BHS School Counseling Newsletter

2017-2018 Volume 4 Issue 3

It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the 2017-2018 school year. We hope that the holiday season treated everyone well. 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 a help 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

February 1st - 16th - AP Exam Registration


February 9th - Last day to register for the March 10th SAT

MARCH

March 2nd - Midpoint of the 3rd Quarter Marking Period


March 9th - Last day to drop a course without a "W" on a transcript


March 9th - Last day to register for the April 14th ACT


March 15th - College Night for Junior Parents & Students, 7 pm in the HS Auditorium

APRIL

April 6th - Last day of the 3rd Quarter Marking Period (Subject to change due to possible snow days)


April 6th - Last day to register for the May 5th SAT


April 10th - The SAT will be offered for free to all juniors, no registration needed


April 11th - The PSAT10 will be offered for free to all sophomores, no registration needed

CLASS NEWS

Freshmen

  • ILP - Update your resume on Naviance
  • School counselors will be meeting with all freshmen individually in February to assist students with their course selection for next year. You may want to revisit the results from your Personality Inventory on Naviance to help select your electives.

Sophomores

  • ILP - Update your resume on Naviance
  • Make an appointment with your school counselor if you would like assistance with selecting your courses and/or creating/revising your 4-Year Plan.

Juniors

  • ILP - Update your resume on Naviance AND continue working on the College/Career you began during the Junior Workshops held in November. School Counselors will be meeting with you individually again in March 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.

Seniors

  • Mid-Year Reports and Transcripts are automatically submitted to all colleges listed on your Common Application accounts.
  • If you applied to a non-Common App school and would like your mid-year transcript sent to a college, please let your counselor know if you have not done so already.
  • 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!

2017-2018 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 5th, students must enter their course requests ONLINE via X2 and this must be done by February 16th.

· Students who cannot log into X2 should send an email to x2help@barringtonschools.org 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 an elective does not work in their schedule or the elective is full.

· 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

· Log into your X2 account. (Parental X2 accounts DO NOT have access to course requests.)

· Click on the My Info top tab.

· Click on the Requests side tab.

· You can then click on the Select button to enter a course or courses for each subject area.

· Click a check mark in the box for the course number you want to select.

· Be sure to select the right course number.

· Be sure to select both S1 and S2 for full year courses.

· If you are selecting a course that is out of the typical scope and sequence, please post a comment for your counselor in the text box below the course selections.

College Night for Junior Parents and Students

College Night for junior parents and students is scheduled for Thursday, March 15th at 7:00 pm in the High School Auditorium. This is a worthwhile event for both junior parents and students as Cynthia Bonn, Dean of Admissions at URI, will be presenting information about important factors in the college process. Attendees will have the opportunity to see how sample applications/transcripts are reviewed and evaluated.

Social Emotional Counseling Groups

The School Counseling Department provides group counseling services based on need each year. Below is a list of groups that we have run in the past. If you or someone you know would benefit from participating in a counseling group, please contact your school counselor for more information.


  • Students who are experiencing a family member's illness
  • Grief
  • Divorce
  • Senior Transition - students experiencing anxiety related to the demands of senior year
  • COA - Children of Addiction
  • Anxiety (general)
  • Connections
  • Maintaining Balance

Student Assistance Program News

The Student Assistance Program is offering many programs about substance use and social issues for students during the third quarter.

THINKFAST

On January 23rd the juniors participated in “Thinkfast Interactive”, a national game show program about distracted driving. This program was sponsored by the BHS HOPE club and funded by the RI Department of Health.

TOBACCO-FREE TEENS

On February 2nd 10 BHS students from the HOPE club participated in Rhode Island’s Tobacco-Free Teens conference at Rhode Island College. Students were trained to educate their peers about the dangers of smoking and vaping.


IT CAN WAIT PROGRAM

On February 7th the sophomores will participate in the RI Attorney General’s distracted driving program called It Can Wait. AG Peter Kilmartin, state police and reps from AT&T will be here to speak about the consequences of texting and driving.


VAPING PRESENTATION

On February 9th, David Neill from the US Attorney’s office will be here speaking to all freshmen about the negative health effects of vaping.


On March 20th students from the HOPE club will be presenting information on the negative effects of vaping to all middle school students.

OPIOID PRESENTATION

On March 27th juniors and seniors will see the new program “Four Legs to Stand On”, a dramatic production about opioid addiction. This program is sponsored by the RI Attorney General’s office.

Contact Information:

220 Lincoln Ave

Barrington, RI 02806


(401) 247-3154


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