BHS School Counseling Newsletter

2019 - 2020 Issue 2

It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the 2019-2020 school year. As students begin their second semester of classes, we also start to turn our attention to course selection for next year. We provided an overview of this process in this newsletter and hope that it is helpful to students, parents and teachers. Lastly, this newsletter also outlines programs that are coming up in the next two months that target the college/career and personal/social domains. Please contact your school counselor directly if you have any questions.

Upcoming Dates & Deadlines


February 28th - Midpoint of the 3rd Quarter Marking Period

February 28th - Last day to register for the April 4th ACT


March 6th - Last day to drop a course without a "W" on a transcript

March 11th - College Night for Junior Parents & Students, 7 pm in the HS Library

March 25th - The SAT will be offered for free to all juniors, no registration needed

March 27th - March 14th SAT scores available


April 3rd - Last day to register for the May 2nd SAT

April 3rd - Last day of the 3rd Quarter Marking Period (Subject to change due to possible snow days)

April 22nd - The PSAT10 will be offered for free to all sophomores, no registration needed



  • Individual Learning Plan (ILP) Update - In the fall, counselors met with students to introduce to Richer Picture, the platform that freshmen and sophomores will be using to create their Individual Learning Plans. (For more information on Richer Picture please see the article below.) Students will have the opportunity to establish three goals (academic, college/career, and personal/social), input any relevant information into their resume and complete a personality inventory.


  • Individual Learning Plan (ILP) Update - In the fall, counselors met with students to introduce to Richer Picture, the platform that freshmen and sophomores will be using to create their Individual Learning Plans. (For more information on Richer Picture please see the article below.) Students will have the opportunity to establish three goals (academic, college/career, and personal/social), input any relevant information into their resume and complete a personality inventory.


  • ILP - Update your resume on Richer Picture AND continue working on Naviance to explore post-secondy schools and careers. School Counselors will be meeting with you individually and we will review your college/career list on Naviance. We will also review your course selection with you during this meeting.
  • Complete your registration for the SAT and/or ACT tests that you plan to take this spring.


  • Mid-Year Reports and Transcripts were submitted to all colleges listed on your Common Application accounts.
  • Finalize any regular decision applications that you may have.
  • Check the School Counseling Website regularly to monitor the available scholarships that are posted.
  • There are many local scholarships that students should consider applying for...every little bit helps!

2020-2021 Course Selection Process Review

· The Program of Studies is posted on the BHS Website.

· Students are encouraged to review the course recommendations that their current teachers have entered into X2.

· Students can request to meet with their counselors individually if they need any assistance with selecting their courses and/or creating/revising their 4-Year Plan.

· Beginning February 3rd, students must enter their course requests ONLINE via X2 and this must be done by February 14th.

· Students who cannot log into X2 should send an email to and request access to their X2 account.

· Students must select a total of 6.0 or 6.5 credits.

· Students should list alternate choices for electives in the event that it does not work in their schedule, it is full or it does not run.

· Once courses are selected and entered into X2, counselors will work with students, parents, and teachers regarding any scheduling concerns that arise.

Student Instructions for Entering Course Requests on X2

  • First log into Aspen, click the My info top tab, Requests side tab

  • Choose your courses. Make sure you click on the correct course number
  • If this is a full course - select both S1 and S2.
  • Can't remember your password? Email
  • Make sure you have the course numbers available to enter into Aspen
  • All courses are listed by Department - you should have a MATH, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES, ENGLISH course, then electives.
  • Enter the course number, it will populate BOTH Semester 1 and Semester 2
  • PE is pre-loaded with .50 credits
  • You should have a minimum 6.0 credits and a maximum of 6.5 credits.
  • If the course you want is not listed because it is not in the typical scope and sequence, please type a note and your counselor will see it, then click post.
  • Courses will list in their abbreviated form, ex: you sign up for Spanish II - this means Spanish 2, level 1, it will list as Span I, it's abbreviated list. As long as you have inputted the correct course number, it is correct. Keep in mind ALL courses are checked by counselors AND subject teachers.
  • Make sure you input alternate electives. If you do not get into an elective, your name will be added to an alternate course.

CTE & Graduation Pathways - Exciting Options for the Class of 2021, 2022 and Class of 2023

Starting with the class of 2021, students have the option of completing a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathway and/or a Graduation Pathway.

Here is a brief description of the two types of pathways currently offered at BHS:

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Certification Pathways - This option begins freshman year with the selection of specific classes as well as the completion of 80 hours of work-based learning to be completed over the duration of a student's high school career. All CTE Certification Pathways conclude with a certification assessment and recognition by the State of Rhode Island.

Current CTE Pathways include the following:

3-D Design
Computer Information Sciences
Television Production

Graduation Pathways - This option will allow students to declare a Graduation Pathway during the second semester of sophomore year. There is a series of required coursework, optional coursework, and 30 hours of work-based learning. In addition, an application project must be completed. There is not a required certification assessment, and this is not recognized by the State of Rhode Island.

Current Graduation Pathways include the following:

Business Pathways
- Finance
- Entrepreneurship
- Marketing

The Arts Pathway
- Music Teaching

STEM Pathways
- Robotics
- Laboratory Technician
- Coding
- Science Research

Government & Citizenship Pathway

Both CTE and Graduation Pathway options allow students to take 1-2 less credits to graduate based on the number of selected pathways.

Stay tuned for more exciting options as more pathways develop!

*Please see the Program of Studies for more guidelines and specifics.

*You can also view the BHS website for further information.

Richer Picture

Richer Picture is a new platform that Barrington High School students can use for various purposes. First, this is where students’ Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) will be created and updated on a yearly basis. The ILP allows students to set and manage goals, keep track of personal accomplishments in a resume, and learn more about themselves through various activities. In addition, Richer Picture will help students track specific graduation requirements that have to be completed over the four years at BHS. They can also save specific work, such as projects, papers and portfolios, which may be helpful for future purposes such college applications. And finally, now that there are so many exciting opportunities for students to pursue their interests by declaring either a CTE Pathway or Graduation Pathway, Richer Picture will help them track their progress towards the completion of specific requirements related to these, including necessary coursework and learning experience hours. Richer Picture has many features to explore and we look forward to sharing this with students during this month's advisory.Richer

College Night for Juniors and Their Parents

College Night for juniors and their parents is scheduled for Tuesday, March 11th at 7:00 pm in the High School Library. This is a worthwhile event as Cynthia Bonn, Dean of Admissions at URI, will be presenting information about important factors in the college search process.

Social Emotional Counseling Groups

The School Counseling department will be running several counseling groups throughout the year.

Below is a list of groups that counseling staff will run if we have enough interest:

• Anxiety (general)/Stress

• Grief

• COA - Children of Addiction

• Newcomers - Students new to the district

• Connections - Students experiencing difficulty making friends and/or building relationships

• Substance Use - Students who want to decrease/stop using substances

• Senior Transition - Students experiencing anxiety related to the demands of senior year

If you or someone you know would benefit from participating in a counseling group, please contact your school counselor for more information.

Each group will meet once per week for six weeks.

Student Assistance Program News

The Student Assistance Program is offering the following presentations/activities for students during the second semester


On February 27th, all sophomores will participate in a distracted driving program called the "Save a Life Tour". Students will learn about different types of distracted driving and have a chane to use a driving simulator that showcases how distractions and impairment affect driving abilities.


March 18th, BHS will be celebrating "Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action", by sharing information with students about the harmfu effects of tobacco and nicotine in all types of products including vapes.


This semester, students in grades 9-12 will view The First Day, a substance use prevention film by Chris Herren. Herren, former NBA player, author and wellness advocate has shared his story with over 1 million people nationwide. The First Day chronicles his journey, revealing Herren's vulnerability and his profound connections with high school students. The first Day addresses issues that school systems, communities and people across the country are impacted by both directly or indirectly including substance use and mential illness.

Students will also take part in an advisory lesson that addresses issues from the film


Children of Substance Abusers Group- This group is for students who have a parent or sibling who struggle with a substance use disorder.

Senior Group- Focus will be on senior students who are experiencing stress around transition to college, the military or the workforce.

To refer a student to a group, please call Student Assistance Counselor Joanne Royley MA, CSAC at (401) 247-3154 or email at

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220 Lincoln Ave

Barrington, RI 02806

(401) 247-3154

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