Office of School Counseling

Friday Sendoff - September 27, 2019

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Trailblazers plan for the "what ifs"

Students are often hesitant to leave the trail they're "comfortable" with. This trail feels less intimidating because they know others who have done it and it feels "easy." One of the reasons students hesitate about blazing a new trail or going down a trail that seems less comfortable is the "what ifs." What if I don't like it? What if it's hard? What if I make a mistake? What if I get overwhelmed? What if I took on too much?


Trailblazers already know about the "what ifs" As school counselors, we know how to prepare students and give them the tools and confidence to face those challenges and "what ifs" along the trail. From problem solving skills and coping skills to executive functioning and study skills, we've been putting these things in their backpack all along the K-12 journey. This might not make the "what ifs" feel easier but the students will feel prepared to overcome them.

MUST DO ITEMS - Please read this section carefully

Behavioral Threat Assessment Teams - Has your school's Behavioral Threat Assessment Team met yet this year? This team must not only meet and establish a routine but also complete the online Behavioral Threat Assessment Team form in the Threat Management Schoology group. This group does not have to be lead by the school counselor(s) but you should be a member of the team. Members include the School Counselor, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, Administrator(s), School Nurse, and Pupil Personnel Worker. It is important that your team collaborates and communicates about students' needs throughout the Threat Management Process. This is a reminder that a member of the team must submit the form for your school. The team only needs to submit the form once at the beginning of the school year. Both the form and the link to upload are in the Threat Management Schoology group.


Survey About LGBTQ+ Support - BCPS is gathering school based information regarding Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) and supports for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) within schools. The GSA Advisor or appropriate staff member should complete the survey by 5:00pm on Friday, September 27, 2019. Your assistance with completing this brief survey is greatly appreciated.



School Counseling Program Plan - see the 9/6/2019 newsletter for the timeline and resources. Your individual program plans are due November 1, 2019. The Program Plan template is also available in all 3 schoology groups in a folder titled "Program Planning Resources." The Padlet created in the Elementary Closing the Gap session is also available in the Elementary Schoology group.


Program Plan Bootcamps - If you plan to attend one of the OPTIONAL Program Plan Bootcamps, please RSVP on the 9/6/19 newsletter. The dates are 10/9 and 10/22.

Upcoming Meetings

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

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** Use of Time Template - Thank you to Tara Tyler and Katie Oppenheim who revamped the Use of Time spreadsheet that was shared. This spreadsheet (attached below and also available in all schoology groups) has the ability to tally your contacts FOR you! Email Jen Abbe with any questions.


**NEW** GLSEN Youth Summit - This event is an opportunity for LGBTQ youth and allies to connect with young leaders across the state of Maryland, with each other, and with local community leaders to network, build relationships, share knowledge, and develop plans for creating change in local communities. This event features keynote speakers and educational workshops. October 12th at Roland Park Country School.


**NEW** BCACD is excited to invite you to attend their first Professional Development of this school year. Drug Trends and Youth will be presented by the dynamic, superstar therapist Katie McCabe, LCPC (The Resource Group). This PD will take place on Wednesday, October 23rd from 4:45pm-6:15pm at Honeygo ES (Perry Hall). Earn CEUs! This PD is free for BCACD members and $20 for non-members. Please see the attached flyer for more information.


**NEW** A Message from BCACD - Don’t forget to join / renew your BCACD membership! As a member of BCACD, you can attend all of our professional development events at no charge! If you choose to join both BCACD and MSCA, you save $15! We accept payment in the form of checks, credit cards, Venmo and PayPal. Please see the attached BCACD Brochure and MSCA form for membership details.


SIS Discipline Access

A BIG Thank You to Dr. Nieves for advocating for School Counselors!! We have been given view-only access to discipline within the SIS. This will allow you to view discipline reports as well as major and minor incidents for all students within your schools.


Youth Mental Health First Aid Courses - We've been getting a lot of questions about these courses. Here are some points of clarification:


  • These courses are OPTIONAL and are offered to any BCPS employee.
  • School counselors can earn 8 CEU's toward the 15 required for Lauryn's Law from this course.
  • YMHFA courses are offered throughout the school year by various instructors and at various locations. MaatenRe and Jen are teaching courses on 9/30 and 10/18 but you can take any of the YMHFA courses offered.
  • There are TWO different courses offered on September 30th. If you signed up for one on this date, please note the time and location of the course for which you registered.


Out of the Darkness Walk - As a continuation of the Mind Over Matters campaign, BCPS is encouraging staff and community members to participate in the Out of the Darkness Walk, which is focused on Suicide Prevention. If your school/department is interested in forming a team to walk on October 6th, you can register here. If interested, people can register as individuals or as a team. Contact Janice Zimmerman at 410.887.5414 for more information.


Parent Workshop - On Saturday, October 12th, parents are invited to join the ONE LOVE Foundation at acac Timonium for a free Workshop, "Behind the Post", for Middle and High School Students and Parents. This Workshop reveals the impact social media plays in teen relationships. Flyer is attached below.


Grief Camps for Kids - The Counseling Center at Stella Maris is still accepting registrations for the next grief camp for kids. Ages 6-12, Saturday, October 12 @10:00 – 3:00. For more information, please email or call The Counseling Center at 410-252-2500 x7291. Flyer and registration in the attachments at the bottom of this sendoff.


Upcoming College Fair - Kenwood High School will host their 12th annual college fair on 10/22 at 6:00 - 7:30pm. All families and students are welcome to attend! They plan to have 50+ colleges, universities, trade schools, and military organizations. Please share this with the families at your school. Flyer attached at the bottom of this send-off.

Middle School Counselors

**NEW** CTE Presentation - The handouts from Alicia Fales's presentation are attached below. The PowerPoint was too large to upload to this send-off, so it is saved in Schoology. All of the CTE resources shared on 9/25/19 were placed in a folder called "CTE resources" in the curriculum folder. The Apprenticeships link was added to the 6 year plan recommendations bank in Schoology, as well.


**NEW** The October College & Career Newsletter link is https://www.smore.com/xhy0v

Secondary Counselors

Naviance College and Career Tools

Below are links to short videos you can watch on a variety of topics as needed:



• eDocs



• Videos that show the student process:



These videos are shorter in length (under 10 minutes) for you to watch on your own time. For some of them, you'll need to be logged into Naviance in order to access the video.

Department Chairs

Naviance User updates

Each year there are staff that are no longer associated with your school that need to be deactivated from your account. Please take a moment to review your school users and make users INACTIVE who are no longer in your building.


Assigning Naviance Programs

As discussed in the summer department chair meeting, your students will have Naviance tasks assigned to them today. Before visiting classrooms, please view your account to ensure students have tasks assigned associated with the Scope and Sequence. Any student who enrolls new to BCPS, will have to have the program assigned to them. If you have any questions, please MaatenRe.


Wells Fargo Resources

In past we've sent a shipment of Wells Fargo College Planning Guides and Five Step Guides to Financial Aid materials to your school. This year they're no longer printing the planning guides but you should expect a shipment of the financial aid resource within the next month. If you do not receive your shipment, please contact your Specialist.

High School Counselors

**NEW** MHEC FInancial Aid Updates - In the attachments below, you will find a PowerPoint from their presentation to the High School Chairs on 9/25. It includes MANY scholarship and grant opportunities.


**NEW** GED School Withdrawal Exemption Form - see in attachment below


**NEW** Notes from the HS Chairs Meeting on 9/25 - Thank you to Lou Wikes for taking these detailed notes! (see attachment below)


**NEW** PSAT/AP/SAT Fee Reduction Qualification Letter - see attachment below


**NEW** Updated Dual Enrollment Course list - see attachment below

School Based College Fairs

Perry Hall High School Fair - October 3rd at 8pm

Kenwood High School Fair - October 22nd at 6pm

Milford Mill Academy HBCU Fair - November 7th at 10am

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.

Recently Added/Updated Scholarships in Naviance

Prudential Spirit of Community of Awards Program

Horatio Alger Undergraduate Scholarship

Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship

RENSSELAER MEDAL PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP

RIT Computing Medal and Scholarship Program

RIT Innovation and Creativity Award and Scholarship Program

College Counselors

NEW*** Coppin State University MCAC Fee Waiver

Coppin State University has agreed to provide an application fee waiver code for high schools participating in the 2019 Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC). The fee waiver code is CSU2020. The code is active from Monday, September 30th through Friday, November 29, 2019

MCAC update: Morgan State University FEE WAIVER

The focus of the Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC) is to provide support to all students; particularly low-income, first-generation, unaccompanied homeless youth, foster care youth, in the juvenile services education system, and student with disabilities. This year, the college-campaign is also focusing on undocumented students. As we collaborate to provide supports to our future graduates, the college campaign is also working diligently to remove barriers as these students pursue their post-secondary education.

To assist the MCAC with removing barriers for schools participating in the MCAC, they are happy to announce that Morgan State University (MSU) has agreed to waive their application fee for one week during the college campaign! The week will be October 7th-11th. The MCAC is schedule to take place September 30-October 31, 2019. For students in participating MCAC schools interested in applying to MSU, please use the code MDFREE20.

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

https://intranet.bcps.org/superintendent/bulletin/2019/0920/Bulletin092019.pdf


459.RECEIVING TEXT MESSAGES THROUGH SCHOOLMESSENGER

460. REQUESTS FOR SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS

461. SCHOOLS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN NFL / BALTIMORE RAVENS VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY

462. THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF BCPS – 21ST CENTURY INSTRUCTIONAL INITIATIVE GRANTS

463. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RECYCLING PRESENTATIONS

466. ASPIRING LEADERS COURSE – FALL 2019

475. INNOVATION ACADEMY

479. MARYLAND CULTURAL PROFICIENCY CONFERENCE

489. SCHOOL COUNSELING – MANDATORY MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAIRS MEETING

490. SCHOOL COUNSELING – MANDATORY HIGH SCHOOL CHAIRS MEETING

503. EMPLOYEE WELLNESS ANNOUNCES FALL 5K WELLNESS SERIES

504. EMPLOYEE WELLNESS IS NOW OFFERING A SELF-DEFENSE WORKSHOP

505. FINANCIAL WELLNESS SERIES

510. OPEN ENROLLMENT 2020 MATERIALS

511. OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALK – OCTOBER 6, 2019

512. REPORTING SAFETY CONCERNS

513. SCHOOL COUNSELING – 2019-2010 COURSE REGISTRATION GUIDE CORRECTION

514. SCHOOL COUNSELING – UNITED STATES SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM (USSYP)

524. YOUTH SUICIDE: AWARENESS AND PREVENTION ONLINE TRAINING

Professional Development

**NEW**Drug Trends and Youth - 10/23/19 @ 4:45pm-6:15pm at Honeygo Elementary. Earn 1.5 CEUs! Free for BCACD members and $20 for non-members. See attached flyer below.



2 Back to Back Ethics Sessions 10/24/19 in Owings Mills - Earn up to 6 CEU's!


Ethical Decision Making 10/10/19 in Randallstown - 3 CEU's


The Change Ethic 10/31/19 in Pasadena - earn up to 6 CEU's


Through Grief and Through Growth: Promoting Support and Healing for Children and Adolescents in the Face of Loss Live Webinar 11/7/19 - Earn 2 CEU's


Creative Supervision Techniques 1/11/20 in Lutherville - Earn 4 CEU's (flyer is attached below)

Resource Roundup

Lending Library Item of the Week:

Office of School Counseling Lending Library

Additional Attachments

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.