to parents and their children.
Due to the nature of the subject, the play’s content is mature and is recommended for students age 13 and older. Tickets are free, but should be reserved in advance:
If you have questions, please contact:
Jessica Hackmann, Ed.S, NCSP
Dulaney High School
Baltimore County School Psychologist
Curriculum Updates Meeting (for Department Chairs and Master Schedulers)
Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 8am-12:30pm
7201 Rossville Boulevard
Please share this registration link with your master scheduler
CCBC - Essex: Administration Building, room 120
**NEW** List of School Based Mental Health Providers - In the attachments below is a list of all of the Community Mental Health Partners that are approved for BCPS schools. This list includes the location of the agencies, languages spoken, services provided, and insurances they take. This list is updated periodically as new providers form partnerships and update their information with BCPS. In order to get the most updated list, visit the School Based Mental Health Wiki. The link is also available in the Threat Management Schoology Group.
**NEW** Teen Drop-in Center is a safe and fun place for teens with exciting and enriching activities. A caring team of peer counselors and recovery specialists will welcome and provide after school structure and activities. See flyer in attachments below. Call 667-600-3656 for more information.
**NEW** LAST CALL (Western MD School Counselor Conference)
If you are planning on attending the Western MD School Counselor Conference on November 6-8, 2019, you need to register by Oct. 15, 2019!! They are only allowed 100 people, so don't wait, register TODAY at www.mscaonline.org.
**NEW** EMPLOYEE WELLNESS FACEBOOK PAGE
Employee Wellness now has a Facebook page. The purpose of the page is to keep employees informed, engaged, and connected to all of the Employee Wellness initiatives and incentives that are offered throughout the year. Employees are welcome to request to become a member of the group. Once accepted, employees will receive communication on various health and wellness opportunities as they become available.
Happy Totes for children in need - Happy Totes is a non-profit organization in Maryland that makes tote bags for children in need. These bags contain a new plushy toy and a soft blanket. The organization would love to donate bags to your schools. You can visit www.happytotes.org to see more information and photos.
For more information, contact Nina Thompson the Founder and Director at 301-706-2456
Annual Baltimore County Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Resource Fair 10/29/19 at 11:30 - 3:00. This is a free event at the Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center. See the attached flyer. If you are interested in attending, you must register using the link on the flyer. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Youth Mental Health First Aid FAQ's:
- These courses are OPTIONAL and are offered to any BCPS employee.
- School counselors can use this course to earn 8 CEU's toward the 15 required for Lauryn's Law from this course. This course will cover all 6 required categories from Lauryn's Law.
- YMHFA courses are offered throughout the school year by various instructors and at various locations. MaatenRe and Jen are teaching 1 course on 10/18 but you can take any of the YMHFA courses offered throughout the year.
- There are TWO different courses offered on October 18th. If you signed up for one on this date, please note the time and location of the course for which you registered.
Middle School Counselors
**NEW** Junior Achieve Inspire Field Trip Updates - As promised, we kept as much of this trip off your plates as possible. Some important information about the November 13 - 14 Field trip:
- ALL 8th graders from all schools will attend.
- Lessons will be delivered by Social Studies teachers.
- Principals received the information from the CTE office as of last week.
- Field Trip and Bus Information was communicated to the Assistant Principals by the CTE office on 10/8/19. This includes your school's assigned date and time.
The October College & Career Newsletter link is https://www.smore.com/xhy0v
High School Counselors
**NEW** Monthly Job Outlook Information - See attachments below
**NEW** Register Today for FAFSA® Webinars in October
Tools to Help You Use the myStudentAid Mobile App webinar
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 3–4 p.m. ET
The PowerPoint from the 10/9/19 FSA Webinar on FAFSA Updates is in the attachments below.
New Transcript Process - BCPS has implemented an exclusively automated online process for alumni to request graduation verification, duplicate diplomas, and transcripts. Additional information is available on the Request For Official Transcripts & Official Duplicate Diplomas Web site. High School staff may continue to serve graduates throughout their first year after graduation with transcript requests.
Upcoming College Fairs
School Based College Fairs
Lansdowne High School Future Fair - October 22nd at 6pm
Kenwood High School Fair - October 22nd at 6pm
Milford Mill Academy HBCU Fair - November 7th at 10am
Harford Community College - College and Career Fair
See the event flyer in the attachments
NACAC College Fair Baltimore: Monday, October 21, 2019 to Tuesday, October 22, 2019
October 21, 2019
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
October 22, 2019
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Recently Added/Updated Scholarships in Naviance
Gettysburg Parker B. Wagnild Scholarship
Gettysburg F. William Sunderman Scholarship
Gettysburg Elizabeth Headley Paul ’64 Memorial Scholarship
Swing of Things Scholarship
Maryland JCI Senate Scholarship
Ron Brown Scholar Program for African Americans
APIASF General Scholarship
Grace Erline Memorial Girls Gone Great Scholarship
Feldco Windows, Siding & Doors Scholarship
Leaders Save Lives Scholarship Program
John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
**NEW** FAFSA Tip of the month:
The 2020–21 FAFSA® demo site became available on Sunday, Sept. 29. The demo site is a learning tool you can use to complete a sample FAFSA form. View the demo site at fafsademo.test.ed.gov.
MHEC Financial Assistance Programs
**NEW** Hood College - No application fee
Hood College has requested to partner with the Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC). There is no application fee for Hood College.
The following are resources around the Hood College application process.
This links is to their first-year admission website and has the application requirements and deadlines.
Attached is also a link to a portion of their website specifically geared towards high school counselors, especially helpful if you 're not very familiar with Hood College.
Please feel free to contact the admission counselor listed below if there is additional information that would be helpful as you are working with students.
Becca Reitmeyer, Admission Counselor
Office Phone 301-696-3408
Cell Phone 301-846-8415
**NEW** Wellesley College Information Session
The Wellesley College Club of Philadelphia is hosting an information session presented by Claire Devlin '18, Assistant Director of Admission. Please feel free to share this event invitation with any girls at your school who may be interested.
Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
- Other (inquisitive!) students who want to learn more about Wellesley
- Warm greetings, good conversation, general happiness
- An opportunity for you to ask questions
Click here to register.
RIT Counselor Breakfast and Information Session (Maryland)
Christopher Newport University Counselor Breakfast (Maryland)
York College of Pennsylania Counselor Breakfast
University of Tampa Counselor Fly-In
2019 Fall and 2020 Spring Diversity – Student Fly-In Visit Programs
University of Arizona Counselor Fly-In Program
Colleges of Rochester Tour Counselor Fly-In Program
Upstate New York Counselor Tour
Vanderbilt University Counselor Conference
University Of Dallas - Magic in the Metroplex Counselor Program
Relevant Bulletin Items
October 4, 2019 Bulletin
587.BRING NEIGHBORS AND COLLEAGUES TO MEET THE SUPERINTENDENT
588.THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF BCPS – 21ST CENTURYINSTRUCTIONAL INITIATIVE GRANTS
594. FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEAL BENEFIT VERIFICATION
610. GOUCHER COLLEGE PARTNERSHIP FOR ONLINE GRADUATE COURSES
614. MARYLAND CULTURAL PROFICIENCY CONFERENCE
619. SCHOOL COUNSELING- CURRICULUM UPDATES MEETING
620. SCHOOL COUNSELING –MANDATORY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNSELORS MEETING
631. STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES-RECORDS TRAINING-FALL 2019
638. HEALTH SERVICES- EMPLOYEE FLU CLINICS
639. EMPLOYEE SELF SERVICE UPGRADE
641. GRACE’S LAW
642. MANDATORY STUDENT DATA PRIVACY COMPLIANCE TRAINING
646. MULTILINGUAL MAGNET PROGRAM INFORMATION VIDEOS AVAILABLE!
648. OPEN ENROLLMENT 2020 MATERIALS
649. RED RIBBON WEEK
650. SCHOOL COUNSELING – 2019-2010 COURSE REGISTRATION GUIDE CORRECTION
651. SCHOOL COUNSELING – UNITED STATES SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM (USSYP)
654. STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES – OCTOBER IS BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH: KINDNESS MATTERS
Office of School Counseling Lending Library
Email Sharon Holter to borrow any items from our Lending Library.
Inspiration and Good News
Loyola School Counseling Interns support BCPS at the Out of the Darkness Walk.
Towson High School College and Career Fair
Calling out the Impact of Cyberbullying
What size is the problem?
Program Plan Bootcamp
Schoology Access Codes
Elementary Counseling Curriculum: M4HSN-FCFN4
Secondary Counseling Curriculum: CFBV7-B6PCM
Threat Management: Q6RHK-WHHVC
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