Office of School Counseling

Friday Sendoff - October 11, 2019

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Trailblazers are Prepared for any Situation

Your students are afforded with memorable experiences in school that help prepare them for their future plans. They're reconnecting with friends and meeting new students who share similar interests while discovering passion for various academic content. From time to time, they'll experience life's challenges that leave them feeling discouraged and at times, in crisis. Trailblazers are social emotional experts who are trained to help students cope and problem solve, making what feels like the impossible, possible. Trailblazers offer proactive supports but are always ready should students need more along the way. Continue showing the way...you're needed and appreciated!

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

Upcoming Meetings

College Counselors Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 8am-2:30pm

Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA

Annapolis, MD

Due to limited parking accommodations, we have a bus meeting us at CCBC-Catonsville Library at 6:30am. Please contact Sharon Holter if you have any questions about transportation.

Elementary Counselors Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 17th, 9:30am-12:30pm

3505 Resource Drive

Randallstown, MD

This will be held at the Randallstown Community Center.

Register at https://registration.bcps.org/event.aspx?event_detailid=28027


***PLEASE NOTE***

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

Randallstown, MD

This meeting is for counselors who have never supervised school counseling interns. Please register for the meeting at: https://registration.bcps.org/Event.aspx?Event_DetailID=28123

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Friday, Oct. 18th, 8:30am-4:30pm

323 Sollers Point Road

Dundalk, MD

**This is 1 of 2 YMHFA trainings offered on 10/18**


**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.


To register: https://registration.bcps.org/Event.aspx?Event_DetailID=20887

Addicted

Saturday, Oct. 19th, 7pm

255 East Padonia Road

Lutherville-Timonium, MD

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:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/72966423537


If you have questions, please contact:

Jessica Hackmann, Ed.S, NCSP

Dulaney High School

443-809-4739

Baltimore County School Psychologist

School Counseling Program Plan Bootcamp

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, 9am-3pm

6901 North Charles Street

Towson, MD

This is an optional workshop for assistance with your program plan that will take place at Greenwood Building A, Boardroom A


RSVP on the 9/6/19 send-off

Curriculum Updates Meeting (for Department Chairs and Master Schedulers)

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd, 8am-12:30pm

7201 Rossville Boulevard

Baltimore, MD

Please share this registration link with your master scheduler


CCBC - Essex: Administration Building, room 120

https://registration.bcps.org/Event.aspx?Event_DetailID=27856

Announcements

**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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BCPSEmployeeWellness/


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

www.facebook.com/happytotes3


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 childbhfair@baltimorecountymd.gov.


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.

Do you need Lauryn's Law CEU's?

The upcoming BCACD Event on 10/23 will give you an opportunity to earn 1.5 Lauryn's Law CEU's in the Substance Abuse category. RSVP to hstackus@bcps.org to sign up!
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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

Secondary Counselors

Secondary Science SMORE

Attached is a link to the September, 2019 issue of the Secondary Science Newsletter from the Office of Science. https://www.smore.com/4pvnc

High School Counselors

**NEW** Monthly Job Outlook Information - See attachments below


**NEW** Register Today for FAFSA® Webinars in October

Federal Student Aid is hosting webinars in October about updates to the upcoming 2020–21 FAFSA® form as well as enhancements and a walkthrough of our myStudentAid mobile app. There will also be a live Q&A chat available for you to submit your questions. Current parents, students, and college access professionals are all welcome to register.


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

October 16, 2019

6-8:30 pm

APGFCU Arena


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.


For more information: https://www.nacacfairs.org/attend/national-college-fairs/baltimore-national-college-fair/

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

greenIS Scholarship

Heisman Scholarship

College Counselors

**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

State Financial Assistance Programs and Applications


Tuition Waiver for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth


Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients




**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.

https://www.hood.edu/admission-aid/first-year-students/first-year-admission

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.

https://www.hood.edu/admission-aid/school-counselors

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

Email reitmeyer@hood.edu



**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.

When:

Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM


Where:

Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Attractions:

  • Other (inquisitive!) students who want to learn more about Wellesley
  • Warm greetings, good conversation, general happiness
  • An opportunity for you to ask questions


RSVP:

Click here to register.

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College Fly-Ins

RIT Counselor Breakfast and Information Session (Maryland)

https://join.rit.edu/portal/ugrd_breakfasts


Christopher Newport University Counselor Breakfast (Maryland)

https://cnu.edu/admission/freshman/toursandevents/hscounselor/


York College of Pennsylania Counselor Breakfast

https://www.ycp.edu/admissions/visit-york/guidance-counselor-breakfasts/


University of Tampa Counselor Fly-In

https://apply-undg.ut.edu/portal/gcvisit


2019 Fall and 2020 Spring Diversity – Student Fly-In Visit Programs

https://getmetocollege.org/what-colleges-look-for/2019-fall-diversity-visit-programs


University of Arizona Counselor Fly-In Program

https://admissions.arizona.edu/counselors/newsletter/ua-counselor-fly


Colleges of Rochester Tour Counselor Fly-In Program

https://www.rit.edu/emcs/admissions/cort/index.php


Upstate New York Counselor Tour

https://unytcounselortour.org/


Vanderbilt University Counselor Conference

https://admissions.vanderbilt.edu/counselors/conference.php


University Of Dallas - Magic in the Metroplex Counselor Program

https://udallas.edu/admissions/magic-in-the-metroplex/index.php

Relevant Bulletin Items

October 4, 2019 Bulletin

https://intranet.bcps.org/superintendent/bulletin/2019/1004/Bulletin100419.pdf


587.BRING NEIGHBORS AND COLLEAGUES TO MEET THE SUPERINTENDENT

588.THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF BCPS – 21ST CENTURYINSTRUCTIONAL INITIATIVE GRANTS

590.AMAZON PURCHASES

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

Professional Development

Advanced Trauma Counseling & Attachment Theory - Webinar 12/16/19 - 3 CEU's


Best Approaches in Trauma Treatment - 11/14/19 in Annapolis, earn 6 CEU's

Resource Roundup

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Office of School Counseling Lending Library

Inspiration and Good News

Loyola School Counseling Interns support BCPS at the Out of the Darkness Walk.

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Towson High School College and Career Fair

Congrats to Towson High School as they host their first College and Career Fair facilitated by counselors Courtiney Jacobs and Lauren Hanley. The fair was October 3rd for juniors and seniors with a total of 100 colleges and universities, trade schools and military representatives present to meet with students. Towson also had scholarship and FASFA information tables as well as a voter registration booth for students.

Calling out the Impact of Cyberbullying

The Kenwood High School team partnered with their Library Media Specialist to create this display for the month of October. Great idea!

What size is the problem?

Logan Elementary uses this "How Big is My Problem" language school wide. The posters are in every classroom and hallway, which allows staff to remind staff and students that their reaction and solution should match or be less than the size of the problem. This empowers students to advocate for themselves and solve problems independently!
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Program Plan Bootcamp

We had a great turnout at the Program Plan Bootcamp on 10/9! Thank you to everyone who joined us! It was great to see the collaboration, veteran counselors supporting new counselors, and counselors teaching each other how to access different sources of data.

Schoology Access Codes

Elementary Counseling Curriculum: M4HSN-FCFN4

Secondary Counseling Curriculum: CFBV7-B6PCM

Threat Management: Q6RHK-WHHVC

Contact Information

Naviance Support: 1-866-337-0080 option 2 & support@naviance.com

Signup Genius Support: support@signupgenius.com

CPS email address: dhr.baltimorecountycps@maryland.gov

MHEC FAFSA Completion (MD CAPS): fafsa.mhec@maryland.gov

Counselor T-Shirt Designs

Want to make a custom shirt for you or your department? Check out these svg desgins. There's a kiosk outside of Burlington in Security Mall that can make one for you.