Office of School Counseling

Friday Sendoff - March 6, 2020

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Burnout can be an all too familiar experience, especially in helping professionals. We give and expend a great deal of emotional energy, and demands of the job are major contributors. Burnout can look like physical pains, sleep disturbances, changes in energy or concentration, plus more symptoms that may be easy to dismiss as something else. If you notice any of these and you’re wondering how to deal with burnout, give these strategies a try (and remember, caring for yourself is not selfish.

1 – Seek Counseling

Helpers need helpers too! Seek out counseling for yourself to deal with the experiences of burnout. The BCPS EAP program is just a phone call away.

2 – Advocate for Yourself

If conditions or demands at work are too much, speak up for yourself. Sit down with your administrator and go over your schedule (or ASCA documents, your contract, etc.) and brainstorm ways to remedy the situation. Reach out to specialist for support. We’re here to support you.

3 – Set Boundaries

Take e-mail off your phone. Don’t answer texts about work at home. Create a system for requesting time with you to cut down on pop-ins and hallway referrals. Set healthy boundaries to protect your space and time! Make it a SMART goal and track your progress to keep yourself focused on your desired outcome.

4 – Set Goals

Get long term goals for yourself to keep a future focus. They can be long term goals relating to work, like a solid organization system, or personal well being, like going to bed before 10:00 or getting ready for a 5k.

5 – Get Enough Sleep

Never underestimate the power of solid sleep! Set alarms to remind you to power down devices and head to bed earlier to make sure you’re getting that restorative sleep you need.

6 – Make Time for Relaxation

Make time for the things you love and things that help you feel calm and relaxed! Schedule it in and make a commitment to yourself.

7 – Exercise

Make time for your preferred type of exercise, even if it’s a daily walk around the block! Getting yourself moving can help your mood and also give your body the healthy boost it needs.

8 – Seek Out Positive Coworkers

Spend worktime with those who lift you up and have a positive focus on the task and avoid the trap of negativity and gossip. Maybe consider putting together a simple Sunshine Committee to spread some cheer and positivity to everyone in your school.

Upcoming Meetings

First Year Counselor Meeting

Wednesday, March 11th, 1-3pm

12250 Roundwood Road


This meeting is being in the Rec Center not in the school itself. There is a door to the left of the school entrance that will be marked. Do not enter thru school main entrance.

College Counselor Meeting

Thursday, March 26th, 9am-12pm

6901 North Charles Street

Towson, MD

**NOTE** This is a change in the building, meeting is being held in Greenwood Board Room A


**NEW**FREE Parent Workshops Spring 2020

Registration now open for Spring 2020 Parent Workshops sponsored by the Office of Special Education. Counselors are encouraged to share with families.

**NEW**The Dove Self Esteem Project

Dove Self-Esteem Project Confident Me! curriculum tackles very real issues that our children face every day. Lessons and videos encourage a different way of thinking. They challenge us to re-evaluate stereotypes, body image, and societal roles. Each lesson encourages young people to look beyond what we know, to question what we see, are told, and shown, and in that questioning to re-evaluate our standards as a culture, society, and as a person.

**NEW** Restorative Practices

If you have completed the 2 day or 4 day Restorative Practices training and are interested in becoming a Restorative Practices trainer with the district, please send your name to Jen Abbe along with the specific training you completed.

**NEW** Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Check out this great article about how every parent and educator is a role model. Kids actually learn more about character from how they see the adults around them interact with each other (rather than what the adults say to them). If you’d like to sign up for Character Lab’s weekly tip of the week, you can do so here. Topics include self-efficacy, gratitude, grit, curiosity, and empathy.

**NEW** Last Opportunity to take the Stakeholder's Survey

Dear School Counselors,

Your feedback guides our budget, staffing, and programs!

*Only takes 5 minutes

*Use any computer, device, or phone.

*16 languages available for students, parents, and community

**NEW** National Board Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

National Board Certification is a standards-based recognition of excellence in instruction and knowledge of practice. Through this rigorous application process, teachers are given the opportunity to demonstrate outstanding, creative, and reflective teaching that leads to student success. This accreditation carries high prestige nationally. Teachers who go through this process state it is the best professional decision they’ve ever made and assert it is the most transformative professional learning experience of their instructional career.

For more information about NBPTS, visit: or contact your specialist.

SCHOOL COUNSELING: Early Childhood through Young Adulthood (ages 3-18+)

Component Instructions

Component 1

Component 2

Component 3

Component 4

Applicable Standards

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, e-mail Sharon so we can look into creating a work group.

**NEW**Timber Grove Elementary School 5th Annual Parent Fair

Personal Invitation from Timber Grove Elementary - all welcome.

Tuesday, March 10th, 6pm

701 Academy Avenue

Owings Mills, MD

Timber Grove Elementary School’s

5th Annual Parent Fair

In collaboration with The Art Fair and Book Fair

March 10, 2020

6:00-7:30 PM

You will have the opportunity to see student’s artwork displayed throughout the school, shop at the book fair, visit with local businesses and organizations as well as meet with community partners.

Homeless Student List

School counselors are now able to access and view the Homeless Student List report in SIS. Let your specialist know if you are unable to access this report.

Maryland School Counselor Association (MSCA) Annual Conference - March 27, 2020

Register now for the 2020 MSCA Annual Spring Conference in Annapolis

Conference Topics:

  • Counseling Children from Substance Abusing Homes
  • Building Better Humans Through Collaboration and Consultation
  • Surviving Your First Year
  • Strategies for Children and Families Who Have Experienced Trauma

Spanish Course for School Counselors

We are forming a partnership with CCBC to offer Spanish courses specifically for school counselors. If you are interested, please complete this survey to help us make decisions about the course offerings.


The Baltimore County Association for Counseling and Development (BCACD) would like to recognize school counselors who have made impactful contributions to the school counseling profession with its annual SCOTY award. The SCOTY nominee must be a Baltimore County Public School (BCPS) counselor who has completed a minimum of five consecutive years of counseling service. The nominee should be able to demonstrate evidence of effective leadership, advocacy, and collaboration as part of a comprehensive, data-driven, school counseling program to address students’ academic, social/emotional, and career development.

A counselor from each school level – elementary, middle, and high school will be selected. Any BCPS employee, parent, or student can nominate a school counselor for this recognition. Winners of the SCOTY awards will be nominated for consideration for the Maryland School Counselor Association’s (MSCA) School Counselor of the Year.

To nominate a candidate for this award, please submit the School Counselor of the Year Nomination Form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 13, 2020.


The Baltimore County Association for Counseling and Development (BCACD) would like to recognize a Baltimore County Public School (BCPS) administrator, teacher, support staff, parent, or community member who consistently advocates for and supports the critical work school counselors do for all students. Any BCPS employee, parent, or student can nominate someone for SCATY award.

To nominate someone for this award, please submit the School Counseling Advocate of the Year Nomination Form. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 13, 2020.

Elementary Counselors


Are you planning to run a session with your 5th graders on how to use a combination lock? If so, don’t forget that we have combination locks in our Lending Library! E-mail Sharon if you’d like to borrow a set.

Pre-K Curriculum Writing

If you’ve developed lessons for pre-K students and are interested in creating district lessons, contact Sharon in the office. Please note, pre-K lessons are being developed as a supplemental resource for those elementary counselors who work with pre-K students. Facilitation of pre-K lessons is not a district expectation at this time.

High School Counselors

**NEW**Counselors for Computing workshop 4/17 at Morgan State in Baltimore free for MD counselors

Counselors for Computing provides information to school counselors about careers and opportunities in cybersecurity and computer science and supports those who advise students to encourage diverse learners into 21st century technology courses. Please pass along this free opportunity for a 1-day workshop at Morgan State on April 17th. Lunch and swag will be provided.

Counselors at schools with military connections are especially encouraged to apply.


Registration Form:

**NEW**Health Careers Institute at Dartmouth Summer Opportunities for Students

The Health Careers Institute at Dartmouth is being offered during July for high school students who have expressed an interest in working in health care or want to know more about clinical and non-clinical health careers. Students entering grades 10, 11, and 12 in the fall of 2020 who want to learn about careers and important issues and topics in health care today, are encouraged to apply.

For more information, the website is: The online application is now open and can be found on the website. The first round due date for applications of March 15th; applications will be accepted on a space-available, rolling basis after that date.

NCAA Grading Scale

Please be advised that the grading scale was updated for the 2019-2020 school year and beyond. Although BCPS awards additional quality points, 5 is the highest point value they offer. If you have questions about this or courses that should be added, please contact MaatenRe.

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COLLEGE FAIR 2020. This event will be held on Tuesday, March 10th at CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21237 and Wednesday, March 11th at CCBC Catonsville, 800 South Rolling Road, Baltimore, MD 21228. Both events will be held in the Wellness and Athletic Center, 6p.m. – 8p.m.

COLLEGE FAIR 2020 provides an outstanding marketplace for students and parents to talk to over 100 admission recruiters.

Senior Enrollment 2nd Semester

Just a reminder, in accordance with BCPS Policy 5250, IV Enrollment Requirements & in accordance with COMAR, any senior enrolling now must complete one full semester immediately preceding graduation in addition to meeting the other diploma requirements to receive a diploma. These students will have an opportunity to walk across the stage at the Summer Graduation. Any questions pertaining to this can be addressed with your counseling specialist.


General Provisions

A. Length of School Year. Maryland public high schools shall be open for at least 180 school days and a minimum of 1,170 school hours during a 10-month period in each school year.

B. Transfer Students.

(1) Attendance Requirements.

(a) To receive a diploma, a student shall be in attendance at a Maryland public high school one full semester immediately preceding graduation in addition to meeting the other diploma requirements.

Middle School Department Chairs

**NEW** Equity Article from 2/27 meeting

Thank you to Jill Jahries for sharing this article. This was part of our discussion at the recent meeting

Secondary Department Chairs

ASVAB CEP and Careers in the Military Both links from Colonel Michael Bennett's presentations have been added to the list of career links at the bottom of this send-off, as well as the Schoology group (in the curriculum folder).

6 Year Plan Completion - The current district average is 63%. Thank you to our schools who are at or above this number for making these face to face conversations with students a priority.

If you are having challenges in meeting the goal of 100% completion by June, please reach out to your specialist sooner rather than later. We are here to support you!

High School Department Chairs


MaatenRe was granted access to the directions yesterday in order to create a district file for all seniors. The report request PII including students social security numbers. She’s waiting for clarification as to whether that information can be shared and if so, the file will be created with information for all seniors and uploaded the MDCAPS website. We hope to have an update for you next week.

CCR Letters Update



College Counselors

**NEW** Dr. Joe A. Hairston Scholarship

During Dr. Hairston's tenure he was committed to creating a college going culture for all students. Two graduating BCPS seniors will each be awarded $2,000. Details and application can be found in Naviance. The goal is to have at least one applicant from each high school.. Scholarship available to student attending a 2-4 year college or technical school. Deadline to submit application is March 23, 2020.

Text, Talk, Set to Go.

In partnership with Active Minds, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, the School Social Work Association of America and Youth MOVE National, The Jed Foundation (JED) is excited to announce the spring 2020 launch of Text, Talk, Set to Go.
Text Talk Set to Go

Federal Student Aid - An Office of the U.S. Department of Education

On Feb. 23, Federal Student Aid will introduce new features on

Aid Summary

Aid Summary eliminates the need for students to log in to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) website to see their loan and grant information.

Loan Simulator

Loan Simulator does more than just replace Repayment Estimator. For example, it covers all federal loans in the repayment simulation—even if the user has multiple loan types. It also considers where the borrower is in the repayment journey instead of assuming the borrower is just starting to make payments.

Make a Payment Pilot

Borrowers with loans serviced by Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc., and Nelnet can now make standard monthly payments on

CCBC STEM scholarship opportunity

CCBC has a great opportunity for students interest in the STEM fields to receive scholarship money. Please review the letter below that was shared with secondary math and science department chairs as well.

Prom Closet Giveaway

Prom Closet giveaways will be held ​at the North Point and Owings Mills branches on Saturday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. Attendees will be invited to peruse the collection, try on clothing and accessories, and leave with one ensemble free-of-charge for the big dance.

For free prom dresses and volunteer ops for seniors who still need hours

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MHEC Financial Assistance Programs

State Financial Assistance Programs and Applications

Tuition Waiver for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients

NACAC Request for Admission Application Fee Waiver

Students who have limited financial resources may use the NACAC Request for Application Fee Waiver Form when applying for college. The form — aimed at students planning to enroll in post-secondary education immediately following high school graduation — helps ensure that access to college is possible for all.

College Fly-Ins

Recently Added/Updated Scholarships in Naviance

Terry Newendorp Environmental Scholarship - NOTE...Deadline extended to March 23, 2020

CASE Scholarship - Deadline April 17, 2020

Young Woman Voluntarism Scholarship - Deadline March 31, 2020

Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest - Deadline March 31, 2020

Women In Defense (WID) STEM Education Scholarship - Deadline April 12, 2020

Warrior's Legacy Scholarship - Deadline May 1, 2020

Relevant Bulletin Items

March 6, 2020 BCPS News Hub

BCPS News Hub is the new format for all superintendent bulletins.

Some highlights from the past week:



Professional Development

**NEW** Changing How We Feel By Changing How We Think 6 CEU's on 4/23/20 in Edgewood, MD. View Flyer for more info.

**NEW** Mixed Emotions: Motivational Interviewing and Resolving Ambivalence (Live Webinar) 4/2/20

**NEW**Introduction to Sand Tray Therapy 5/14/20 in Randallstown

**NEW**Getting to the Point! Methods and Applications of Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy 5/14/20 in Randallstown

**NEW**To Disclose or Not Disclose, That is the Ethical Question! 5/14/20 in Randallstown

Maryland Counseling Association MCSJ 2nd Annual Conference: "Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere" 4/25/20 in Baltimore. 7 CEU's available.

MSCA Conference 3/27/20 in Annapolis. CEU's will be available.

If you plan to attend any professional developments during the school day (outside of our mandatory meetings), you must get permission from your principal to be out of the building for that time.

Resource Roundup

Office of School Counseling Lending Library

Contact Sharon Holter to borrow any items.

Lending Library Items of the Week

We purchased Counselor Keri's Small Group Counseling Curriculum Bundle. All are available for preview. Below are 3 samples.

#RelationshipMatters in BCPS

Inspirational & Good News

Anyone ready for a Good Giggle?

Kid President's 20 Things We Should Say More Often


Schoology Access Codes

Elementary Counseling Curriculum: M4HSN-FCFN4

Secondary Counseling Curriculum: CFBV7-B6PCM

Threat Management: Q6RHK-WHHVC

College and Career Counseling: PFZD6-65N4V

Curriculum Updates: T7BM2-R8JSC

GSA Sponsors (LGBTQ+ resources): ZMBZ-4QXP-DKC89

Contact Information

Naviance Support: 1-866-337-0080 option 2 &

Signup Genius Support:

CPS email address:

MHEC FAFSA Completion (MD CAPS):

Counselor Observation and Evaluation Forms

The documents from this link are the most up to date and only forms that should be used for School Counselors. There are not online options or alternate observation forms for Counselors.

Office of Certification Contact Information

For information about recertification, growth charts and tuition, PD and conference reimbursements

Lauryn's Law Requirements and Course Offerings

This is the MSDE information page about Lauryn's Law requirements and local course offerings that fulfill the requirement.

Cigna Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Through EAP, you get access to licensed clinicians to help you with emotional, behavioral, and other issues you may be experiencing such as help with finding pet care, elder care and caregiver support.

Crisis Text Line

Free confidential crisis intervention via SMS message. The organization's services are available 24 hours a day, every day, throughout the US

BCPS School Counseling Pinterest

Check out our Pinterest page for ideas that will enhance your counseling program

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.