Office of School Counseling

Friday Sendoff - October 18, 2019

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Trailblazers Personalize the Experience

Although students share racial, gender and/or cultural affinity, Trailblazers personalize counseling supports for students. This customized experience ensures you're meeting the individual needs of all students. Students are able to learn what makes them unique and introduce them to others who share some of the same characteristics. Imagine feeling like you're alone on your journey and your school counselor is able to show you that others have walked similar paths. That can make all the difference in the world for a student who needs those connections or confirmation that what makes them unique is truly special.

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

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 (the mansion), Boardroom A. Wear your BCPS badge to make sign in easier once you enter the building.


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

CTE Exploration Day for 1st Year Counselors

Thursday, Nov. 7th, 7:30-11:15am

1901 Delvale Avenue

Dundalk, MD

Once again, we are partnering with the CTE office to provide a day for 1st Year Counselors new to BCPS to learn about the CTE programs offered in BCPS. Meet current students in CTE programs, tour the classrooms, learn about the coursework, and get information to help your students set both academic and post-secondary goals.

Announcements

**NEW** Handle with Care - We had a few questions about the determination for notification to school principals. An SRO shared that there's no threshold to make schools aware of an incident that occurred within the community. It seems that the notifications occur for serious situations but more likely on a case by case basis. This happens because it's not protocol to ask children where they attend school when responding to a call. They're typically engaging in small talk with a child who could be traumatized by the event. As the process evolves, we'll likely see increased notifications.


**NEW** DSS STATE CLOSINGS - if you tried calling CPS on Monday, you learned that DSS was closed for the Columbus Day holiday. There is a recording available that gives the number for the After Hours Line (410-583-9398), which should be used anytime the office is closed. Just so you know, DSS has another State closure coming up when schools are open on Veteran's Day 11/11/19.


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.


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.


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/

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** Career Girls - CareerGirls.org is a comprehensive video-based career exploration tool for girls. It’s free to use, and, as important, it's free of ads. They have the largest online collection of career videos focusing exclusively on diverse and accomplished women, and we add to it weekly.

https://www.careergirls.org/


Career Girls Skills Based Empowerment Lessons

https://www.careergirls.org/be-empowered/develop-life-skills/


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

**NEW** US Naval Academy Summer STEM

Do you have students thinking of a career as a coder, game developer, designer, or robotics engineer? Then they should start with the experience of a world-class program like the Naval Academy’s Summer STEM Program.


STEM is all about exploring, creating, building, and making things better, and at our Summer STEM Program, they’ll do just that. They'll work with students from all over the country as they test your problem-solving, creativity, and collaboration skills.

High School Department Chairs

High School Counselors

**NEW** US Naval Academy Summer Seminar

If you have students in their junior year of high school and are considering the Naval Academy, it's strongly recommend they consider applying to Summer Seminar. Summer Seminar will introduce you to life at the Academy, where they'll experience first-class academic, athletic, and professional training. click the link below for more information.

Monthly Job Outlook Information - See attachments below


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.


The PowerPoint from the 10/9/19 FSA Webinar on FAFSA Updates is in the attachments below.

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

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/

Scholarships Expiring in October

College Counselors

**NEW** Naval Academy Nominations - During our meeting, the Commander explained that part of the application process involved four nominations students must obtain, each with their own deadline. Below is a link to more information about nominations (reminder: the Vice President nomination is the easiest and should be one students definitely apply for).


https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Apply/Nomination-Sources.php


Ben Cardin service academy nomination process:

https://www.cardin.senate.gov/help/service-academy


Chris Van Hollen service academy nomination process:

https://www.vanhollen.senate.gov/constituent-services/academy-nominations


Elijah Cummings service academy nomination process:

https://cummings.house.gov/services/service-academy-nominations



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** UMBC College Application Waiver - The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) has partnered with the Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC) to provide an application fee waiver for participating schools in the college campaign. The application fee waiver code, MCAC2019, has been added as one of the UMBC specific fee waivers on the Common App. Currently the code is available for use for the 2019-2020 application cycle (through July 31, 2020).


**NEW** Common Black College App: FEE REDUCTION - BCPS seniors may apply to the 56 member HBCU's with the promotion code for only $15. Please encourage your students to select “Apply All” when completing the CBCA. To apply, click the link below:



**NEW** 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.


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



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 11, 2019 Bulletin

https://intranet.bcps.org/superintendent/bulletin/2019/1011/Bulletin101119.pdf


662. E-MAIL SAFETY

663. EMPLOYEE SELF SERVICE (ESS)

674. HEALTH SERVICES- YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING

676. MARYLAND CULTURAL PROFICIENCY CONFERENCE

682. RESTORATIVE PRACTICES TRAINING FOR BCPS LEADERS

690. SPECIAL EDUCATION – GIVING A FISH A BATH: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE ADOLESCENT MIND

693. SPECIAL EDUCATION – OVERCOMING DEPRESSION: FUNCTIONAL COPING SKILLS FOR TEENS AND TWEENS

694. SPECIAL EDUCATION – ROOTS AND WINGS: PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL

695. STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES-RECORDS TRAINING-FALL 2019

696. TED MASTERCLASS

697. TITLE I PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITY: MCKINNEY-VENTO SCHOOL-BASED LIAISON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FALL 2019

702. ATTENDANCE AWARENESS MONTH 2019-2020

707. MANDATORY STUDENT DATA PRIVACY COMPLIANCE TRAINING

709. MULTILINGUAL MAGNET PROGRAM INFORMATION VIDEOS AVAILABLE!

711. OPEN ENROLLMENT 2020

712. REQUIRED ONLINE CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT ANNUAL TRAINING MODULE REMINDER

717. TITLE I ANNOUNCEMENT: SCHOOL-BASED HOMELESS LIAISON ROLE

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

Lending Library Items of the Week:


Mind Up is a research-based curriculum that features 15 lessons using the latest information about the brain to dramatically improve behavior and learning for all students. Each lesson offers easy strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life. We have 2 versions of this book in our lending library, one for grades Prek - 2 and one for grades 3 - 5.


Girls in Real Life Situations is a unique group counseling curriculum that provides over 80 activities divided into ten session themes. During group lessons, young girls are encouraged to share feelings and struggles as they openly discuss important issues in a safe and supportive environment. They are given the opportunity to feel empowered, gain self-awareness, develop coping strategies, improve problem-solving skills, understand that they are not alone, and learn to make healthy decisions. We have 2 versions of this curriculum, one for K-5 and one for 6 -12

Office of School Counseling Lending Library

Inspiration and Good News

The College Counselors visited the Naval Academy on Tuesday where they heard from Commander Fajardo about the application process, requirements, their core curriculum, majors offered, extracurricular activities, career options, and life at the academy. They also got a tour of the campus from a recent graduate who shared about his journey and how the Naval Academy helped him reach his career goals.

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.