Office of School Counseling

Friday Sendoff - August 30, 2019

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Counselors are passionate about the journey

Remember that the passion that you bring to school every day is contagious. Begin the school year with enthusiasm about the journey and you will inspire students to blaze their own trails. Your support and advocacy will help them to stay on their trail even when they feel like giving up. We can use this to support our colleagues on their own journeys, as well.
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MUST DO ITEMS - Please read this section carefully

Counselor Survey Form - Please complete the survey ASAP

Counselor Information Form

Upcoming Meetings

High School Department Chair Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 25th, 8-11am

Soller's Point High School - Soller's Cafe

Middle School Department Chair Meeting

Wednesday, Sep. 25th, 12-3pm

Soller's Point High School - Soller's Cafe

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course (Lauryn's Law part 1)

Monday, Sep. 30th, 8:30am-4:30pm

Randallstown Community Center

SPS Training for NEW School Counselors

Tuesday, Sep. 10th, 8am

This is an online event.

If you are a NEW school counselor and need access to SPS (to view IEP's, 504's, and Student Support Plans, you may need to complete the SPS training. This is an ONLINE training you can complete independently. Register at https://registration.bcps.org/Event.aspx?Event_DetailID=27254 and complete the training in the 9/10 - 9/12 window.

Service Capture Training for School Counselors and NPI/MA Enrollment for LCPC's

Thursday, Sep. 12th, 9am-12pm

Greenwood, Building A, Board Room A

If you are providing regular counseling services on a student's IEP or 504 plan, you will need Service Capture training to enter those services in SPS. The Service Capture training is ONLY for those who do not currently have access to Service Capture.


The second portion of this class, NPI/MA enrollment is only for LCPC's. Last spring, BCPS added to the job description that if school counselors have an LCPC, we are required to complete the NPI/MA enrollment as a BCPS employee. If you have not done so already, you can either complete this on your own or at this session on September 12th. Contact Jen if you would like the instructions to complete it on your own.


Contact Jen Abbe at jabbe@bcps.org if you plan to attend on September 12th. This class will be capped at 25 people.

Announcements

Xfinity Internet Essentials – Xfinity provides affordable internet services for eligible families for $9.95 per month. If you have families who need an affordable option to access WiFi at home, refer them to: https://www.internetessentials.com/


Updating your Outlook Phone NumberAs we receive notification about new office phone numbers, please take a moment to update your office phone number that appears in outlook. To revise your information, go to INTRANET > MY ACCOUNT > EDIT PHONE NUMBERS


Language Line Codes - The ESOL Intake office has language line access available for you to connect with students and parents. If you don’t already have your school’s information, please contact your Specialist


Google Translate - if you’d like to translate web-based text (like Naviance), add the Google Chrome translate extension to your browser. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD GOOGLE TRANSLATE TO CHROME


International Connections Academy - The home school office received a number of inquiries from counselors and parents about the status of International Connections Academy. There have been a lot of commercials on TV for K-12/Connections Academy; International Connections Academy is the branch of their company that is approved in Maryland. International Connections Academy is an approved online non-public school in Maryland; the only other one is Calvert Academy. If a student withdraws from BCPS to enroll in ICA or Calvert, the student should be withdrawn using the code for a non-public school. Below is a link to the approved non-public schools in Maryland; ICA is located in Howard Co. and Calvert Academy is located in Baltimore County.


The Maryland Coalition of Families has created a monthly Support Group for Parents and Caregivers of Children with Mental and Behavioral Challenges. Resources and information are provided at every meeting. Please share the attached flyer with families!


The Counseling Center at Stella Maris has upcoming Grief Groups for Fall 2019. Flyer is in the attachments below.


15 apps Every Parent Should Know About - The Maryland Center for School Safety shared a Cyber Safety related image you may have seen recently in social media. You can retrieve the image from the website or you can download the image below.

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Middle School Counselors

September SMORE Newsletter - Here's the SMORE for you to share with your families:

https://www.smore.com/n72gz

Department Chairs


DECOMMISSIONING OF SILK

The master scheduling process for secondary schools has fully transitioned to the Student Instructional Program & Resource Management Tool (SIPRMT). As of Friday, August 16th school staff no longer have access to SILK. All school staff members with access to SIPRMT have been trained to support their responsibilities in alignment with the School-based Scheduling Team and Timeline document. Please share this information with school staff as appropriate.


Signup Contacts - High School Chairs

If you have military, employer or trade contacts that you’d like to have our office send information to, please send it to MaatenRe so it can be added to Signup Genius

High School Co-Enrollment Process

There is new functionality in SIS this year for co-enrollment between zoned schools and Educational Options programs. Below are two resources to support this new feature. The Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) document provides conditions and guidelines for co-enrollment. The accompanying video provides narrated step-by-step directions for the co-enrollment process within SIS. Any questions about co-enrollment can be directed to the Educational Options team.


The Password to view the video is: Trailblazers

High School Counselors

NCAA Course Review – As you work with student athletes, be sure to review their transcript to ensure all core courses appear on our district course list. If you have courses that do not appear, please contact MaatenRe so she can submit the course to NCAA for consideration.

Post-Secondary Counselors


NACAC College Fair

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


Signup Genius


College representatives are now signing up to visit with students at your school. You or a designee should review your signups and remove blackout dates shared with your department chair this summer and create visits in Naviance for students to review.


Signups are for college and military reps as well as employers. Please do not refuse military reps and employers who sign up using the system. We’re working to create a separate database of employers and reps but we want students to have access to all opportunities.


If a rep contacts you directly to schedule a visit, please forward their email to me or have them email me directly so I can add them to the email group before sharing the links.

College Fly-Ins

University of Tampa Counselor Fly-In

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

Relevant Bulletin Items

https://intranet.bcps.org/superintendent/bulletin/2019/0823/Bulletin082319.pdf


208.BACK-TO-SCHOOL PARENT RESOURCE TABLE AVAILABLE


210. THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF BALTIMORE COUNTY PUBLIC

SCHOOLS (BCPS), INC. – BACK TO SCHOOL INVOLVES YOU, TOO!

CAMPAIGN – FREE SCHOOL SUPPLY SHOPPING DATES AT THE

EXCHANGEREE


216. TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (TAUP) FOR EMPLOYEES AND APPROVED NON-EMPLOYEES

234.BCPS GOOGLE ACCOUNTS

235.CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT ANNUAL TRAINING MODULE

236.COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS – COLLEGE BOARD SCHOOL-BASEDTESTING COORDINATOR MEETINGS/TRAININGS SY2019-2020

237. COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS: COLLEGE BOARD TESTING DATES FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2019-2020

239. ENGLISH FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESOL) WELCOME CENTER VIDEOS AVAILABLE!

244. LOST OR DAMAGED ONE-CARD BADGE REPLACEMENT

245. MOBILE INNOVATION LAB REQUEST FORMS

250. WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY – MIND OVER MATTERS 2019-2020

251. YOUTH SUICIDE: AWARENESS AND PREVENTION ONLINE TRAINING

Leadership

Leadership Development for Department Chairs - If you're an acting department chair or interested in becoming a school counseling department chair, the fall session of the Leadership Course for Prospective Department Chairs will begin on Thursday, September 26th. This class will meet on the dates below at Carver Center for the Arts. We'll post the registration link as soon as it becomes available.


September 26, 2019 4:30-6:30 pm

October 24, 2019 4:30-6:30 pm

November 21, 2019 4:30-6:30 pm

December 12, 2019 4:30-6:30 pm

January 9, 2020 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Professional Development

Youth Mental Health First Aid - Youth Mental Health First Aid is a research-based training program for persons with limited mental health background to provide information and skills to identify and respond to children with symptoms that may indicate a mental health concern. The youth and adult courses (each are 8 CEU's) satisfies Lauryn's Law.


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


ACEs Master Presenter training is being co-sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education and the Family Tree as part of the BJA STOP School Violence Grant. This training will allow participants to present the ACEs training to other educators, families, and communities. See flyer in attachments.


College Board Fall Counselor Workshops (on-site and online)

https://counselors.collegeboard.org/professional-learning/workshops


ACT CCR Workshops

https://forms.act.org/learningevents/workshops/register.html


Yale Science of Well-being course

https://www.businessinsider.com/coursera-yale-science-of-wellbeing-free-course-review-overview


Microsoft Office PD Opportunities from the online registration system:


Microsoft Excel - Advanced Excel Features

Microsoft Excel - Creating & Formatting Spreadsheets

Microsoft Excel - Creating Charts

Microsoft Excel - Formulas & Linking Spreadsheets

Microsoft Excel - Headers, Footers, and Printing

Microsoft Excel - Tables & Pivot Tables

Microsoft Office 2013 - Excel: Navigating Through Spreadsheets

Microsoft Office 2013 - PowerPoint: Using Templates and Slide Masters

Microsoft Office 2013 - Word: Mail Merge

Microsoft Office 365 and OneDrive

Microsoft OneNote

Resource Roundup


The Maryland Crisis Line (available 24/7) can now be reached by dialing 211. There are new promotional materials that can be downloaded for free at the following link:


Suicide Prevention Toolkits are available! Materials include prints for magnets, posters, and a tri-fold wallet card.


Suicide Prevention Training - Please see the attached flier for a new free resource from Maryland Department of Health for suicide prevention training. It is an online module entitled, Suicide Prevention Training: Recognize, Ask, Care, and Encourage


Get a full set of Growth Mindsets Posters for free! These are a great resource to hang around your building to promote Growth Mindset.

2020 ASCA Conference Call for Proposals:

Have a great idea for a conference session you'd like to present? Submit your proposal by Sept. 3, 2019.

Inspiration and Good News

LOTS of good news to share!

Congratulations to Shedana Hayes-Agent, Deidre Gladden, Taisha Martin, and Lindsey Withrow for completing the Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training earlier this month! They are now "Koala-fied" YMHFA Instructors!


And much more good news that folks shared in the survey...


Welcomed bundles of Joy!

Lisa Bach – New Town High

Shannon Taylor – Deer Park Middle

Rhiannon McGowan – Southwest Academy

Amanda Diaz – Scotts Branch Elementary

Sarah Hashimoto – Carroll Manor Elementary

Dinah Hong - Fullerton Elementary

Baby on the way!

Melissa Frankle – Loch Raven Technical

Priscilla Robinson – Dumbarton Middle

Benjamin Allen – Perry Hall Middle

New Grandmother

Shirene Mumby – Hernwood Elementary

Learning Sign Language

Courtiney Jacobs – Towson High

Just Married

Caitlin Mcging – Bear Creek Elementary

Caitlin Furman – Perry Hall High

Getting Married

Morgan Matz – Woodlawn Middle

Ashley Jackson – Padonia Elementary

Heather Stackus –Owings Mills Elementary

Moving to a new home

Chloe Kazlow – Logan Elementary

Started a successful GSA

Monifa Lewis – Franklin Middle School

Tenured!

Kristen Matthew – Pinewood Elementary

Empty Nester

Stephanie Kousouris – Carver Center

Earned an Admin I Certificate

Christina Sargent – Catonsville Middle

Earned an LCPC

Priscilla Robinson – Dumbarton Middle

Bobby Vann – Crossroads Center

Zillah Ingram – Milford Mill Academy

Passed the NCE

Jessica Ferges – Holabird Middle

Earned an NCC

Carly Sherrod – Victory Villa

Obtained an LGPC

Amanda Kountz – Westowne Elementary

Opened a private practice

Taisha Martin – Dumbarton Middle School

In a cohort to support English Language Learners

Emily Dewlin – Dundalk High

Last class for Masters + 30

Courtney Cox – Woodlawn High

Last class for Masters + 60

Kathleen Lavery – Eastern Tech

Self-Care - Taking yoga

Lisa Ludwig – Rogers Forge Elementary

Sent her son off to college!

Danyelle Jones – Hawthorne Elementary

Happy to be alive!

John Roth – Catonsville Alternative

Additional Attachments

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Other 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