Office of School Counseling
Friday Sendoff - August 30, 2019
Counselors are passionate about the journey
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.
Service Capture Training for School Counselors and NPI/MA Enrollment for LCPC's
Thursday, Sep. 12th, 9am-12pm
Greenwood, Building A, Board Room A
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend on September 12th. This class will be capped at 25 people.
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 Number – As 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.
Middle School Counselors
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
NACAC College Fair
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.
Relevant Bulletin Items
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
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
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
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.
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)
ACT CCR Workshops
Yale Science of Well-being course
Microsoft Office PD Opportunities from the online registration system:
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.
Inspiration and Good News
LOTS of good news to share!
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
Shirene Mumby – Hernwood Elementary
Learning Sign Language
Courtiney Jacobs – Towson High
Caitlin Mcging – Bear Creek Elementary
Caitlin Furman – Perry Hall High
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
Kristen Matthew – Pinewood Elementary
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